Love and Basketball
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Love and Basketball: Friday April 21, 2000

A gutsy young woman strives to fulfill her childhood ambition of becoming a professional basketball player in this coming-of-age drama from New Line Cinema. Omar Epps, Sanaa Lathan, and Alfre Woodard star and Gina Prince directs.Director Gina Prince-Bythewood and star Sanaa Lathan receive a standing ovation at the Sundance premiere of New Line Cinema's Love and Basketball!
After the enthusiastic ovation, the audience asked a few questions. What made you decide to direct this? And what was the involvement of Spike Lee's 40 Acres and a Mule Productions? SANAA LATHAN (Monica Wright) - is one of Hollywood's newest up-and-coming young actresses. Her recent film credits include the comedy, The Best Man, opposite Taye Diggs. Other film credits include The Wood, Life, and the sleeper hit Blade opposite Wesley Snipes.
2000 New Line Cinema

 

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68.75 - Worth Seeing

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40 - 65 points  Go See At Matinee
65- 85 points Worth Seeing
85-100 points Definitely worth seeing. "A must see!"
 
 
 
 

 

Director

Gina Prince 

Writer

Gina Prince

Genre

Drama / Romance

Starring:

Sanaa Lathan

as

 Monica Wright
Omar Epps 

as

 Quincy McCall 

Running Time

1hrs -58 mins

Rating

Rated PG-13 for sexuality and language. 

Distributor

Universal Pictures

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 The People's Review of Love and Basketball 

Jennifer
score = 100
Love and Basketball is the best movie because it shows the true emotions between two people but it also has the competitive side to it that is a real energy booster.  It is also the best movie because you can actually sit down and watch it over and over again without getting tired of it at all.

monika
score = 100
This movie really hit home for me, it really remined me of me.  I have never felt so good about watching a movie, it came alive for me, the music and everything just took me back. This is my favorit movie and no other movie (in my opinion) is better.  Like I said it hits home.

Sara
score = 100
I loved the movie.  It definitely was of how a relationship should be and how hard things are.  The movie hit home with real issues that every relationship goes through.  It was a great movie!!!

Katrina87@hotmail.com
score = 100
I think this movie is AWSOME!!! It's very griping as well as sincere! Id rate it a "must see"!!!!! The two lead characters have the perfect chemistry. I cant stop watching this movie:)It's a feel good movie without being totaly unrealistic. It makes you believe, that true love does in facct last always!

 blackbeautyQueen29@blackvoices.com
score = 100
I found this movie to be something special to myself.It showed alot of good points in it.The actors were great they could not have put to better people together in this movie.I would like a picture of omar Epps but for now i will settle for the movie. I can't explain how i feel about this movie but it did something good inside of me.Good job to all that made this movie.

lil baller12
score = 100
comments = this movie is very inspirational to me. i am also striving to become a better basketball player, and there are many ups and downs. but whenever i watch this mivie, i get this feeling where i can keep on going. i would definitely recommend this to everybody who loves to play basketball. :-D

Petra Washington
score = 100
comments = This is the Best Movie ever it is a Classic and everyone needs to go see it 5stars 2 thumbs up it's the best!

ShameelB.
score = 100
comments = Love and Basketball is an enchanting movie. Sanna Lathan and Omar Epps work very well together.I've seen this movie 11 times, and would recommend it to anybody. I've grown to love this movie. Gina Prince has made a good first impression on the world with this movie. Sanna Lathan and Omar Epps were very convincing, it was almost like they weren't acting. I think they would make a beautiful couple.I'm looking forward to seeing these two work together more.This movie gets "Two Thumbs Up!"

Jason Winston 
score = 100 
This was an excellent movie. It attracted more than just one crowd. Your romance lovers and basketball lovers. I award this movie 110!

LaCheryl Prince 
score = 100 
This movie is great! I seen it twice and I enjoyed the movie both times. I am a female athlete who is basically living this movie on a day to day basis. I really enjoyed the acting especialy Sanaa Lathan she just became my favorite actor and this is now also my favorite movie thanks alot you have opened some eyes for all the haters of female basketball

alicia gutierrez 
score = 100 
This was one of the best movies i have ever seen, as a love story, and as a ball player, i seen it twice in a row!

Albane Wilson 
score = 100 
" Love and Basketball" was a great movie. I really enjoyed the movie.Both Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps did great(performace).They deserve two thumbs up. It was worth my $7.00.

jessica
score = None 
thet movie was great. i loved it. very heart warming and brought tears to my eyes. shows that love it doens't matter who you maybe with love comes first. and if your with the wrong person love will over come it. i loved it i would see it again.

Alisha 
score = 90 
This movie was wonderfully put together. It really was a movie that I and I think most people could relate to. It really touched me emotionally. Usually I don't like romantic movies but this movie was an exception. I appreciated the way the directer had u feel the emotions of the characters. I left this movie defenitly wanting to see it again! I give it 2 thumbs up, 5 stars, etc...

Sacha Wallace 
score = 100 
I found this movie to be very interesting because I am in a similar situation. My situation has nothing to do with basketball, but as far as the love side of things I can totally relate, because i am going through a similar situation with a man I used to be in a relationship with whom I still love with all my heart.  He said that he still loves me too, but right now he is with someone else.  He tells me that one day we'll be back together forever but it's just not easy for him to up and leave her right now.  Which I understand but I sometimes have doubts.  After seeing this movie it gave me more confidence that we belong together and maybe one day we will be together forever.

carla theodore 
score = 100 
I really enjoyed love and basketball becouse it was just so well written and me and my friends enjoyrd it more than ever i mean i saw it 2 times all ready and it was so good every time i saw it you just got to get me free tickets to see it again i love that movie i feel her pain in that movie if i could give it a higher score i would give it a 9.99.99

Amie 
score = 100 
I believe that "Love and Basketball" was one of the best films I've seen for a long time. It had a good plot and the screen play was incredible. It was the perfect date movie and I believe that if you are in the mood to see a hell of a show, go see "Love and Basketball"

SilverLayce@aol.com 
score = 100 
Love& Basketball is my favorite movie in the whole wide world. I remember watching E! Coming Attractions, And I saw the preview for Love & Basketball. Right then I knew I was going to be in love with the movie. I have seen it twice so far and Im seeing it again over the weekend! Everything was wonderful about the movie I was amazed. I know Sanaa is a new actress , but i love her and she is my favorite actress. Omar was also extraordinary in the movie. He was very supportive to Monica in the movie. I have the soundtrack and I listen to the entire ablum at least 6 times a day. I feel like im seeing the movie over again when I listen to the music. I can remember Which songs on the alblum went with a particular scene in the movie. This movie touched my heart. I run track, but i must admit I haven't been putting all of my heart into it. After seeing how Monica put her heart into basketball that made me work harder at track. I recomend this movie to everyone in the entire world.

Jessica Evans 
score = 100 
That movie was the bomb it was great I think that was the best movie ever made in my life I love Omar he is a great actor and Sanaa is a great actor too.  That will be my favorite movie forever.

BrownMsBee 
score = 100 
I loved this move it was wonderful. It showed me the good and bad side of love and I could see that played out in any aspect of live not just basketball Omar & Sanaa did a great jo. She is gonna be one of the biggest and brightest stars in the future> Much love and much success to all that were apart of this project and may go bless Uin everthing U set out to do.

sweetld24@aol.com 
score = 90 
I REALLY ENJOYED THIS FILM AND PLAN TO GO AND SEE IT AGAIN. I LOVE THE WAY THIS FLIM SHOWED A DETERMINED YOUNG LADY WHO WINS AT THE END AGAINST THE ODDS. GO WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Kristi 
score = 100 
"Love and Basketball" was the best movie I have ever seen.  It is definitely now one of my favorites and I can't wait to see it again.  Sanaa and Omar did such a great job and it's really great that they are now dating.  They are very convincing on screen and they make such a great couple.  They are both great actors and I can't wait to see them in more movies.  They deserve all of the great reviews they are getting because this movie is da bomb.  Gina Prince-Bythewood is a wonderful writer and did a wonderful job with this film. It's a breakout hit for her first movie.  Everyone in "Love and Basketball" did so good and the movie is definitely worth seeing. It was very touching, funny, and the love story was the best.  "Love and Basketball" is definitely one of the best films ever made!!

Carly 
score = 100 
I loved this movie.  It was a great mix of drama, psorts, and romance with just the right touch of humor.  The story plan was excellent and didn't leave you hanging at the end.  It was perfect for teens and adults.  Great acting by Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan.  This is definetly a MUST SEE!

Victoria 
score = 90 
I thought this movie was a touching love story with a realistic plot that most can relate to. We all have that first love who touched our hearts. It displayed the main characters' real life problems and emotions, and showed us that you need to know when to give in, and when to keep fighting. In this case,their love is definatley worth fighting for.

D.C. 
score = 100 
This is the best movie I've seen in a long time.  I was sitting at the edge of my seat just waiting to see what was going to happen next.  Omar and Sanaa did a great job.  I don't think there could have anyone better chosen to play the parts.  The story line the and the plot was excellent.  I can't wait to see it again and again.  This by far is my all time favorite love story.

RONALD 
score = None 
THE MOVIE WAS GREAT AND I LOVED IT SHOWS HOW U CAN ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS AND DEAL WITH THEM SANAA LATHAN IS MY FAVORITE ACTOR SHE IS A GOOD BALL PLAYER AND PLAYS BALL VERY GOOD AND OMAR EPPS IS MY FAVORITE ACTOR HE IS A VERY GOOD BALL PLAYER AND HAS THE SKILLS TO PAY THE BILLS AND SANAA IS VERY TALENTED AT WHAT SHE DOES AND ALSO HAS THE SKILLS TO PAY THE BILLS AND THEY BOTH WERE VERY GOOD ACTORS

Karen 

score = 100 

First I would like to say that this was an excellent movie. It displayed the power of true love more than any movie I have ever seen. Omar Epps and Sanna Lathan did a wonderful job especially since they are a couple in real life. Second I want to say that I for one really related to this movie. First love can be very powerful. I hold my first love very close to my heart. Even though we are not together now, we are very close and that closeness can grow back into a relationship. Love & Basketball showed how that is possible..... no matter how far you go ....or how many years may go by..... Its never too late for love! If you were meant to be together love and fate will find a way. I think everyone who is in love or has ever been in love can seriously take a lesson from this movie because I sure did! I recommend that everyone sees it again and again!

 

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