Love & Basketball


Action / Drama / Romance / Sport

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 82%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 95%
IMDb Rating 7.2 10 15773


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Gabrielle Union as Shawnee
Boris Kodjoe as Jason
Sanaa Lathan as Monica Wright
Regina Hall as Lena Wright
873.62 MB
23.976 fps
2hr 4 min
P/S 2 / 26

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by turot 10 / 10

they should make a another one

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. my all time favorite movie yall should make a sequal of this movie

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 7 / 10

nice character work

It's 1981 L.A. 11 year old Monica Wright moves in next door to Quincy McCall in the suburbs. She surprises him with her basketball skills and he gives her a scar on the chin. Years later, Monica (Sanaa Lathan) and Quincy (Omar Epps) are platonic best friends. While everybody roots for him following his former Clippers player father (Dennis Haysbert)'s footsteps, most dismiss Monica's ball dreams. Her short fuse doesn't help and she struggles in her game. Quincy's parents fight at home. The two friends find their way in their relationship.

I don't mean to be sexist but this is a basketball romance from the female side. Director Gina Prince-Bythewood is able to bring a female sensibility which influences even the basketball action on the floor. It's a different lesser-seen side of a sports movie. Sanaa has a nice sincerity to her acting and Omar is his Omar Epps self. The sincerity in these characters carries the standard romantic plot. It is a sweet romance without going overboard.

Reviewed by deish-seeds 10 / 10

Amazing Movie !!!

Love & Basketball directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, released in 2000 by 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, is a romance film that follows the love story of Monica Wright (Sanaa Lathan) and Quincy McCall (Omar Epps) and offers and emotional and sensual experience. Throughout the film, you feel the reality and intensity as a viewer. Although this film does not fit the usual fast-paced action, excitement, and adventure stereotype of this analytical approach, it can still be used because you can feel the intensity of Monica and Quincy's love throughout the whole movie. The diegesis of the film seems like a reality, and makes you forget that you're watching a film.

One question raised by this analytical approach is "How powerful or intense is the film as an emotional or sensual experience?" The answer is very powerful. This film follows Monica and Quincy from the time they are 11 until they eventually get married. The ups and downs of their relationship, such as their first time "doing it" or when Monica suspected Quincy of cheating, are shown throughout the film. At any point in the film, you can feel the emotions of any actor as if it was happening to you. The film seems like a reality while you're watching it.

Another two questions raised are "Where in the film are we completely wrapped up and involved in it's reality? Where is the film weakest in emotional and sensual intensity?" One example of when we are completely wrapped up in it's reality is during the first game we see Monica playing during her high school career. You feel the intensity as the clock is ticking. You can hear Monica talking to herself in her head. You see what she sees. One example of where the film is weakest in intensity is while they're at the dance. Since Monica isn't too fond of her date, you don't really get any emotional intensity.

The final question raised is "What role does each of the film elements play in creating a hard-hitting emotional and sensual response?" There are many shot reverse shots in this film. They add to the hard-hitting emotional and sensual response by showing each actor's emotions. The fact that you can see how each actor reacts to other actors increases the emotional and sensual response that each viewer gets.

In conclusion, Love & Basketball, is a film that delivers both an emotional and sensual experience. Each part of the film adds something else to it. Watching this film engulfs you in the whole diegesis. Its a film that you WON'T get tired of watching. I would definitely recommend that EVERYONE watch it. :)

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