Love and Basketball

7.22 h 5 min2000X-RayPG-13
Monica moves in next door to Quincy at the age of eleven and the two grow up together. But as love blossoms between them, their desires to be the best basketball players stand in the way.
Gina Prince-Bythewood
Gabrielle UnionOmar EppsRegina Hall
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Sam Kitt, Spike Lee
Warner Films Canada
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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4.8 out of 5 stars

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CalvinReviewed in the United States on April 14, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fanstastic love story.
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Great movie with perfect casting. Sanaa is so fine in this movie ;) The chemistry between Sanaa and Omar is just amazing. The music is also very well placed. This movie is realistic how it shows the struggles people deal with while living life with and how love connects people.
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Dr. BraxyReviewed in the United States on March 6, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars
Most Well Rounded Film In History!!!
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Love and Basketball is so extraordinary, I can barely find the words to describe it. The lives and loves of two next door neighbors, Quincy and Monica, are wonderful weaved in a tapestry that will have you amazed! From young children to grown ups, we find these two struggling to deal with and master both Love AND Basketball as they go through life. It isn't easy, but this wonderfully written and directed film grabs every emotion, every situation and carefully lays it bare, then covers it with healing, love and laughter.
Even if you don't particularly like basketball, you will still adore the comedy/drama of the relationships in this movie. Whether it's Quincy and Monica, Quincy and his father, Monica and her mother, or the short, but significant appearance of Tyra Banks near the end as Quincy's fiancee. You will be completely captured from beginning to end. And unlike many other movies, Love and Basketball never sells you short. Every moment counts and at no time was I bored or screaming "NEXT!!" at the tv.
I highly recommend this one. Not only for the superb acting, writing and directing, but it has the most AMAZING soundtrack!! When you hear Angie Stone's remake of Simply Red's song "I'll Keep Holding On", you will have tears in your eyes. Trust me. This one's a definite Must Have!
Dr. Braxy :o)
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Lotus Flower BombReviewed in the United States on December 26, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A family favorite
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We basically know this movie word for word in my house. A family favorite. All three of my brothers played ball and one of my best friend's is also named Monica Wright and she played the same position in high school. We love this movie!
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Hensa9Reviewed in the United States on November 27, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Sweet Love Story
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A sweet love story of childhood sweethearts turned best friends, and who had two things in common; a love for basketball and a love for each other. Making it BIG in basketball was a dream and goal they both shared and excelled in. Stellar cast. Great chemistry between Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps. Great soundtrack as well.
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C. CelestineReviewed in the United States on February 12, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
One of my all-time favorite romantic flicks
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Love and Basketball is a great movie for women and men to watch because there is something for everyone to enjoy, first love and sports what's not to love about that? This movie is one of Sanaa Lathan's best work. It's a well-acted and directed movie. Alfre Woodard is an excellent "mom" in every movie she's in. The only gripe I have about this movie is the director should have left Gabrielle Union out of this film....her part was useless. She always plays a bitchy role and it's so old and exhausting...that's why she is not the main character. I would definitely recommend Love & Basketball as a date night movie if the date requires staying in.
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RachelleReviewed in the United States on November 25, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
If you love basketball and a cute love story, this is for you.
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My 4 year old niece loves this movie so now she sits steal at least twice a day, while I'm doing household chores and cooking for us whenever she's visiting. ( since COVID-19 she's not been able to come and enjoy her favorite movie)😞
©~K.I.S.S`E.S.S~Just. For. You.~©Reviewed in the United States on April 30, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
~Who hasn't had a childhood with these themes?~
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Aside from basketball, or maybe even sports period, as children, we can all remember that first time when that little girl or for the ladies, that little boy, caught our attention. 2nd grade, Bragg Street Elementary. This wasn't Love & Basketball, this was Me & Cozy Corner Tee-Pee. Whenever a student would be or would do really good that day, the teacher had set up a large tee-pee with a chair inside and named it Cozy Corner. You were allowed to go inside and read a book of your choosing. Was Where The Wild Things Are out at that time? It might as well have been called My Throne Room because I set up shop there. 2 little girls liked me and I liked them and somehow, when I was picked to go inside, I seemed to always have company wanting to come inside. "Love & Happiness." Sing it, Al Green.
Much like Me & CCTP, Love & Basketball visits the days when we, without even knowing what we are experiencing or realizing, find ourselves draw to one person early in life and even with interruptions, that initial meeting with childhood love, if you will, can remain long after the years have rolled on by. Both Sanaa Lathan & Omar Epps provided an excellent flashback for many of us to those days that may not have included sports as the joining mechanism, but when a connection is made, it can be hard to get through, let alone get over. That's the main theme of this movie, and even when you meet someone else, because your early years have not, tainted you, with realities that come later; hopefully much later, but those young visions of perfection that have absolutely nothing to do with 36-24-36 or big hands and big feet, ladies.....well, the latter worked for me, but, but, but, but, my point is: you can still have those young dreams fulfilled, but the correct nurturing of both parents are vital. Hopefully you were able to have both in your home, because as Sanaa Lathan told her mom who thought her not attending her basketball games didn't make a difference, she told her mom, "It mattered, mama." It does.
Kamika LasheaReviewed in the United States on August 3, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Didn’t work
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The video would not play. I’m sure I can get it resolved just haven’t contacted support
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