Love & Basketball

Synopsis: In 1981 in L.A., Monica moves in next door to Quincy. They're 11, and both want to play in the NBA, just like Quincy's dad. Their love-hate relationship lasts into high school, with Monica's edge and Quincy's top-dog attitude separating them, except when Quincy's parents argue and he climbs through Monica's window to sleep on the floor. As high school ends, they come together as a couple, but within a year, with both of them playing ball at USC, Quincy's relationship with his father takes an ugly turn, and it leads to a break up with Monica. Some years later, their pro careers at a crossroads, they meet again. It's time for a final game of one-on-one with high stakes.
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Production: New Line Cinema
  12 wins & 15 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
124 min

You're gonna turn them black.

You are lucky I found it.

Someone had put

your box of dresses...

underneath a pile of rags

in the garage.

- You OK?

- Yeah. I need to lay down.

I've been running around

all day.

Honey, which one

of these for tomorrow?

- Blue stripe.

- You sure?

You want to iron them both?

Just in case.

- Sure.

- Thanks, sweetie.

That boy next-door will ride

to school with you tomorrow.

You'll know somebody.

Hurry up. I'll come

back up for good nights.

Make it look nice, OK?

You want to be my girl?

What do I have to do?

I guess we can play ball

and ride to school together.

When you get mad at me,

I got to give you flowers.

But I don't like flowers.

How about Twinkies?

My mom won't ever buy them.

I think we ought to kiss now.

For how long?

Five seconds?

Not out here.

Over there, then.



'Cause you my girl,

you got to ride on my bike.

I want to ride my own bike.

- My dad always drives my mom.

- So?

That means I have to ride you.

Come on.

I don't have to do what you say.

Forget you, then, stupid.

You stupid, and your dad plays

for the worst team in the NBA.


Last time they won,

Dr. J was a nurse.

Shut up!

I don't want to be

your boyfriend, you ugly dog.

I don't want to be

your girlfriend, big head.

Get off me!

Big head.

Hey, Q.

Play some "D"!

Technical foul.

For what?

Damn! Come on, get in.

Let it go.

Unsportsmanlike conduct, white.

- For what?

- Technical foul.

- Man, you suck!

- Two shots.

Sit down and shut up.

Let it go. She feels better.

Oh, please.

She's behaving horribly.

I'm out.

I need a sub.

Karinda, sub, sub, sub.

Dad, you got to talk

to coach for me.

What am I supposed

to say to the man?

Tell him to keep me

on the floor.

The coach

from UCLA was there.

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Gina Prince-Bythewood

Gina Prince-Bythewood is an American film director and screenwriter. She is known for directing and producing the films Disappearing Acts and Love & Basketball, The Secret Life of Bees, and Beyond the Lights. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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