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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

Gross USA:

$27,441,122
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Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

6 years earlier, Omar Epps and Dennis Haysbert played teammates in Major League II See more »

Goofs

When Monica is playing for Barcelona in the Euro Championship, she encounters her former college teammate (Sidra), who is playing for the opponent (Parma). One would assume that there would be a lot of game-planning and film watching prior to a big game such as this. Despite this, both are surprised to see the other in the hallway leading up to the court. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Late Night with Conan O'Brien: The Skeleton Show (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet Thing
Written by Chaka Khan (as Yvette Stephens) and Tony Maiden
Performed by Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
Courtesy of MCA Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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The title says it all
22 April 2000 | by Shiva-11See all my reviews

Love and Basketball: Monica and Quincy have lived beside one another since they were kids, and they only care about two things in life - basketball and each other.

I am definitely more of a movie fan than a basketball fan, thus I went in expecting a jock flick with a token relationship thrown in to justify the title. I could not have been more wrong. Unlike "He Got Game" (another very good film), which dwells solely on the negative aspects of the sport - hustlers, hookers, drugs and death, L&B concentrates on the positive things in life and basketball serves as the background rather than the focus. The story is very well written and works on several levels - it refuses to be pinned down as simply a romance or drama, choosing instead a careful blending of different elements. My only complaint - minor at that - would have to be the ending (and no I'm not going to tell you).

First, how could I find fault with a film that actually does a great casting job with Tyra Banks? She has a small cameo role- she plays a beautiful stewardess, small stretch - with some great lines. Omar Epps brings his trademark cockiness to the role, and although it took me awhile to buy him as a basketball player -he's not exactly Goliath -he grows on you. More importantly, he exhibits and a depth and range that he's never shown before. Sanaa Lathan however, goes one step further, and demonstrates an intensity both on and off the court that puts her in a league all her own. Her performance can be summed up as superb.

L&B is real, engaging, and enjoyable.

Don't miss it.


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