There was this sweetness between them.

Classic sports romance, "Love & Basketball," hit the big screen two years ago. The movie highlighted the story of "Monica Wright," which was acted by Sanaa Lathan and "Quincy McCall," whose role was performed by Omar Epps. While speaking about their relationship, Lathan revealed that she and Epps decided to keep it away from Gina because they thought it would be a problem. What if they break up midway through shooting?

It was important for their secret relationship to remain under the radar as Prince-Brythwood didn’t discover that Lathan and Epps were dating until after they were cast. It’s not clear when their relationship started or ended but fans speculate that their relationship lasted a little under two years.

He went on to marry his previous girlfriend and the mother of his child, singer Keisha Epps. The romantic drama starred Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps and tells the story of Quincy McCall (Epps) and Monica Wright (Lathan), two childhood neighbors who bond over their shared love of basketball before falling for each other. They have, however, remained friendly over the years and reunited to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the film in 2015 during the LA Film Festival. This is simply a great movie for all ages. When people are dating or married, a lot of times they don’t have chemistry on screen. The film became a cult classic for going against the standard in gender roles and showcasing black love. However the typical romantic film part where they spilt up was quite unbelievable and not very realistic. 2020 Showbiz Cheat Sheet, All Rights Reserved. You may request that your data not be shared with third parties here: Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan of 'Love & Basketball' Were Dating in Real Life, got inspired to tell a semi-autobiographical, Sanaa Lathan of 'Nappily Ever After' Fame Flaunts Curves in White Bathing Suit with Sheer Panels in Stunning Pics, Sanaa Lathan's Father Stan Lathan Is a Famous TV Director — Meet Him, Omar Epps Gushes about Wife Keisha on Her 49th Birthday in a Loving Post, Omar Epps' Daughter K'mari Brought Mom Keisha to Tears with Her Mother's Day Post, Omar Epps' Wife Keisha Pays Tribute to Husband on 20th Anniversary of 'Love & Basketball', Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost Tied the Knot in an Intimate Ceremony, Arnold Schwarzenegger Was Born with a Valve Defect — Look Back at His Heart Problems.
There's a problem loading this menu right now. This was first film where I saw Sanaa Lathan back in the day. Reviewed in the United States on February 13, 2020. Excellent service. Lathan has been linked to a few high profile men since their split, including rapper French Montana. A family favorite. She always plays a bitchy role and it's so old and exhausting...that's why she is not the main character. It isn't easy, but this wonderfully written and directed film grabs every emotion, every situation and carefully lays it bare, then covers it with healing, love and laughter. I just love there relationship and even thought they went through a change they still ended up finding there way back to each other, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 25, 2020. | Photo: GettyImages. Love and Basketball is a great movie for women and men to watch because there is something for everyone to enjoy, first love and sports what's not to love about that? Sanaa was born on September 19, 1971, to popular actress, Eleanor McCoy, and movie director, Stan Lathan. I am pretty sure everyone have watched this movie before. This movie is a classic. Travelling or based outside United States? Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 17, 2014, Love this film...great characters..great love the Basketball element aswell. “I think if I had known, I don’t know if I would have taken that risk. Starring Omar Epps, Sanaa Lathan, Dennis Haysbert and Alfre Woodard. Reviewed in the United States on July 2, 2020. According to her, the movie is perfect the way it is.

Directors Gina Prince-Bythewood Starring Omar Epps, Sanaa Lathan, Alfre Woodard Genres Drama, Sports Subtitles English [CC] Audio languages English.

Reviewed in the United States on December 26, 2019. “It’s so cool and amazing that it has become this beloved film that people love,” Lathan said. "Love & Basketball" was released two decades ago, and quite interestingly, the two main actors, Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan had a real-life romantic relationship. While it remains unclear when Epps and Lathan started dating, fans speculate that the couple's romance lasted for less than two years.

We and other data collection technologies to provide the best experience for our customers. While the two were on-screen love interests, they had a real-life romance as well. Sign in to see videos available to you. It rakes me back to memory lane. One of my all-time favorite romantic flicks, Reviewed in the United States on February 12, 2014. The lives and loves of two next door neighbors, Quincy and Monica, are wonderful weaved in a tapestry that will have you amazed! We basically know this movie word for word in my house. Rentals include 30 days to start watching this video and 48 hours to finish once started. When my daughter saw it a few years later, it became her favourite film. Alfre Woodard is an excellent "mom" in every movie she's in. “Gina and I actually spoke about that and she has this you-don’t-touch-a-classic-thing,” Epps said. I rented this movie and you can rent it for 14 days. From young children to grown ups, we find these two struggling to deal with and master both Love AND Basketball as they go through life. She said: "Omar and I were like, 'We're not going to tell Gina because I have the feeling she could have a beef about it.' The relationship between the main characters in the film would become a favorite on-screen couple of fans around the world. Really enjoyed this movie. Rentals include 30 days to start watching this video and 48 hours to finish once started.

At the time Lathan and Epps were cast for the classic sports movie, they were reportedly already in a relationship that they managed to keep under the radar. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. Sanaa Lathan attends Step Up's 14th annual Inspiration Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on June 1, 2018. All three of my brothers played ball and one of my best friend's is also named Monica Wright and she played the same position in high school. Rent HD $3.99.

It went on to become the ninth highest-grossing for a basketball film. She remains happily single. Package arrived on time and in excellent condition. There have been rumors of a sequel but nothing has been confirmed.

Fans have always wished for their on-screen chemistry to be transferred off-screen. The two displayed their love for each other arm and arm on red carpets and at the film’s premiere.

Video availability outside of United States varies. With early exposure to showbiz, Sanaa quickly developed an interest in acting. Fans will probably be devastated if their favorite on-screen characters’ love story is tainted as such. Trying to ignore the fact this was a big Nike ad, it's a movie I will watch over and over again. In a 2015 interview with Buzzfeed News, the cast and director spoke about the film’s cultural impact as it related to gender equality and black affluence. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Omar Epps does his usual fine performance as Q, a boy striving to be better than his NBA star father who learns that a man doesn't necessarily have to be a star. Over the years, Sanaa has garnered several awards, including the Image Honor for Best Supporting Actress for her role in "The Best Man.". Had to get the digital copy. Select the department you want to search in. And I just wanted to watch them.”. “I wanted to put it out in the world that these two characters travel the same way that anybody else travels both in career and in love [despite being Black],” said its director, Gina Prince-Bythewood said. This was, however, not the case as the two lovers developed even stronger chemistry on set and soon became a favorite on-screen couple of fans around the world. “I agree but it’s tempting because it’s like what would the story look like now. During a Q&A at the festival, Epps spoke about whether or not he sees one in the future. In an interview with Essence Magazine, Epps and Lathan opened up about the film still registering with audiences so many years later. Although fans would highly welcome a sequel, Lathan disclosed that the chances were very slim.

Best movie. Gina Prince-Bythewood, a former UCLA athlete who played basketball in high school, got inspired to tell a semi-autobiographical story about a female basketball player. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness.

Once Bythewood found out about the movie stars' relationship, she reportedly became nervous about how it could negatively affect their filming. Overall if you like chick flicks, this is for you, Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020,, Inc. or its affiliates. During the 15th anniversary of the movie in 2015, Omar revealed that if there were ever a sequel to "Love & Basketball," he would love to see Monique and Quincy get a divorce.
He said: "Instinctively, I would show the other side of love, like how Monica and Quincy didn't make it—to me, it could be more interesting.". She didn't know until we were on set.". She told Buzzfeed News in the same 2015 interview that she was nervous about their relationship and how it could affect filming. The two have been married for over a decade. Reviewed in the United States on July 3, 2020, Reviewed in the United States on March 6, 2002. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. Reviewed in the United States on August 1, 2020, I LOVEEEEEEE Love and Basketball!!!!!

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Fans would love for the fictional Monica and Quincy to be an item in real life but that’s not the case for Lathan and Epps. Released in 2000, it stars Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps as childhood friends turned young adults bound by feelings for each other and a shared passion for basketball. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 16, 2019, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 30, 2019, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 2, 2020. The chemistry was so good between actors Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps that fans assumed the two were indeed an item. Madame Noire reported in the same year that if a sequel would take place, Epps would want the characters to divorce to reflect the divorce rate in the country. Rachel Lindsay Lives Apart from Her Husband — inside the 'Bachelorette' Star's Marriage, Heidi Klum's Daughter Leni Doesn't Show Her Face on Instagram — What to Know about Her 4 Kids, Mookie Betts' Father Served in the Air Force — What to Know about His Parents, Dylan Dreyer's Sons Both Underwent Surgeries — Glimpse into Her Family Life, Freddie Prinze Jr Became a Passionate Chef — inside His Life and Career after Hollywood Fame, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Converted to Islam Decades Ago — inside the NBA Legend's Religious Journey, Jeanie Buss Was Once Engaged to Phil Jackson — Facts about the LA Lakers President, Odette Annable and Husband Reunited after a 9-Month Separation — Meet Dave Annable's Wife, Suri Cruise Turned 14 This Year — Facts about Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' Teenage Daughter. This movie is one of Sanaa Lathan's best work. But they were hot. It's a well-acted and directed movie. Sanaa Lathan is great as Monica, the girl who wants nothing more than to be the first woman to play in the NBA yet slowly begins to realize there is something greater missing from her life. We love this movie! Love & Basketball well was received by critics but even more loved by audiences, specifically the African-American community. Buy HD $7.99. Starring Omar Epps, Sanaa Lathan, Dennis Haysbert and Alfre Woodard. Quickly browse titles in our catalog based on the ones you have picked. I would definitely recommend Love & Basketball as a date night movie if the date requires staying in. The only gripe I have about this movie is the director should have left Gabrielle Union out of this film....her part was useless. A young African-American couple navigates the tricky paths of romance and athletics in this drama.

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