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At Theaters: 4/21/2000 On Video: 10/10/2000
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 6 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 169905
Studio: New Line Cinema
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Monica Wright and Quincy McCall are childhood adversaries and talented athletes who have a love for the game of basketball and each other. Each pursues their dream of basketball success through high school, college and the pros, but along the way they must face their own personal hurdles.
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Romantic Drama - Love and Basketball is a love story about middle class African-Americans set against the backdrop of high school, college and professional basketball. Basketball fans will likely enjoy the authentic game situations and the attention to detail; African-American audiences may be most likely to identify with the characters. Male viewers may be less likely to enjoy the film than female viewers, due to the focus on the love story and the central female character's interest in athletics.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Omar Epps IN TOO DEEP, THE WOOD, THE MOD SQUAD
Sanaa Lathan THE BEST MAN, THE WOOD
Wri/Dir: Gina Prince-Bythewood TVs SWEET JUSTICE, COURTHOUSE
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About The Game
About The Game (Continued)
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: Strong and moderately frequent
SEX/NUDITY: Somewhat graphic sexual situations and noises
VIOLENCE: A couple of fights between kids
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: A party scene with some drunken behavior
ACTION: Basketball game action
COMEDY: Character-based comic dialogue
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Above Average
Gina Price-Bythewood knows her ball, and she knows the psychology of women who love the game. She knows them well enough that it makes up for the sluggish narrative to which she attaches them. The 12-year story of a boy and a girl who grow up in love with the game of basketball and each other soars when it focuses on the unique pressures on female athletes. The "love" part of Love and Basketball starts to feel tacked on for the sake of convention. Making it a story with two equal protagonists repeatedly makes it evident that Price-Bythewood doesn't understand the boy nearly as well as she understands the girl.
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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 64 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
4
Fairly High
75%
13-19Teens (M)
13
High
85%
13-19Teens (F)
13
High
92%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
10
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
10
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
8
High
100%
30+Adults (F)
6
Fairly High
100%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
A story of friendship, rivalry and ultimately, the give and take of a one-on-one relationship, Monica and Quincy share a nearly unquenchable passion for basketball.

The story begins with Monica and Quincy as youngsters, when she moves in next door. Quincy is shocked to find she can play ball better than most guys. When he asks her to be his girlfriend, it lasts about a minute: She finds his eleven-year-old machismo out of control.

Cut to High school: Following in the footsteps of his famous dad, an NBA player, Quincy has his pick of colleges, and women, while Monica is appalled by his taste in the latter. She also can't understand why her coach thinks his best player has to act like a lady on the court: Monica is definitely no lady. But when Quincy sees her dolled up for the senior dance, he discovers he has fallen in love with his tomboy neighbor.

They continue pursuing their respective basketball careers as college sweethearts — until Quincy's dad, his idol, lets him down, and Monica does, too, because she can't miss curfew before a big game to be there for him. When Quincy announces that he's dropping out of school to turn pro and their romance is off, Monica is left wondering if "being all about ball" is worth losing the love of her life.

But all's fair in love and basketball, and the game isn't over until the fourth quarter has been played.

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