Love and Basketball 2000

Love & Basketball

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Confident directing and acting deliver an insightful look at young athletes.

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Monica (Sanaa Lathan) and Quincy (Omar Epps) are two childhood friends who both aspire to be professional basketball players. Quincy, whose father, Zeke (Dennis Haysbert), plays for the Los Angeles Clippers, is a natural talent and a born leader. Monica is ferociously competitive but sometimes becomes overly emotional on the court. Over the years, the two begin to fall for each other, but their separate paths to basketball stardom threaten to pull them apart.

Cast & Crew

Sanaa Lathan
Monica Wright
Omar Epps
Quincy McCall
Alfre Woodard
Camille Wright
Debbi Morgan
Nona McCall
Harry Lennix
Nathan Wright
Kyla Pratt
Young Monica
Andrew Z. Davis
Executive Producer
Cynthia Guidry
Executive Producer
Sam Kitt
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Spike Lee
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Jay Stern
Executive Producer
Terence Blanchard
Original Music
Reynaldo Villalobos
Cinematographer
Terilyn A. Shropshire
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Critic Reviews for Love and Basketball

All Critics (93) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (77) | Rotten (16)

  • [It] wrestles with complicated issues of love and friendship, competitiveness and gender identity...

    March 31, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Told largely from the point of view of the woman, this career-versus-love story still develops the perspective of the man persuasively, as Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps reveal their characters' motives with nuances of expression that transcend the dialogue.

    March 26, 2007 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    March 26, 2007

    Emanuel Levy

    Variety
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  • Stylishly shot and bursting with visual and sexual energy, this is confident black women's film-making and an eloquent tribute to the girl with the permanently grazed knees -- and about time too.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
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  • Satisfying, enjoyable and smart.

    July 21, 2005 | Rating: B
  • Mawkishly heartfelt, but actress Sanaa Lathan performs as if she were lit from within.

    August 7, 2004

Audience Reviews for Love and Basketball

  • May 23, 2009
    This is one of my favorite movies! Sanaa Lathan & Omar Epps are excellent actors! This is a movie I could watch again & again. Beautiful story of two people who were meant to be together. So sweet & touching. :-)
    Deb J Super Reviewer
  • Aug 29, 2008
    The soul of the game portrayed through the eyes of two life long ambitious contemporaries...This was an extraordinary romance. see this it is a keeper of a chic flick! LOL!
    Fascade F Super Reviewer
  • May 30, 2008
    Good as flix the ladys love this shit
    khalvic b Super Reviewer
  • May 16, 2008
    This was a great movie
    Amanda . Super Reviewer

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