Love & Basketball (2000)


A young African-American couple navigates the tricky paths of romance and athletics in this drama. Quincy McCall (Omar Epps) and Monica Wright (Sanaa Lathan) grew up in the same neighborhood and have known each other since childhood. As they grow into adulthood, they fall in love, but they also share another all-consuming passion: basketball. They've followed the game all their lives and have no small amount of talent on the court. As Quincy and Monica struggle to make their relationship work, they follow separate career paths though high school and college basketball and, they hope, into stardom in big-league professional ball.

Love & Basketball (2000)

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Released Year: 2000
Runtime: 124 minutes
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport

Storyline


A young African-American couple navigates the tricky paths of romance and athletics in this drama. Quincy McCall (Omar Epps) and Monica Wright (Sanaa Lathan) grew up in the same neighborhood and have known each other since childhood. As they grow into adulthood, they fall in love, but they also share another all-consuming passion: basketball. They've followed the game all their lives and have no small amount of talent on the court. As Quincy and Monica struggle to make their relationship work, they follow separate career paths though high school and college basketball and, they hope, into stardom in big-league professional ball.

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Reviews


90
Los Angeles Times - Unnamed
In her first feature, writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood tells a familiar tale with first-rate acting and an underlying sense of authenticity.
88
Boston Globe - Jay Carr
The cinematic equivalent of a high, arching rainbow of a three-pointer from midcourt.
88
Baltimore Sun - Ann Hornaday
The conventional and the cliche are slam-dunked in favor of a fresh, authentic take on passion, ambition and coming of age.
80
L.A. Weekly - Ernest Hardy
Although the writing and the directing are smart and purposeful, the movie takes flight on the strength of its performances.
75
Charlotte Observer - Lawrence Toppman
Any critic likes to predict the rise of a star, so let me introduce you to Gina Prince-Bythewood.

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