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Love & Basketball (2000)

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenndon Chatman Glenndon Chatman ... Young Quincy
Jess Willard Jess Willard ... Jamal
Chris Warren ... Kelvin (as Chris Warren Jr.)
Kyla Pratt ... Young Monica
Alfre Woodard ... Camille Wright
Naykia Harris Naykia Harris ... Young Lena
Harry Lennix ... Nathan Wright
Debbi Morgan ... Nona McCall
Dennis Haysbert ... Zeke McCall
Sanaa Lathan ... Monica Wright
Omar Epps ... Quincy McCall
Colleen Matsuhara Colleen Matsuhara ... UCLA Coach
Al Foster Al Foster ... Coach Hiserman
Nathaniel Bellamy Jr. ... Highschool Referee #1 (as Nathaniel Bellamy)
Regina Hall ... 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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

21 April 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love and Basketball See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

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

Quotes

Monica: It's a trip, you know? When you're a kid, you-you see the life you want, and it never crosses your mind that it's not gonna turn out that way.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in 2001 MTV Movie Awards (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

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Written by David Elliot, Shock-G (as Gregory E. Jacobs), George Clinton,
Bernard G. Worrell and Bootsy Collins (as William "Bootsy" Collins)
Performed by Digital Underground
Courtesy of Tommy Boy Records
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Terrific Non-Stereotypical, Feminist African-American Romance
12 December 2005 | by noraleeSee all my reviews

"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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