Love and Basketball


Love and Basketball (2000)


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


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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 and Basketball was the first feature film for writer/director Gina Prince-Bythewood, who previously helmed several comedy specials for Dave Chappelle. Spike Lee co-produced. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Sanaa Lathan
as Monica Wright
Omar Epps
as Quincy McCall
Dennis Haysbert
as Zeke McCall
Debbi Morgan
as Nona McCall
Alfre Woodard
as Camille Wright
Harry Lennix
as Nathan Wright
Regina Hall
as Lena Wright
Kyla Pratt
as Young Monica
Glenndon Chatman
as Young Quincy
Naykia Harris
as Young Lena
Tyra Banks
as Kyra Kessler
Shar Jackson
as Felicia
Al Foster
as Coach Hiserman
Christine Dunford
as Coach Davis
Erika Ringor
as Sidra O'Neal
April Griffin
as Dorsey High School Player
Nathaniel Bellamy
as High School Referee No. 1
Chick Hearn
as Himself
Stu Lantz
as Himself
Jesse Corti
as Coach Parra
Kara Brock
as College Girl No. 1
Aichi Ali
as College Girl No. 2
Dion Basco
as College Student
Lisa Barkin Oxley
as Bank Officer
James DuMont
as Reporter
Andre Bellinger
as College Referee
Elimu Nelson
as Partygoer
Dick Vitale
as Himself
Wendi Levy
as USC Woman Player
Sandra Perez
as USC Woman Player
Carla Houser
as USC Woman Player
Marigold Clark
as USC Woman Player
Marte Alexander
as USC Woman Player
Sabrina Roberson
as USC Woman Player
Audrey Gomez
as USC Woman Player
Erica Jackson
as USC Woman Player
Valerie Agee
as USC Woman Player
Sandra Von Embriqs
as Assistant Coach
Yolanda Higgins
as Assistant Coach
Afton Thompson
as Crenshaw High School Girl's Basketball Team
Chevana Player
as Crenshaw High School Girl's Basketball Team
Lorna Monique Clemmons
as Crenshaw High School Girl's Basketball Team
Carenda Saunder
as Crenshaw High School Girl's Basketball Team
Chandra Cole
as Crenshaw High School Girl's Basketball Team
Shawnte Watson
as Crenshaw High School Girl's Basketball Team
Krystal Braden
as Crenshaw High School Girl's Basketball Team
Lakesha Willingham
as Crenshaw High School Girl's Basketball Team
Jenece Johnson
as Crenshaw High School Girl's Basketball Team
Erika Wilson
as Crenshaw High School Girl's Basketball Team
Sharon Vigne
as Crenshaw High School Girl's Basketball Team
Major Dennis
as Crenshaw High School Girl's Basketball Team
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Critic Reviews for Love and Basketball

All Critics (89) | Top Critics (32)

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.

Mar 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.

Mar 26, 2007
Top Critic

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.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

Satisfying, enjoyable and smart.

Jul 21, 2005 | Rating: B

Mawkishly heartfelt, but actress Sanaa Lathan performs as if she were lit from within.

Aug 7, 2004

An unusual but engaging mix of the overwrought and the understated, a picture that, at two hours plus, keeps threatening to overstay its welcome and yet always pulls us back into its conversational orbit.

Dec 23, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Love and Basketball

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 Jarnagin
Deb Jarnagin

Super Reviewer


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 Fiveoneeight
Fascade Fiveoneeight

Super Reviewer


I loved this movie.

Rachel F
Rachel F

Super Reviewer

It was okay. I actually liked it. You'll like it whether you like basketball or not.

Andrew Fillmore
Andrew Fillmore

Super Reviewer

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