Love & Basketball
It's about winning, losing and playing the game. Monica (Sanaa Lathan) and Quincy (Omar Epps) grow up next door to each other playing basketball, fighting and falling in love. When simultaneous turns in the big leagues throw their off-court relationship off-kilter, the pair discovers that very little is fair in Love & Basketball. Spike Lee produced this warm, witty film.
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- Gina Prince
- This movie is
- 2001 Independent Spirit Awards®
- Best Female Lead nominee: Sanaa Lathan
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; enhanced for 16x9 TVs; music videos; story boards; documentaries; deleted scenes; director's commentary
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this movie has strong sexuality for a PG-13, including descriptions of some sexually aggressive women, a strip basketball game, and a scene of Monica and Quincy having sex that has no nudity but is fairly explicit -- but refreshingly it includes the obvious use of a condom. A character gets drunk when she finds out that her husband has been unfaithful.
- Sexual Content
- Fairly explicit sexual references and situations. Quincy's father is unfaithful; women fall all over Quincy and explicitly ask to sleep with him; as high schoolers, Quincy and Monica have sex -- a condom is prominent in that scene; a game of strip basketball in a dorm room shows underwear only.
- Some scuffles, parent slaps adult child, plus Monica is often fouled on the basketball court for displays of temper.
- Some strong language.
- Social Behavior
- Monica faces sexist behavior and attitudes from those closest to her as she proves basketball is just as important to her as it is to male players. Quincy's dad is an abandoning, philandering father figure and Quincy works hard throughout the film not to turn out like him.
- NBA, WNBA, USC
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Drinking, including drinking to drown sorrow.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it