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Love and Basketball

Rating:PG-13 (for sexuality and language)
Genre:Drama, Romance
Release Date:April 21, 2000
Running time:120 minutes
Cast:Omar Epps, Debbi Morgan, Sanaa Lathan, Harry J. Lennix, Alfre Woodard
Director:Gina Prince-Bythewood
Producer:Spike Lee, Sam Kitt
Writer:Gina Prince-Bythewood
Distributor:New Line Cinema

Description: Quincy McCall and Monica Wright are childhood adversaries and talented athletes who have a love for the game of basketball and each other. As each pursues their dream of competing in professional sports, they must face their own respective hurdles. The story begins with Monica and Quincy as youngsters, when she moves in next door. Quincy is shocked to find she can play ball better than most guys. When he asks her to be his girlfriend, it lasts about a minute: She finds his eleven-year-old machismo out of control. Cut to High school: Following in the footsteps of his famous dad, an NBA player, Quincy has his pick of colleges, and women, while Monica is appalled by his taste in the latter. She also can't understand why her coach thinks his best player has to act like a lady on the court: Monica is definitely no lady. But when Quincy sees her dolled up for the senior dance, he discovers he has fallen in love with his tomboy neighbor. They continue pursuing their respective basketball careers as college sweethearts- until Quincy's dad, his idol, lets him down, and Monica does, too, because she can't miss curfew before a big game to be there for him. When Quincy announces that he's dropping out of school to turn pro and their romance is off, Monica is left wondering if "being all about ball" is worth losing the love of her life. But all's fair in love and basketball, and the game isn't over until the fourth quarter has been played.

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