Love and Basketball Reviews

  • Dec 03, 2018

    In 1981 in L.A., Monica moves in next door to Quincy. They're 11, and both want to play in the NBA, just like Quincy's dad. Their love -hate relationship lasts into high school, Love and basketball is about how you can either be in love or play basketball, but it's tricky to do both at the same time. It may be unique among sports â~movies in that it does not end with the âBig Gameâ?. Instead, it's a thoughtful and touching story about two affluent black kids, a boy and a girl who grow up loving each other, and the game. Monica is a tomboy. Her parents and older sister despair of getting her to act like a girl. She'd rather shoot baskets. Monica mother didnâ(TM)t like her playing basketball are being around boys. Quincyâ(TM)s didnâ(TM)t like the fact that Monica could play basketball. And here's the most amazing thing it considers sports in terms of career, training, motivation and strategy. The big game scenes involve behavior and attitude, not scoring. The movie sees basketball as something the characters do as a skill and a living, not as an excuse for audience-pleasing jump shots at the buzzer. Me Shell Ndege'ocello's "Fool of me" help punctuate this story of childhood friends who love each other almost as much as they love the game of basketball. What I like about this movie itâ(TM)s very funny and two people who never give up on their love and also their goals in life.

    In 1981 in L.A., Monica moves in next door to Quincy. They're 11, and both want to play in the NBA, just like Quincy's dad. Their love -hate relationship lasts into high school, Love and basketball is about how you can either be in love or play basketball, but it's tricky to do both at the same time. It may be unique among sports â~movies in that it does not end with the âBig Gameâ?. Instead, it's a thoughtful and touching story about two affluent black kids, a boy and a girl who grow up loving each other, and the game. Monica is a tomboy. Her parents and older sister despair of getting her to act like a girl. She'd rather shoot baskets. Monica mother didnâ(TM)t like her playing basketball are being around boys. Quincyâ(TM)s didnâ(TM)t like the fact that Monica could play basketball. And here's the most amazing thing it considers sports in terms of career, training, motivation and strategy. The big game scenes involve behavior and attitude, not scoring. The movie sees basketball as something the characters do as a skill and a living, not as an excuse for audience-pleasing jump shots at the buzzer. Me Shell Ndege'ocello's "Fool of me" help punctuate this story of childhood friends who love each other almost as much as they love the game of basketball. What I like about this movie itâ(TM)s very funny and two people who never give up on their love and also their goals in life.

  • Aug 22, 2017

    One Of My Favorite Movies! Excellent Script, Great Casting.

    One Of My Favorite Movies! Excellent Script, Great Casting.

  • Jul 18, 2017

    To boring for me to watch

    To boring for me to watch

  • Jun 09, 2017

    tears man! and the soundtrack... hell ya

    tears man! and the soundtrack... hell ya

  • Apr 27, 2017

    If you're the type to like romantic movies, where the actors fall in love in an unexpected way then this is your best choice. With them both having a secret crush on each other but with the love and hate relationship it's like everyone's fairytale story.

    If you're the type to like romantic movies, where the actors fall in love in an unexpected way then this is your best choice. With them both having a secret crush on each other but with the love and hate relationship it's like everyone's fairytale story.

  • Mar 26, 2017

    This is a beautifully told love story. The characters are very believable and I love the "all star" cast. It is very well directed. It is one of my favorite love story.

    This is a beautifully told love story. The characters are very believable and I love the "all star" cast. It is very well directed. It is one of my favorite love story.

  • Feb 05, 2017

    Movie review Love and basketball WARNING!!Put the popcorn in the microwave grab a cover and get comfortable. One shot one chance, all fair in "Love and basketball" baby. (Spoilers ahead) Overall A+ performance I recommend this movie those into love, sports, family issues and the toll of love. Monica and Quincy have been at each other's throats since they were 11. As their passion for the game of basketball brought them together. Quincys dad who played for the Los Angeles Clippers inspire quincy drive to reach the professional level. This last until high school where Quincy has a top dog attitude and Monica edge continue to separate them. This movie takes the audience in the journey on the true toll of love. Monica's parents and older sister despair of getting her to act like a girl. She'd rather shoot baskets. When she's about 12, her family moves into a new house in Baldwin Hills, a good Los Angeles neighborhood. Next door lives an NBA star and his son, Quincy. The first time the kids meet, they play a pickup game. Monica goes for a score, Quincy pushes her, and she gets a little scar that will be on her right cheek for the rest of her life. Both with bad attitudes on the court they can help but fall for each other. As Monica mom questions why she has this whole tomboy attitude to her. When Quincy's parents argue he constantly is going over to Monica's climbing thru the window and sleeping on the floor.In a sequence of surprising effectiveness, she takes the advice of her mom and sister to "do something" with her hair and goes to a school dance with a blind date. Quincy is there, too. They dance with their dates but they keep looking at each other. Later on as they return home Quincy see a letter from the University of Southern California he insists she opens the letter. After the letter reveals that she has been accepted, he finally stated that USC was also his choice. As they move in to congratulate each other with a hug, Monica mistakes the gesture as a kiss and that leads to them finally acting on their feelings for one another by making love to each other. As time goes on their relationship has their ups and downs. Their paths to chasing the same dream begin to counteract their love/hate relationship. Things begin to spiral out of control and take a turn to different course. At this point in the movie the audience is screaming, " NO, YES, STAY!!" As they commit to the same college both play basketball and are dominating court. Quincy and Monica futures both looking bright have to figure out whose dream will be supported.Quincy life begins spiraling out of control as his father is dealing with a paternity suit from a former lover.Quincy feels betrayed by his father for lying to him and threatens to leave school for the NBA early, despite his father begging him not to sacrifice his education just to spite him. Monica finally earns the starting point guard spot she had been working hard for at the end of the season. However, Quincy can't be happy for her, because he blames her for not being there for him when he was having problems with his father. Monica is hurt deeply by Quincy, leading the two of them to go their separate ways. Monica and quincy go professional where over time a tragedy reunites them only to find quincy has moved on and is getting married The movie ends with a one on one match. The stakes are for the heart.

    Movie review Love and basketball WARNING!!Put the popcorn in the microwave grab a cover and get comfortable. One shot one chance, all fair in "Love and basketball" baby. (Spoilers ahead) Overall A+ performance I recommend this movie those into love, sports, family issues and the toll of love. Monica and Quincy have been at each other's throats since they were 11. As their passion for the game of basketball brought them together. Quincys dad who played for the Los Angeles Clippers inspire quincy drive to reach the professional level. This last until high school where Quincy has a top dog attitude and Monica edge continue to separate them. This movie takes the audience in the journey on the true toll of love. Monica's parents and older sister despair of getting her to act like a girl. She'd rather shoot baskets. When she's about 12, her family moves into a new house in Baldwin Hills, a good Los Angeles neighborhood. Next door lives an NBA star and his son, Quincy. The first time the kids meet, they play a pickup game. Monica goes for a score, Quincy pushes her, and she gets a little scar that will be on her right cheek for the rest of her life. Both with bad attitudes on the court they can help but fall for each other. As Monica mom questions why she has this whole tomboy attitude to her. When Quincy's parents argue he constantly is going over to Monica's climbing thru the window and sleeping on the floor.In a sequence of surprising effectiveness, she takes the advice of her mom and sister to "do something" with her hair and goes to a school dance with a blind date. Quincy is there, too. They dance with their dates but they keep looking at each other. Later on as they return home Quincy see a letter from the University of Southern California he insists she opens the letter. After the letter reveals that she has been accepted, he finally stated that USC was also his choice. As they move in to congratulate each other with a hug, Monica mistakes the gesture as a kiss and that leads to them finally acting on their feelings for one another by making love to each other. As time goes on their relationship has their ups and downs. Their paths to chasing the same dream begin to counteract their love/hate relationship. Things begin to spiral out of control and take a turn to different course. At this point in the movie the audience is screaming, " NO, YES, STAY!!" As they commit to the same college both play basketball and are dominating court. Quincy and Monica futures both looking bright have to figure out whose dream will be supported.Quincy life begins spiraling out of control as his father is dealing with a paternity suit from a former lover.Quincy feels betrayed by his father for lying to him and threatens to leave school for the NBA early, despite his father begging him not to sacrifice his education just to spite him. Monica finally earns the starting point guard spot she had been working hard for at the end of the season. However, Quincy can't be happy for her, because he blames her for not being there for him when he was having problems with his father. Monica is hurt deeply by Quincy, leading the two of them to go their separate ways. Monica and quincy go professional where over time a tragedy reunites them only to find quincy has moved on and is getting married The movie ends with a one on one match. The stakes are for the heart.

  • Jan 25, 2017

    All of you people that give a bad review the word that comes to me is they straight up stupid. Until this movie keeps playing I will watch it till the day I die I swear to that!!!!!

    All of you people that give a bad review the word that comes to me is they straight up stupid. Until this movie keeps playing I will watch it till the day I die I swear to that!!!!!

  • Aug 31, 2016

    It expires off HBO Now tonight, but hopefully you can find it somewhere else because if you haven't seen "Love and Basketball," it's well worth making time for (16 years after it came out -- clearly I'm late to the party, too). It's not a cliche-ridden rom-com; it's a (largely) realistic and solid love story. It has moments that are genuinely heartfelt and beautiful, that are sexy and that are sad. It intelligently tackles issues like the dreams you have growing up vs. the reality of adulthood, career vs. love, the hardships of being a female athlete vs. a male athlete and more. It's got a tomboy who grows into a fiery woman and it focuses on her story, which it treats seriously. (And Sanaa Lathan is great.) Also nice to see a romance movie with a black cast (no doubt at least part of why it flew under the radar for so many) and written and directed by a black woman (Gina Prince-Bythewood). Sixteen years later, Hollywood still needs more diverse stories like this one.

    It expires off HBO Now tonight, but hopefully you can find it somewhere else because if you haven't seen "Love and Basketball," it's well worth making time for (16 years after it came out -- clearly I'm late to the party, too). It's not a cliche-ridden rom-com; it's a (largely) realistic and solid love story. It has moments that are genuinely heartfelt and beautiful, that are sexy and that are sad. It intelligently tackles issues like the dreams you have growing up vs. the reality of adulthood, career vs. love, the hardships of being a female athlete vs. a male athlete and more. It's got a tomboy who grows into a fiery woman and it focuses on her story, which it treats seriously. (And Sanaa Lathan is great.) Also nice to see a romance movie with a black cast (no doubt at least part of why it flew under the radar for so many) and written and directed by a black woman (Gina Prince-Bythewood). Sixteen years later, Hollywood still needs more diverse stories like this one.

  • Aug 23, 2016

    one of my all time favorites!

    one of my all time favorites!