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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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UCLA Coach
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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 <>

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


Drama | Romance | Sport

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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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$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?


After playing a smooth-talking player in Waiting to Exhale (1995), Dennis Haysbert was hesitant to play another cheater. He told Jet he took the role because "Then I saw the emphasis was going to be on the father-son relationship. That was something that was close to my heart." See more »


When Quincy is kissing a girl in front of her car, in the background, the shadow of the crew microphone can be seen on the grass. See more »


Camille Wright: I don't know why I keep wishing that you'll grow out of this tomboy phase.
Monica: I won't. I'm a lesbian.
[her sister cracks up]
Camille Wright: That's not funny.
Monica: That's what you think, is it? Because I'd rather wear a jersey than an apron?
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in The Tracey Fragments (2007) See more »


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Written by Paul Laurence
Performed by Freddie Jackson
Courtesy of EMI Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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love & basketball & family & gender roles &...
18 April 2000 | by (LA, CA) – See all my reviews

I was watching a Lakers games when I first saw a commercial for Love & Basketball, so naturally it was comprised of mostly basketball action and a snippet of an adult version of the b-ball game HORSE. I thought, "oh, cute movie about a guy and girl who play basketball and get together". Not exactly earth-shattering, I thought, but cute. So imagine my surprise when I saw the film start like a cute movie but then evolve. And deepen. And bloom. I laughed, I sat on the edge of my seat in anticipation, and I swear I almost cried. A "cute" movie? This film had levels I hadn't dreamed of and spoke to so much more than just sex and basketball, and yet all of it was held together cohesively by the love affair and the commitment to the sport. I was thoroughly impressed by the performances all around and by Ms. Prince-Blythewood's unerring writing and direction. A definite recommendation.

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