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Jada Pinkett Smith,
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
Omar Epps and Regina Hall both have connections to Scream 2 (1997). Epps played the boyfriend of Jada Pinkett-Smith's character in Scream 2, whereas Hall played a spoof of Pinkett-Smith's character in Scary Movie (2000). 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 »
[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.
But, uh... I thought Sidra's ankle was OK for next game.
You want the job, or not?
[Keeps staring at Coach Davis]
It just... it just seems like you're always riding me.
[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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The end of the creidts show Quincy's and Monica's daughter dunking a basketball . See more »
"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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