Love & Basketball

Love & Basketball

4.8 56
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood

Cast: Gina Prince-Bythewood, Sanaa Lathan, Omar Epps, Alfre Woodard


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The little seen but wonderful Love & Basketball comes in a "Platinum Series" DVD from New Line and the results are spectacular. First of all, the anamorphic-enhanced 1.85:1 image is outstanding with rich, well-saturated colors and dark blacks. Detail is a real high point in this fine transfer. There are no real visible distractions, making for a picture that…  See more details below


The little seen but wonderful Love & Basketball comes in a "Platinum Series" DVD from New Line and the results are spectacular. First of all, the anamorphic-enhanced 1.85:1 image is outstanding with rich, well-saturated colors and dark blacks. Detail is a real high point in this fine transfer. There are no real visible distractions, making for a picture that really stands out. The sound, an English 5.1 track, is adequate for a film like this, even though it really makes no use of the surround speakers. Dialogue is centered up front and clear. Also available is a stereo surround track and subtitles in English. Though those two elements are impressive enough, it's the supplemental materials that take this disc to a higher level. As is the tradition with this sort of special edition, those materials are plentiful. To begin with, there are two audio commentary tracks, one with director Gina Prince-Bythewood and star Sanaa Lathan, while the second track is a 5.1 isolated score with commentary from Prine-Bythewood, editor Terilyn A. Shropshire, and composer Terence Blanchard. Also included, with optional commentary, are seven deleted scenes, and a brief blooper reel that is quite amusing. In addition are four audition tapes, including the final scene in the film, with actors Omar Epps and Lathan. Animated storyboards, also with the final shots from the film, are included as well as a music video from Lucy Pearl, the theatrical trailer, and DVD-ROM content such as watching the film and viewing the screenplay at the same time. Finally, there's a very dry but valid 36-minute discussion of women and the competition they face, whether that is in business, politics, or sports.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This refreshingly offbeat love story -- allegedly based on the life of Charlotte Hornets forward P.J. Brown -- revolves around the game of basketball and the stabilizing influence it exerts on a pair of friends whose lengthy, erratic relationship ultimately blossoms into romance. Sanaa Lathan, a fresh, beguiling screen presence, plays Monica, a female basketball player with unusual talent and the drive to match. Omar Epps as Quincy, the gifted but cocky son of a fading Los Angeles Clippers star (Dennis Haysbert), initially ridicules her ambition. Eventually, though, he comes to realize that this is one young woman who's determined to get what she goes after. First as friendly rivals growing up in Los Angeles in the early '80s, then as lovers at USC and in the disparate worlds of men's and women's professional basketball, Epps's and Lathan's relationship has a definite ring of naturalness; so, too, does the film's adoring image of basketball as both a maker and breaker of hearts. (No surprise: New York Knicks fan No. 1 Spike Lee was one of the producers.) Writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood makes Lathan a likable, believable young woman for whom every audience can cheer. Epps, whose character is more edgy, veers close to the unsympathetic at several points, but ultimately convinces us that he's worthy of Lathan's energies. Unflinchingly contemporary in tone and presentation, Love & Basketball also shares the warm, uplifting feel of the screen's most popular romantic dramas. In short, it's a slam-dunk.
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To call director Gina Prince-Bythewood's debut feature refreshing would be an understatement. This touching tale of two aspiring professional basketball players, who also happen to be childhood best friends and on-again-off-again lovers, deftly weaves the paths of its dueling stars into a warm and smart love story. In portraying the heartbreaking realities of a love affair threatened by competition and ambition (think A Star Is Born for basketball), Prince-Bythewood focuses more closely on the trajectory of her female lead (Sanaa Latham in a star-making performance), broadening the scope of her love story to include an examination of the role of women in sports. With stand-out performances from both Omar Epps and Latham as the athletic couple, Love & Basketball serves as a somber reminder of how few films exist (much less love stories, much less ones that focus on the female perspective) about multi-dimensional African-American characters outside the ghetto.

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Product Details

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New Line Home Video
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
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Special Features

Widescreen version of the film; 5.1 Surround Sound; 2.0 Stereo Surround; English subtitles and closed captions; Feature-length commentary by writer/director Gina Prince-Bythewood and actor Sanaa Lathan; 5.1 isolated score with commentary by composer Terence Blanchard, editor Terilyn A. Shropshire, and Gina Prince-Bythewood; Deleted scenes; Blooper reel; Audition tapes featuring Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan; Animated storyboards of basketball sequences; Music video: Lucy Pearl "Dance Tonight"; Theatrical trailer; Original documentary: " Breaking the Glass Ceiling: The Rise and Acceptance of Women Competitors"; Script-to-screen screenplay; Original theatrical web site on the DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sanaa Lathan Monica Wright
Omar Epps Quincy McCall
Alfre Woodard Camille Wright
Dennis Haysbert Zeke McCall
Debbi Morgan Mona McCall
Harry J. Lennix Nathan Wright
Kyla Pratt Young Monica
Glenndon Chatman Young Quincy
Gabrielle Union Shawnee
Monica Calhoun Kerry
Boris Kodjoe Jason

Technical Credits
Gina Prince-Bythewood Director,Screenwriter
Terence Blanchard Score Composer
Ruth E. Carter Costumes/Costume Designer
Aisha Coley Casting
Andrew Z. Davis Executive Producer
Dolby Digital Sound/Sound Designer
Cynthia Guidry Executive Producer
Jeffrey Howard Production Designer
Sam Kitt Producer
Spike Lee Producer
Terilyn A. Shropshire Editor
Jay Stern Executive Producer
Reynaldo Villalobos Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. Two on Two [5:35]
2. The New Neighbors [:53]
3. Five Seconds [1:08]
4. #32 [1:50]
5. #22 [:12]
6. A Ride Home [2:20]
7. Late Night Spat [:11]
8. A Date for Monica [3:48]
9. Championship [3:01]
10. Spring Dance [:21]
11. After the Dance [2:33]
12. At USC [3:17]
13. Locker Talk [1:44]
14. One on One [3:56]
15. The Season Starts [1:31]
16. Zeke's Problem [2:41]
17. Quincy Takes It Hard [2:54]
18. Ups and Downs [1:23]
19. Party Problems [4:14]
20. Part of the Game [2:57]
21. Crossroads [3:02]
22. Barcelona [2:55]
23. Quincy's Fall [3:17]
24. Hospital Visit [:02]
25. A Talk with Mom [1:21]
26. Back at Home [1:19]
27. Monica's Challenge [5:14]
28. One on One Rematch [2:40]
29. Return of #32 [4:47]
30. End Credits [3:21]


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Love & Basketball 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this movie very much. It caused you to cry and be happy all at the same time. I would watch it over and over again just because it grabs you. The actors I believe were perfect for the parts. They made the movie seem like, yes this really does happen in life. It would also help those that are into basketball, see how things could interfer or see the things that would help you. I think if you did't see it in the Theather you should really go and see it on video. You will it as if your on a rollercoaster ride it has so many ups an downs that it make want for more. This is how good this movie is. I believe you may fall in love with this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best movie that I have ever seen! It starts out so inocent and ends up to be a love makin' - heart breakin' love story. I play basketball and it made me think about how much I loved it. It also has real life situations that dont seem over done or anything like that. I love this movie and I've watched it ATLEAST 200 times. I have the soundtrack and now im goin for the DVD. Watch this and you will fall in love with the actors and the thrilling story of two early childhood lovers who try to make it big in the Basketball career while establishing their love lives. Well you know how I feel. Find out for yourself!!! NOW!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie is the best ever made in 2000 i fell in love with it from the first time i saw it i made me wish i was her after watching the movie i took up basketball now iam the capitain of the team and i wanna go to usc and be number 32 like monica
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie from the first time i saw it. It's so realistic and it's something that people can relate to. The relationship between Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan brings a lot of enjoyment into the movie. It'll make you sad and it'll make you laugh too. i recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys mature movies that you can have fun watching.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Perfect love story for her, with the perfect sport shots for him. The songs & the the things that happen are sooo true, it hits everyone right at home, everyone has had that sweetheart & breakup, it's THE best love story yet!!!Perfect cast too!!No one is prettier or sexier than Sanaa & Omar!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite movie, from the first time i saw this movie i fell in love with it and would watch it everyday, and cry at the end everytime. This is also my favorite movie because it reminds me of a boy that i'm in-love with and it's like everytime we play, we re-make the video. But this really is a great movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is the most wonderful thing to every hit theaters, and to be compared to Save the Last Dance is an insult.I agree Save the Last Dance is a wonderful movie but it's not near this masterpiece of a movie.I would love to see another movie like this
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie!!! If we were watching it right now i could speak every part sound word anything I have watched this movie mulitply time and i just fell in love with it.Sanaa Lathan iz the bomb in this movie and i look up to her i want t be like her when i grow up.!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first saw the preview of this movie on commercials, I knew it was going to be a hit. Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps acting in the movie was incredible. They really played their role as a couple in love with basketball and each other so naturally. They brought tears and smiles upon my face throughout the movie. I fell in love with the movie because it was ''real''. It showed how people can strive for what they want and achieve it with hard work and determination.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is one in a million. From beginning to end it keeps you captivated, which is not something that a lot of movies can accomplish. When I watch it I feel like I am actually living the lives of the characters, which is something a good movie will most definitely do. If you like basketball or have ever been in love then you will most definitely be interested in this movie. At times it will bring tears to your eyes, as well as make your heart pound in anticipation, or even plaster a smile on your face, but it is well worth your while. This movie is one of my all time favorites and is highly recommended by me!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best romantic/comedy& drama i have ever seen.I cried when i thought she lost the love of her life because she lost the game, but has Sanaa says ' all is fare in love& basketball'.I love this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie epitomizes childhood crushes to adult love with a lot of basketball in between. Great movie for the female sports fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
love and Basketball is my favorite movie. I was suprised that the film was not nominated for an Oscar. This movie was not about degrading women or anything negative. This was a true love story that shows that love is the most important thing, and with love you can overcome even the biggest obstacles. Excellent story telling!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Love and Basketball is a very loving movie. Not only does it have happiness to it, but it even has sadness so you can cry and laugh at the same time. Love and Basketball can related to your everyday life if you're stuck in the same situations as the characters in the movie. Love and Basketball even goes back in the past to show how the two characters met up and started their childhood,but then it goes into the present.Love and Basketball is even emotional, I'm not going to tell you why, because you need to see the movie. I would recommend Love and Basketball to anyone who likes basketball and romance at the same time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love this movie!!!!!!! it has such good plot, actors... EVERYTHING! its a must own for every movie collector!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I rented this on PPV and watched 3 times in a row. Bought on VHS and wore it out. I love this movie...everyone has a love that their heart won't let go of...I cried. I laughed and rewinded it and watched it again. I now own it on DVD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All of my friends told me to watch this movie.... so i did and I LOVE IT! I am a basketball player so i fell in love with it from the start. I thought it would be just another one of those comeback movies like all of the rest but it's not. I could watch this movie over and over and never get tired of it. I recommend this movie to all basketball players and anyone who likes a good love story!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this film, im telling you now, i havent cried so much since bambi. its one of, if not the best, films i have seen. i can totally relate to this film. i wish that i could find it on VHS in the uk :( omar is very cute, and its so down to earth. i recommend this film so much, buy it, dont rent it, you wont be able 2 watch it just the once!
DiamondPrincess26 More than 1 year ago
Love and Basketball, a wonderful romantic drama that was released in the year 2002; this movie is about two individuals who loved each other and the game of basketball. Sanna Lathan is a beautiful African American woman, a fresh, beguiling screen presence. She has a caramel complexion, she has starred in other movies and she has been acting since her teenage years. Omar Epps is an African American man, he has dark complexion and he has been acting since his teenage years. Sanna Lathan plays the role of Monica Wright, a female basketball player with unusual talent and the drive to match. Omar Epps plays the role of Quincy McCall, a cocky son of a fading Los Angeles star. The supporting actors were Alfre Woodard (Camille Wright) and Dennis Haysbert (Zeke McCall). Individuals should watch this movie because the movie is not just about basketball but the love between both of the main characters. Of course the love of basketball brought them together but, you have to think is will that keep them together. The other reason I loved this movie is because I am a fan of basketball and I wanted to see the approach the director made towards combining love and basketball. I personally loved this movie because it explains Monica's and Quincy's relationship from childhood to adulthood. This movie has taught me valuable lesson which is don't let the one you love get away because they might not return. I have a couple of scene from the movie that I fell in love with and the first one is when Monica and her mom are having a conversation and it is about Monica's and Quincy's relationship. The other scene I fell in love with was the last scene of the movie when Monica and Quincy are playing each other in a one on one game to test their love for one another. Not only is the movie full of incredible detailed scenes and romance, so is the soundtrack that goes along with it. The soundtrack for this incredible movie is also called Love and Basketball and it features artist such as; Donnell Jones, Al Green, Angie Stone and many more. I think this soundtrack would drift people into the movie because of the artist and how each song went with its assigned scene perfectly. Also because of the songs being old school that will also drift individuals into the movie. On the DVD there is a director and actor commentary, deleted scenes, blooper reels, audition tapes, and there is a music video as well.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this movie. For once they made a movie about women like me. I not big into makeup or prissy clothing and just love to play basketball. I really enjoyed watching a movie that I could totally relate to. I've had it for one week and have managed to watch it five times. The movie is just so cute. My next step is to buy the CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was so touching. I almost cried. I think this movie not only shows romance but it also inspires you to go after whatever your dream is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Me being a woman who playes basketball it really touched my heart. This was the best movie I ever saw.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Best of 2000