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Love & Basketball

  PG-13 HD Closed Captioning

Gina Prince-Bythewood

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Plot Summary

A young African-American couple navigates the tricky paths of romance and athletics in this drama. Quincy McCall and Monica Wright 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 have 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 paths though high school and college and, they hope, into stardom in big-league professional ball. Starring Omar Epps (TV's "House"), Sanaa Lathan ("AVP: Alien vs. Predator"), Dennis Haysbert (TV's "The Unit," TV's "24") and Alfre Woodard (TV's "Miss Evers' Boys"). More than just a film about sports, "Love and Basketball" did well on the festival circuit, winning the Humanitas Prize at Sundance, an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay and an Image Award for Sanaa Lathan.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 87
  • Fresh: 71
  • Rotten: 16
  • Average Rating: 6.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Like a really satisfying game, the score at the end of each is no indication of who will win at the final buzzer. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Sep 7, 2011

Fresh: The pic is so well directed and lead performance by Sanaa Lathan so charismatic that audiences will overlook the script's flaws and root for the central duo. – Emanuel Levy, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: In one scene a coach preaches to his team, 'Offense sells tickets. Defense wins games.' Prince-Bythewood subscribes to such a substance-over-style strategy as she resists flash and cheap dramatics. – Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Falls far short of the challenging film it aspires to be. – Emma Cochrane, Empire Magazine, Dec 30, 2006

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Customer Reviews


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Love & Basketball
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2000

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