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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 <>

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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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$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 »


Some of the high school players' numbers end in 6, 7, 8, or 9, which is not allowed in high school basketball. See more »


Young Quincy: Can't do this shit!
Zeke McCall: Boy, what did I tell you about using that word?
Young Quincy: Can't should never be in a man's vocabulary.
Zeke McCall: And why not?
Young Quincy: Cause when you say can't you aint a man!
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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 Psych: Lassie Jerky (2013) See more »


Our Destiny
Written by Hinda Hicks, Eric Jackson and Mike Hamilton
Courtesy of Island Records UK
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Love and Basketball
27 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

i love this movie.. actually i watching it now.. I love how it puts love into one of my favorite sports.. its so much fun to watch and you never get sick of watching it. It shows how Monica and Q have grown through the "quarters"in the movie.. This movie reminds me a lot of my first love, when we broke up I still loved him just as Monica did with Q.. My favorite part of this movie is when everything is going great with them and they are in college and their life just seems perfect. My least favorite part is when they are going through their crossroads because i hate to see people that are so in love break up. this is my favorite movie and i would recommend it to anyone!!!

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