Michael Sauter
October 13, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Love & Basketball

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
124 minutes
Wide Release Date
04/21/00
performer
Omar Epps, Sanaa Lathan, James DuMont, Harry J. Lennix, Dennis Haysbert, Debbi Morgan, Alfre Woodard
director
Gina Prince Bythewood
Producers
40 Acres & a Mule Filmworks
distributor
New Line Cinema
author
Gina Prince Bythewood
genre
Romance, Sports, Drama

We gave it an B+

Mixing Love and Basketball is the ultimate challenge for b-ballers Quincy (Epps) and Monica (Lathan), who grow up denying their mutual attraction, finally connect as college players, then separate to chase their hoop dreams. The love story’s a little too TV-movie simple, but when it deals with these kids as athletes, the film gets inside the game as few sports movies have. Lathan’s breakout performance, as a passionate grrrl point guard, alone makes this worth renting. B+

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