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

Four years, I've been

writing about your son.

Did that cover story on you two

in "Sunday Magazine."

You'd love for him to play

at USC like you, right?

No, I'd love for him

to get a good education.

See you at

the press conference.

Fine. Blow me off.

Never like that, baby.

We should have another talk

with Coach Carile of Princeton.

Come on, Pop.

There's no way an lvy League

team will go all the way.

I don't care about

the team, Quincy.

I care about the school.

Didn't we have

this conversation already?


You played a good game today.

I was proud of you.

Thanks, man.

You up for a game later?

I don't want to hurt

your feelings now.

You don't want

to hurt that back.

I gotta bend down low

to guard you.

Anyway, I gotta get

to this meeting...

so tell your mom

I'm gonna be late.

Don't work too hard.

Let's hope I can say

the same about you someday.

I love you, bro.

- I love you, too.

- Be cool.

Hey, what's up, man?

Thank you.

Hey, Mr. M.

Hey, Miss Baller.

Excuse me, ladies.

- Way to hoop.

- I know this.

- What you want?

- A ride home.

Your legs don't look broke.

Look, big head,

I'll be at your car.

I guess "Please"

would be a stretch?


Don't touch the radio,

all right?

Just appreciate

the ride home.

Have a little respect

for a man's car.

Put something on.

No, I like going home

in silence after the game.

Thinking about how good

I look shootin' that three.

Don't flatter yourself.

What's that?

Some note Shawnee Easton

told me to give you.

Shawnee Easton.

With the bigass titties?

Hey, give it here!

Give it here!

"Q, you are so fine.

"I've been wanting

to get with you.

"Let me take you

to the spring dance...

and I promise

I'll leave you satisfied."

What a ho.

Why she gotta be a ho

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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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