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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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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

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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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Appeared on Entertainment Weekly's list of The 50 Best Movies You've Never Seen in the Jul 16, 2012 issue. See more »


When Monica and Quincy are playing basketball for Quincy's heart, the Nike swoosh on Monica's sports bra appears and disappears. See more »


Coach Davis: [In her office after a game] We've got our final games against Oregon and Oregon State, and I'm shaking things up a bit, so... I'm starting you at point again.
Monica: But, uh... I thought Sidra's ankle was OK for next game.
Coach Davis: [impatiently] You want the job, or not?
Monica: Yeah.
[Keeps staring at Coach Davis]
Coach Davis: What?
Monica: It just... it just seems like you're always riding me.
Coach Davis: [pauses, then speaks] You think I'd go hoarse for a player with no potential? When I ignore you... then you worry.
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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 Hollywood's Top Ten: Shootin' Hoops (2011) See more »


Dance Tonight
Written by Dawn Robinson and Raphael Saadiq
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A great relationship film, I give it a 10
18 January 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First off, let me say that I am a huge fan of almost every sport known to mankind. Now perhaps because of this, you'd think I'd enjoy movies easier whose central theme revolves around a sport. Contrary to that notion though, I am often a hard rater of sports movies because I expect so much from them.

I really enjoyed this movie though. I thought the acting by both Lathan and Epps was outstanding. I found it to be extremely realistic, with the exception of seeing Epps in a Laker uniform, but other than that, it was real. At one point during the film, I really started to wonder if this film was based on a true story or something, how cool would that have been. Nonetheless, the fictional story is captivating.

Yes I am a guy and I love sports, but I do like watching the occassional love story. I liked Pearl Harbor and Titantic which revolved around love stories, and I liked this love story too. There is more to it though, than just two people who fall for each other who happen to play basketball.

There is the relationship not only between Quincy and Monica, but the relationships they had with their father and mother respectively. There is also the relationship they have with the world they live in, trying to find out what they really want in life. It really makes you think about how sometimes the very thing you are looking for is actually standing right there in front of you and you don't realize it.

In the end, I loved Love and Basketball, and I give it a 10.

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