May '00 : Love and Basketball
Has all the moves and more

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by Shelby Jones


Scene from Love and Basketball
New Line Cinema presents a Forty Acres & A Mule Production
Written & Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood
Produced By Spike Lee
Starring Omar Epps & Sanaa Lathan


On playgrounds throughout the world, little boys, and girls dream of being the next Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson or Chamique Holdsclaw. A few dream of being like Dennis Rodman but we will put that thought on hold for now. In Los Angeles during the early eighties, there was no Jordan phenomenon – it was all about Magic. Look-away passes, sweet-set-jumper and a squad to run the floor with that could not be stopped. In Gina Price-Bythewood’s directorial debut, she takes us into the world of Quincy McCall (Epps) and Monica Wright. (Lathan).


Delivering the synopsis for this wonderful film is not fair. I think you should enter this game with your eyes WIDE OPEN. Listed below are several clues that will give some sort of picture to paint. But remember, all’s fair in Love & Basketball, right?

  1. Remember falling in love for the first time?
  2. Remember the 80’s?
  3. Remember high school basketball games?
  4. Remember the first person that broke your heart?
  5. Remember the first time you….
  6. Remember waiting for your college acceptance letters?
  7. Remember how times moves so fast?
  8. Remember how your parents always got on your last nerve?

Now, mix those images together and your synopsis will be borne.


  • **Omar Epps as Quincy McCall – Keeps getting better. Handled the rock pretty well.
  • **Sanaa Lathan as Monica Wright – She is my new favorite black female actress,
  • hands down! She dunked this role and should see many new roles thrown her way
  • because of it.
  • **Alfre Woodard as Camille Wright – An absolutely Pro. Flawless performance.
  • Dennis Haysbert as Zeke McCall – Solid performance.
  • Debby Morgan as Nona McCall – This could springboard her theatrical release opportunities.


    This film is special. Basketball films have been entertaining us for years. There was Hoosiers, He Got Game, Above The Rim and many more, but rarely have we seen a film that investigates the lives of African-American teenagers from the burbs who’ve got game just like the kids from the streets. Just like The Wood and The Best Man, it delivered truly refreshing images of African-Americans. The surprising strength of this film is the way it passionately deals with family life when the teenagers are jocks. Every parent with an athlete
    to raise should see this film with their child. It will undoubtedly deliver some down home truths about the problems both of you have or are experiencing. Bravo to Gina Prince-Bythewood for taking this one to the hole and scoring – uncontested!


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