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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

Boris Kodjoe & Sanaa Lathan would star together 2 years later as a couple (briefly) in "Brown Sugar". 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

Young Quincy: Can't do this shit!
Zeke McCall: Boy, what did I tell you about using that word?
Young Quincy: Can't should never be in a man's vocabulary.
Zeke McCall: And why not?
Young Quincy: Cause when you say can't you aint a man!
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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 This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Holding Back The Years
Written by Neil Moss and Mick Hucknall (as Michael James Hucknall)
Performed by Angie Stone
Angie Stone appears courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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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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