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Love & Basketball (2000)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance, Sport  |  21 April 2000 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jess Willard ...
Kelvin (as Chris Warren Jr.)
Naykia Harris ...
Colleen Matsuhara ...
UCLA Coach
Highschool Referee #1 (as Nathaniel Bellamy)


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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A story of the passion it takes to keep your dreams alive. See more »


Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

21 April 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Love and Basketball  »

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,139,180 (USA) (21 April 2000)


ESP 334,150 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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Did You Know?


In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Sanaa Lathan said her basketball tryout was terrible because she'd never played before. "It was so embarrassing because literally I didn't know how to dribble. I didn't know how to hold the ball. But I'm proud of how it looks [in the movie]. I had no idea I would be able to do it." See more »


At the dance, Monica tells her date she feels hot, so Jason goes to get her some punch. Quincy comes over to talk to Monica, then has an awkward moment when Jason returns and takes Monica onto the dance floor. Jason never has or mentions punch. See more »


Quincy: I took the ho to Burger King.
Monica: Cheap date.
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Crazy Credits

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


Featured in This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006) See more »


My Prerogative
Written by Gene Griffin, Bobby Brown and Teddy Riley
Performed by Bobby Brown
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
Under liccense from Universal Music Enterprises
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Unexpectedly Emotional
19 August 2001 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

This is not just another sports movie. It's a story about the many layers of love: mother and child, father and child, between siblings, between friends, the romantic love between a man a woman, and love for sport and trying to maintain and balance of all of these. Basketball is the back drop but the characters are the story. I can watch it everyday and will have a tear in my eye each time.

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