Love and Basketball is a 2000 romantic drama movie starring Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan and distributed by New Line Cinema.Quincy McCall (played by Epps) and Monica Wright (Lathan) have been next-door neighbors and Vitriolic Best Buds since childhood, with both sharing a great love for basketball and aspiring to become stars in the NBA leagues. The film chronicles their intertwining lives over a decade, as they grow from childhood to high school, then move on to college and finally chase their respective dreams. Along the way, they both must cope with individual trials, disappointments, and their ever-present attraction toward each other both on and off the court.For those who haven't seen it yet, spoilers will be marked.
Germans Love David Hasselhoff: In-universe example when Monica plays and lives in Spain and meets Sidra there, who is playing for an Italian team. She talks about how they are treated like stars in Europe, whereas in the U.S. they are nobodies.
Invincible Hero: Quincy is naturally talented at basketball, so much so that recruiters are actively seeking him out while he's in high school. It's subverted later in the movie when he injures himself on the court.
Happily Married: Played straight with Monica's parents. Subverted with Quincy's parents.
Their First Time: Monica loses her virginity to Quincy following the high school prom.
Time Skip: The film is split into four parts, called quarters (1st quarter, 2nd quarter, etc.) after the basketball time segments. The first quarter covers Quincy and Monica in their childhood; then the second quarter skips to their high school days; then the third quarter covers their first few years of college; The fourth and final quarter showcases their post-college years, when both are involved in professional basketball.
Title Drop: Done by Quincy during the climactic one-on-one basketball game between himself and Monica.
Well Done Daughter Girl: Monica's mother. All Monica wanted was for her mother to approve of her playing basketball, but Mrs. Wright always felt Monica was too tomboyish. Then late into the film, we get this:
Mrs. Wright:(talking about her own sacrificed dreams) My family had three meals a day. They had somebody to pick up after them...and when my daughters went to a dance...I could help them get ready. That is what I came to care about.
Monica: That's all you cared about. I must have played in a thousand games...and I can only remember you being at two.
Mrs. Wright: You had your coaches and your daddy for that stuff. It never mattered to you whether I was at them games.
What the Hell, Hero?: A subdued version—Quincy chides Monica for confessing that she loves him when his wedding is only two weeks away. Turns out he reciprocates.
Would Hit a Girl: Quincy pushes Monica to the ground in a rage during their first childhood basketball game, inadvertently scarring her face in the process. The very next day, after she insults his father's basketball team, they end up fighting on the grass. Of course, as Quincy grows older, he gets the requisite Character Development.