YMMV / Love and Basketball

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Camille Wright, Monica's mother, and her obsession with trying to "break" Monica and make her be more feminine, which Monica sees as her mother trying to force her into being another stay at home housewife, which fuels the ongoing cycle of resentment between them. Was Camille a Stepford Smiler subconsciously taking her anger and resentment at not being able to pursue her own goals and dreams because of the responsibilities of being a mother out on Monica (a sort of "If I can't be happy and chase after my dreams than you can't either" type of thinking), or did Camille simply feel that Monica's ambition of being a professional basketball player just wasn't a realistic career goal given the time period that the film's story is set in (the film opens in 1981 and covers a time period of roughly 13 years, with the "fourth quarter" being set in the early 1990s, before the formation of the WNBA) and, like any well meaning parent, just wanted their child to have a backup plan in case the dream job fell through? Maybe a little of both?
  • Cult Classic: Sort of. Despite being 11 years old, this movie is still incredibly popular with young black people from the ages of about 13 to 25, probably due to the constant reruns on BET. To the point where it's a trending topic on Twitter. Young basketball players sometimes talk about having or wanting a Love and Basketball relationship.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: Monica got engaged for real in July 2013 to Kevin Durant.
  • Heartwarming Moments: "Double or nothing."
  • Hollywood Homely: Monica has to undergo a makeover to look feminine enough so she can get a date for the high school prom. She's played by Saana Lathan, who is—for lack of a more suitable word—gorgeous.
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