Love and Basketball Movie Review Summary

Actors: Sanaa Lathan, Omar Epps

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   At the beginning of this movie Monica(Kyla Pratt)and her family moves to a neighborhood in LA in the year of 1981 and just so happen move next door to a boy named Quincy. They are both 11 years old at the time and they both want to play for the NBA. Monica ends up playing basketball at the basketball court with Quincy and some of his friends and they tell her she cant play cause she's a girl. During the game Quincy gets mad because a girl beat him so he pushes her to the ground and makes her scar her face. The next day Quincy's mom comes over to give Monica's mom a "welcome to the neighborhood" cake. Monica and Quincy end up going to the kitchen and they start talking about basketball.The day after that he comes to pick her up for school on his bike. When Quincy tells her to get on the bike she says she dsont have to so they end up fighting.   
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   Later on when they are in high school they still argue a lot , but really like eachother secretly. Quincy is the popular basketball guy who all the girls lkie and Monica is the tomboy, basketball girl. Soon the school's fall dance is coming up and her big sister Lena has found hera college boy to go to the dance with. On the night of the dance Quincy sees her with her date and he realizes he likes her and Quincy is dancing with his date but still looking at Monica and Monica is doing the same thing also. Afterwards when Quincy comes over to talk to her his date insult Monica. Soon they end up hooking up but they both have their basketball careers and it interferes with the relationship.
   When Monica goes to college to play basketball, she has to deal with some of the girls who are mean to her. Her coach also makes things difficult for her because she is a Freshmen. At this point Monica and Quincy are still together. One night they both just so happened to have an impotant basketball game on the same night. Quincy ends up losing his game but Monica ends up winning theirs. While Monica is at a celebration party for the team he barges it and has a mean attitude because they lost. He takes it out on Monica and so he gets another girl phone number. Monica sees this and she asks him about it. He then syas that their realtionship should be over. Soon Monica was accepted to a real nice college in Italy, there she ends up playing agianst her enemy from her old college and they become friends. When she goes home to visit she realizes that Quincy have moved on with his life and is engaged to Tyra Banks. At the end they end up playing against each other for one last time for the love of basketball.
The review of this Movie prepared by Iesha Moore

This film focuses on two Los Angeles kids who are crazy about each other. In addition, they also share a passion for basketball, and that presents a problem for them every season. They share their dreams of playing in the pros (both the NBA and WNBA), and neither of them is willing to give up a romantic relationship for a basketball career. There are spectacular cameos by players from both the LA Lakers and the LA Sparks.
The review of this Movie prepared by Teddy

Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps play childhood rivals who grow up to become lovers. She is a woman playing a man's sport and desperately seeking recognition from her disapproving mother. He is under intense pressure to exceed as an athlete and follow in the footsteps of his father, who disappoints him. They grow together, grow apart and finally grow up and finally in love playing basketball.
The review of this Movie prepared by Danielle Petty

Script Analysis of Love and Basketball

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   rekindling lost love/marriage Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Kids:    -   general coming of age story Kind of sports story:    -   basketball Sports story?    -   Yes Story of girl(s) doing boy sport?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   athlete Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Black american


United States    -   Yes City?    -   Yes City:    -   Los Angeles Misc setting    -   school    -   sports arena

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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