Movie Reviews: Love and Basketball
   
 



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Studio:
     New Line. (2hrs.)
Plot:
     Two childhood friends share friendship, rivalry and love together in their quest to become professional basketball players.
Cast:
     Omar Epps, Sanaa Lathan, Alfre Woodard, Dennis Haysbert
Rating:
     R
Bottom Line:
     ***

Coverage:

     Love And Basketball's first-time director Gina Prince-Bythewood did a wonderful thing when making this movie. She made a sports movie whose plot doesn't hinge on the final shot at the buzzer of "The Big Game." Fact of the matter is, there isn't a big game at the end for the picture.
     So Prince-Bythewood stayed away from the predictable Hollywood plug-in formal and came up with a more realistic romantic/drama that follows the lives of basketball players Monica (Sanaa Lathan) and Quincy (Omar Epps) from their childhood to adulthood. Both Monica and Quincy are ambitious basketball players and their volatile relationship on and off the court seems to keep them from every getting together, even though they're in love.
     The film follows the childhood sweethearts struggling to grow up and accept adult responsibilities and play the game of basketball. The filmmakers get full credit for staying away from becoming a soap opera as Monica and Quincy come of age and face the harsh realities of the professional basketball culture and parents who at times they feel have let them down.

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