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Love and Basketball-Music Edition

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Follow the struggles of a man and woman from their growing up as next-door neighbors to romance in adulthood as they each compete for recognition in their chosen careers: professional basketball.


Studio New Line
SKU 206609256
UPC 794043113369
UPC 14 00794043113369
Format DVD
Release Date 9/22/2009
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Name Epps,Omar
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Cast & Crew
Alfre Woodard - Actor
Cynthia Guidry - Executive Producer
Dennis Haysbert - Actor
Dick Vitale - Featuring
Gabrielle Union - Actor
Gina Prince-Bythewood - Director
Gina Prince-Bythewood - Writer
Jeffrey Howard - Production Designer
Kyla Pratt - Actor
Omar Epps - Actor
Reynaldo Villalobos - Cinematographer
Sanaa Lathan - Actor
Spike Lee - Producer
Sue Chan - Art Director
Terence Blanchard - Original Music By
Terilyn A. Shropshire - Editor
Tyra Banks - Actor
Winner (2001) Image Award, Sanaa Lathan, Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture,Image Award, Alfre Woodard, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture,Independent Spirit, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Best First Screenplay
Nominee (2001) Image Award, Omar Epps, Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture,Image Award, Love & Basketball, Outstanding Motion Picture,Image Award, Kyla Pratt, Outstanding Youth Actor/Actress,Independent Spirit, Sanaa Lathan, Best Female Lead,Independent Spirit, Gina Prince-Bythewood, et. al., Best First Feature,MTV Award, Omar Epps, Best Male Performance
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Love & Basketball is, as one can infer from the title, about love and basketball...In the final analysis, the feature debut of writer/director Gina Prince-Bythewood (backed by producer Spike Lee) succeeds better as a sports movie than as a romance. While the sports cliches are kept to a minimum in favor of a Hoop Dreams-type view of basketball, the love story follows a familiar trajectory...Even though every major cast member of Love & Basketball is black, the film is essentially color-blind. However, while race is a non-issue, gender is not. The film illustrates, among other things, the vast gulf of inequality that exists between male and female athletes. By dramatizing Monica and Quincy's lives in parallel, Pince-Bythewood is able to explore the inequities. Despite having the same drive, ambition, and passion, they cannot reach the same peak, nor are the plateaus along the way on the same level. For example, Monica's high school games are played in front of a sparse crowd while Quincy's take place in a packed gymnasium. Attention to details like this place Love & Basketball a step or two ahead of the competition. Although not a slam-dunk, it's a satisfying lay-up.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "Love & Basketball" is about how you can either be in love or play basketball, but it's tricky to do both at the same time. It may be unique among sports movies in that it does not end with the Big Game. Instead, it's a thoughtful and touching story about two affluent black kids, a boy and a girl, who grow up loving each other, and the game...Omar Epps is an accomplished actor, effective here if a little too old (27) to be playing a high-schooler. Sanaa Lathan is the discovery. This is her sixth movie (she was in the lookalike films "The Wood" and "The Best Man") and her chance to flower, and she does, with a combination of tomboy stubbornness and womanly pride. She has some wonderful scenes with her mother (Alfre Woodard), a housewife who defends her choices in life against her daughter's half-formed feminist notions...Epps has effective scenes, too, with his parents. His dad retires from pro ball and is socked with a paternity suit, and Quincy has to re-evaluate how he feels about both parents in a couple of strong truth-telling scenes...The movie is not as taut as it could have been, but I prefer its emotional perception to the pumped-up sports cliches I was sort of expecting. Like Robert Towne's "Personal Best," it's about the pressures of being a star athlete--the whole life, not the game highlights.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Epps,Omar
Label Turner Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Ann Hornaday, Baltimore Sun ...a fresh, authentic take on passion, ambition and coming of age.
Eric Harrison, Los Angeles Times ...Prince-Bythewood tells a familiar tale with first-rate acting and an underlying sense of authenticity.
Gemma Files, A startling debut full of emotional depth and political punch.
Jay Carr, Boston Globe The cinematic equivalent of a high, arching rainbow of a three-pointer from midcourt.
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly Lathan, charismatic and beautifully strong, holds the screen in every scene.

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