Love & Basketball
Love & Basketball

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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... (Full plot summary below)

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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. Written by <[email protected]

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Film4 - 9/10 by Mark Morris 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.
Entertainment Weekly - 9/10 by Lisa Schwarzbaum Lathan, charismatic and beautifully strong, holds the screen in every scene.
Baltimore Sun - 9/10 by Ann Hornaday The conventional and the cliche are slam-dunked in favor of a fresh, authentic take on passion, ambition and coming of age.
New York Daily News - 9/10 by Jami Bernard Makes hoops look like the sexiest game in town.
Los Angeles Times - 9/10 by Eric Harrison In her first feature, writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood tells a familiar tale with first-rate acting and an underlying sense of authenticity.
New York Magazine/Vulture - 8/10 by Peter Rainer Mawkishly heartfelt, but actress Sanaa Lathan performs as if she were lit from within.
Chicago Tribune - 8/10 by Marc Caro The biggest missteps come toward the end, when Prince-Bythewood's storybook instincts get the best of her and force a wrap-up that doesn't feel earned.
San Francisco Examiner - 8/10 by Wesley Morris Prince-Bythewood's movie is an occasionally clunky, mostly engaging coming out party for herself.
L.A. Weekly - 8/10 by Ernest Hardy Although the writing and the directing are smart and purposeful, the movie takes flight on the strength of its performances.
Charlotte Observer - 8/10 by Lawrence Toppman Any critic likes to predict the rise of a star, so let me introduce you to Gina Prince-Bythewood.
Chicago Sun-Times - 8/10 by Roger Ebert Not as taut as it could have been, but I prefer its emotional perception to the pumped-up sports cliches I was sort of expecting.
Sight and Sound - 8/10 by Stephanie Zacharek It's a fine example of a conventionally made picture which follows all the rules yet still emerges as fresh and original.

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