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Love & Basketball (2000)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance, Sport | 21 April 2000 (USA)
Monica and Quincy love and play basketball together through many life challenges from childhood to adulthood.

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Coach Hiserman
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Highschool Referee #1 (as Nathaniel Bellamy)
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Lena Wright
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In 1981 in L.A., Monica moves in next door to Quincy. They're 11, and both want to play in the NBA, just like Quincy's dad. Their love-hate relationship lasts into high school, with Monica's edge and Quincy's top-dog attitude separating them, except when Quincy's parents argue and he climbs through Monica's window to sleep on the floor. As high school ends, they come together as a couple, but within a year, with both of them playing ball at USC, Quincy's relationship with his father takes an ugly turn, and it leads to a break up with Monica. Some years later, their pro careers at a crossroads, they meet again. It's time for a final game of one-on-one with high stakes. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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All's fair in love and basketball. See more »

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Drama | Romance | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,139,180, 23 April 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$27,441,122, 13 August 2000
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Trivia

This is the second incident where Omar Epps has played a character named Quincy. The first being in 1992's Thriller/Drama Juice, starring Tupac Shakur. There, Epps plays Quincy 'Q' Powell as opposed to Quincy 'Q' McCall in this film. See more »

Goofs

"Candy Girl" by New Edition is featured in the First Quarter scene at the beginning, when the kids are playing basketball. The scene takes place in 1981 and "Candy Girl" was released in 1983. See more »

Quotes

Monica: So that's it? Just forget about you and me?
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Crazy Credits

The end of the creidts show Quincy's and Monica's daughter dunking a basketball . See more »

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Referenced in Late Night with Conan O'Brien: The Skeleton Show (2006) See more »

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Holding Back The Years
Written by Neil Moss and Mick Hucknall (as Michael James Hucknall)
Performed by Angie Stone
Angie Stone appears courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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Terrific Non-Stereotypical, Feminist African-American Romance
12 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

"Love and Basketball" is one of the most feminist and non-stereotypical teen-through-20something movies I've ever seen.

It's in effect a tribute to Title IX and the WBNA, casually showing a girl with basketball dreams, and how it affects her personal life and those around her. Highly recommended for teens!

As good as Omar Epps was though, I thought he was a bit short to be believable as an NBA prospect.

Except for one talky section of the movie towards the end where everyone pretty much says the obvious about their relationships, the rest of the character development is done visually and through situations and not one sports movie (or African-American) cliché. It is a date movie because both leads change.

Stay through the credits to see a sweet shot at the end.

I was girding for a hip hop soundtrack, but it's old school R & B all the way and lovely to listen to (complete with a wonderful line that the audience really appreciated: "Mom, why are you drinking? I haven't seen you drink so much since Marvin Gaye died."

(originally written 5/6/2000)


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