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

He has me riding the bench.

- You lost your head.

- I was showing emotion.

So it's all right

for you to act like that?


- What did you do?

- Nothing.

I don't know why

I keep hoping...

you'll grow out

of this tomboy thing.

I won't. I'm a lesbian.

That's not funny.

That's what you think...

'cause I'd rather wear

a jersey than an apron?


Monica, I think what

your mother is saying is...

Maybe it's time

you start thinking

about other things

beside basketball.


One game left and

you haven't been recruited.

Munchkin, I wanted this

as bad as you did...

but we have to face reality.

The coach from USC

will be at the championship.

I know, but chances are...

Chances are

there's still a chance.

If you would just listen

to someone for a change...

you'd realize you have a lot

going for yourself.

You're smart.

You would be pretty if you'd

do something with your hair.

I don't know why you run around

with your hair looking like...

"Who shot John

and forgot to kill him."

You'd be real pleasant-looking

if you'd smile.

My mom's about to be home.

I'm not good enough

to meet your moms?

Now, girl.

If my moms knew I had a hottie

like you up in the crib...

she would beat

the black off of me.

That's a lot of beatin'.

Hey, girl.

Your hair looks

really cute like that.


So, do you know who Q is asking

to the spring dance?


Come on, girl.

You live right next-door.

Just tell me

who's been creeping.

There's just so many,

I can't keep track.

Can you give him this for me?


Give it yourself.

I'm not trying

to look all fast.

Thanks, girl.

Good lord, look at that booty.

I want to lick the sweat off.

Quincy, so help me out.

Where's it gonna be?

I'll see you at

the press conference, baby.

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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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