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Love & Basketball (2000)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance, Sport | 21 April 2000 (USA)
Monica and Quincy love and play basketball together through many life challenges from childhood to adulthood.

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Jamal
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Kelvin (as Chris Warren Jr.)
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Naykia Harris ...
Young Lena
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Nathan Wright
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Colleen Matsuhara ...
UCLA Coach
Al Foster ...
Coach Hiserman
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Highschool Referee #1 (as Nathaniel Bellamy)
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Lena Wright
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Storyline

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 »

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Drama | Romance | Sport

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

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,139,180, 23 April 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$27,441,122, 13 August 2000
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Trivia

Producer Spike Lee believed the female lead should have believable basketball skills. Gina Prince-Bythewood said in an interview "I saw over 700 people for the part: actors, ballplayers, people who had never acted before in their life. It finally came down to Sanaa [Lathan] and Niesha Butler [a star player at Georgia Tech and 1999 Atlantic Coast Conference rookie of the year]. I put Sanaa with a basketball coach for two months and Niesha with an acting coach." See more »

Goofs

The interlocked "SC" logo appears in numerous shots, particularly during the women's practices and games in the gym. That logo was designed in 1993, and was first used that fall. The script "uSc" logo was heavily used before that. It appears in other places throughout the film, including the men's basketball team shorts and the coach's door. See more »

Quotes

Monica: [reads note] "Q, you are SO fine. I been wantin' to get with you. Take me to the Spring Dance and I promise I'll leave you satisfied."
[In a disgusted tone]
Monica: Ugh... What a ho!
Quincy: Why she gotta be a ho? Cuz she wants to get with me?
Monica: Um, she's a ho because she's sending her coochie through the mail! I mean, she's not saying "You're a nice guy, and I want to get to know you." She's saying, "I wanna bone!"
Quincy: At least she's honest.
Monica: [rolling her eyes] Yeah... an honest tramp ass ho! But then, I guess you'll ...
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Crazy Credits

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

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Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Lyte As A Rock
Written by MC Lyte and Audio Two
Performed by MC Lyte
Courtesy of Electra Entertainment Group
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Intelligent romantic comedy with a feminist touch.
24 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

I loved that Monica was fierce about her love of basketball, had a quick temper on the court, and knew exactly what she wanted. I kept waiting for her to punch out those idiot female high school classmates of hers who kept picking on her because she was a tomboy. There was a nice contrast between Monica's independence and the traditional homemaker route that her mother took. The subplot about the troubled marriage of Quincy's parents was also well done. I have seen other basketball movies ("Above The Rim" and "He Got Game" comes to mind), but this is one of the better ones, esp. since it tells the story from the viewpoint of the female athlete, and an African-American one, at that. I wholeheartedly recommend this. It's free of the fluff that permeates other romantic dramas.


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