Love & Basketball 2000 PG-13 CC

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A young African-American couple navigates the tricky paths of romance and athletics in this drama. Starring Omar Epps, Sanaa Lathan, Dennis Haysbert and Alfre Woodard.

Starring:
Glenndon Chatman, Jess Willard
Runtime:
2 hours, 5 minutes

Love & Basketball

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This movie has a great story line & good actors.
Robin
From young children to grown ups, we find these two struggling to deal with and master both Love AND Basketball as they go through life.
Dr. Braxy
Try to watch this movie with someone you love because afterwards, it will definitely make you feel good to be in love.
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89 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Shazzar Kallie, M.A. on October 13, 2000
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I first saw Love & Basketball at the premiere of the movie with all the stars. It was a special viewing where there was almost not a dry eye at the end of the film from tears of joy. I think you cannot get a better chemistry of on screen love then Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan. I guess the film was their destiny, because last I heard they were engaged to be married in real life. The film is simply a beautiful epic that combines a little bit of everthing from drama, comedy, action and romance. You not only care about the characters in this film, you actually see them grow up on screen.
Love & Basketball is definitely one of my all-time favorite films. It seemed so realistic as if it was a true story, and I myself being a USC graduate and former Trojan athlete from the area the film is set in can attest that the film is very realistic and true to the story being told. This film is about the true undying love of two things: the love of basketball which sees both characters in their pre-teen days on the basketball court to their days of both being professional basketball players in the hometown. It's also about the true love between a man and a woman that had to evolve and elevate just like their basketball skills had to succeed. "All is fair in love and basketball"!
The DVD version of this film is a true treasure. I love every bit of it and it gives the viewer their money's worth. The producers of this DVD out did their self with giving the view a whole complete vision of what they expressed on the screen.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 10, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I bought this DVD for my daughter who happens to play Division 1 college basketball. I didn't know anything about it, other than it was a love story between two basketball players. When I watched the film, I was completely blown away by it. It is one terrific, quality movie. The director outdid herself, as did the actors, with strong performances from the entire cast.
It is, as the director suggests, a love story with basketball as a backdrop. Two kids, one boy, one girl, meet when the girl, Monica, moves next door to the boy, Quincy. They are about ten years old and both play basketball with a passion. They grow up together and both play basketball in high school. In their senior year, they realize that they are in love and they give themselves to each other, heart and soul.
They are fortunate enough to be recruited to play for the same college, but the contrast between their respective reception is telling. They both do their best and are passionate about basket ball and each other. There comes a time, however, when their love is tested, and they are pulled apart by forces which they lack the maturity to understand. What follows is a test of their love and commitment.
This is a beautifully told love story. The depth of passion that the two main characters have, both for basketball and for each other, is palpable throughout the entire film. The movie is engrossing at all times and is wonderfully directed.
The DVD itself has a plethora of features, including an absorbing documentary of successful women from all walks of life who have managed to break the glass ceiling. This is certainly a DVD well worth having.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on September 22, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I began my athletic career at the ripe old age of five, and haven't looked back. This movie made me cry, it made me remember my hoop days of high school and college, and it made me appreciate the experiences I had as a baller. This movie accomplished more for explaining the trials and inequality of being a female athlete than anything I've ever seen. And to top it off, they added in a beautiful love story. I would recommend this movie for female athletes (it "feels" us!) and any other person who's never really "gotten" the sports vibe...maybe this will help.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Pawl VINE VOICE on January 15, 2006
Format: VHS Tape
Sometimes a great film comes along, that transcends barriers, and just emerges as a wonderful, solid body of work. "Love & Basketball" is one of those films. It is successful because it is not only a great basketball story, but it is also a great love story. What's more, the acting is compelling, completely believeable and natural. The film stars the beautiful Sanaa Lathan, as Monica, a passionate basketball player, who has known Quincy (Omar Epps), since she was six years old. They both share a passion for basketball, and the films opens with a young Monica challenging Quincy to a game of one-on-one. This is only the beginning of their relationship, as they go through their teen years together, as nextdoor neighbors, both aspiring to be the greatest baskbetball players they can be (in men's and women's divisions, respectively). Their friendship blossoms into something more, but can it be sustained through their trials and tribulations, on and off the baskbetball court??

I reccomend this to people of all ages, sports and non-sports fans, and those who just want to see a great movie. It will touch your heart and soul, and leave you smiling.
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