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Love Jones (1999)

Larenz Tate , Nia Long , Theodore Witcher  |  R |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (222 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Larenz Tate, Nia Long, Isaiah Washington, Lisa Nicole Carson, Bill Bellamy
  • Directors: Theodore Witcher
  • Writers: Theodore Witcher
  • Producers: Amy Henkels, Helena Echegoyen, James Giovannetti Jr., Jay Stern, Jeremiah Samuels
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 27, 1999
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (222 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000JGHO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,875 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Love Jones" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Music video "The Sweetest Thing" by refuge camp all-stars featuring Grammy award winner Lauryn Hill

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Say hello to Darious Lovehall (Larenz Tate) and Nina Mosley (Nia Long), two confused lovebirds who discover that you can never underestimate the power of a love jones.

DVD Features:
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Refreshing" January 16, 2002
Format:DVD
This movie debuted in an era where the gangster and shot-em-up movies were prevalent. It was so refreshing to see a black love story about the ups and downs...joys and sorrows of a relationship. I thought Larenz Tate and Nia Long gave a phenomenal performance. I have watched this movie a zillion times and have not gotten tired of it once. As a matter of fact, after all these years, this movie still has the power to evoke emotion out of me. I still smile when Darius read his poem to Nina the first night they met...I still get angry when Darius hooked up with that chick as soon as Nina left town...I still get tears in my eyes at the end of the movie when Darius tells Nina that the love he feels for her is "urgent like a ..." Need I go on. In my book, this movie is an all time black love story.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars When Harry Met Sally: Urban Style November 24, 2003
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Format:DVD
Love Jones is a film worth upholding. It is a beautiful love story full of realistic characters. It is one of the few black films in the last twenty years that deplicts blacks like we truly are: intelligent, cultural and just as obsessed with being in love as anyone else.
Larenz Tate plays Darius. Being an author myself I could relate fully to his character. While struggling with his upcoming book he meets Nina played by Nia Long. Nina is a photographer who's struggling just as much as he is, but her feet appear to be on the ground more firmly than Darius'. Darius and Nina begin a passionate love affair that is cut short when Darius' friends and Nina's ex get too involved. This is the perfect example of how a relationship can suffer due to too many " outside " opinions. Darius and Nina realize they cannot focus on their careers because their hearts and minds are on each other. Nina returns to the spot they first met: the sultry poetry and blues club where Darius first spied her. Nina delivers a touching poem in Darius' honor unaware that he is around. The two pick up where they left off and declare their love for one another.
This film is touching without being as mushy as some romance movies. Larenz and Nia have wonderful chemistry despite the fact that Long is five years older than Tate. The supporting characters include the wonderful Isiah Washington and MTV's Bill Bellemy. If you keep your eyes open you'll see Khalil Kain playing another delightful supporting role as Nina's ex.
I am a big Larenz Tate fan and I've liked Nia Long since her days on " Guiding Light ". The two have both grown tremendously as actors and they prove it in this film. I wish there could be a sequel. I'll keep my fingers crossed. If you haven't seen this movie you've been cheated out of one hell of a love story. It's a modern " starcrossed lovers " romance suited for all ages and professions.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Acting with style............. March 23, 2004
Format:DVD
This movie had reminded me of watching the old black and white movies with my dad. More true to life characters looking for love, being in love, and loosing it. Old story fresh view. Larenz Tate was so Cary Grant in style as the character may have been in a clumsey situation, but the actor kept him from looking silly and like a cardboard cut out.
Nia Long has always been a favorite of mine she is sweet even whe she is tough, almost like a Kathrine Hepburn.
This is one of his best work and showing that he is better than always playing an angry black man.
Great movie an great performance bye all.....BUY THIS MOVIE!!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF MY FAV MOVIES April 16, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This is a good portrayal of black love. Everyone in the movie has a laid back, kicking it, kind of atmosphere. The movie stars Nia Long (Nina) & Larenz Tate (Darius) as a potential love connection. Nina just got out of a bad relationship with a man that she had planned on marrying. She thought brothers were "played out like an 8 track." She was not interested in another man, only her work as a photographer. Along comes Darius whom she meets in a poetry relaxing, groovy type atmosphere club. Nina is not in the process of looking for a man, but like they say, you can't chose who you fall in love with. Nina enters Darius's world, she picks up his habits, and she falls for him physically and sexually as well as mentally. But no love story would be complete if there wasn't an added piece to this juicy tale. Both characters don't really want each one to know that they are falling for each other and feeling the wrath of a love jones, until it's to late for the relationship to be saved. Nina drifts away from what they have in order to make sure that Darius is really whom she wants, while Darius tries to play the "hard" role and act like he's not falling for Nina. Both are taking on an emotional roller coaster of love and forced to stop playing these childish games. But is it to late? THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST PICTURES NIA LONG HAS PLAYED IN BESIDES THE BEST MAN. AND SISTA'S HAIR LOOKS FAB-U-LOUS!!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply put, the best Black love story on film to date. August 22, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
Larenz Tate and Nia Long make the most attractive couple I've ever seen on film. Bill Bellamy made me despise his character (which means he did his job). And Lisa Nicole Carson has a smile, that sends tingles up my spine. The only down side to this movie is the alcohol consumption. Everytime the characters get together, alcohol is involved. It took me about 20 viewings to catch that fact though. It fully sums up love in one simple line, "Physics the s*@t ain't!" If you've ever loved and lost (or even loved at all!) that line speaks volumes more than any other four words can. All in all, it's a very inspired work, that is sure to become a classic (it is already among my friends).
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