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Love and Basketball
A young African-American couple navigates the tricky paths of romance and athletics in this drama. Quincy McCall (Omar Epps) and Monica Wright (Sanaa Lathan) grew up in the same neighborhood and have known each other since childhood. As they grow into adulthood, they fall in love, but they also share another all-consuming passion: basketball. They've followed the game all their lives and have no small amount of talent on the court. As Quincy and Monica struggle to make their relationship work, they follow separate career paths though high school and college basketball and, they hope, into… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Told largely from the point of view of the woman, this career-versus-love story still develops the perspective of the man persuasively, as Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps reveal their characters' motives with nuances of expression that transcend the dialogue."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"Satisfying, enjoyable and smart."
‑ Louis B. Parks, Houston Chronicle
"Good romance, but strong sexuality for a PG-13."
‑ Common Sense Media Editors, Common Sense Media
"Thanks to Spike Lee's production company for giving a talented newcomer a good start."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"The chemistry between the two stars is exactly right. They are entirely believable as friends, as rivals and as lovers -- a tricky combination for any acting pair."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
"The pic is so well directed and lead performance by Sanaa Lathan so charismatic that audiences will overlook the script's flaws and root for the central duo."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"Mawkishly heartfelt, but actress Sanaa Lathan performs as if she were lit from within."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"This romantic drama from writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood is well-acted."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"It's a fine example of a conventionally made picture which follows all the rules yet still emerges as fresh and original."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek, Sight and Sound
"This film does at least feature superior acting and a solid script."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Stylishly shot and bursting with visual and sexual energy, this is confident black women's film-making and an eloquent tribute to the girl with the permanently grazed knees -- and about time too."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"An unusual but engaging mix of the overwrought and the understated, a picture that, at two hours plus, keeps threatening to overstay its welcome and yet always pulls us back into its conversational orbit."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"The surprise element here is that the film takes Monica's career, and her love of the game, as seriously, probably more seriously, than it does Quincy's."
‑ Mark Morris, Film4
"Prince-Bythewood, a first-time feature filmmaker out of UCLA's film school, tells a story that is at once warm and heartfelt -- and often funny as well."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"Uneven but satisfying."
‑ Susan Granger,
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