This song takes me back! One of my mama’s favorites. Rev Al before he found religion tells us all about “Love and Happiness”!
Before you get too excited, no I was not able to secure an interview with anyone associated with the cast and crew of Love and Basketball. I would love for that to be true, but in reality I must wait till it is my turn for such things. For now, I would like for you to read the following interview from the Huffington Post’s Lucy McCalmont titled:
(Click the title of the story to read.)
The writer and director of this classic is none other than Gina Prince-Bythewood. This was her directorial debut and she knocked it out of the park, winning an Independent Spirit Award for her efforts. The film made its debut on the big screen the Sundance Awards in 2000 to critical acclaim. Gina actually played basketball in school and was right at home on the court during her appearance as an extra in the movie. According to an interview she recently did with Huffington Post, Gina and Sanaa Lathan did not get along during filming, but once Gina saw the film in the editing room, she changed her mind about Sanaa. They are good friends now as a result. She went on to direct some great films such as “The Secret Life of Bees”, “Beyond the Lights” and “Disappearing Acts”. She has also directed several television shows.
Personal Quote: “On my set, people have to respect the actor’s process. I totally respect what actors do. I give them whatever time they need and I never scream out directions from the camera. I take the time to walk up to them and talk to them personally.” (from “Gina Prince-Bythewood’s Disappearing Acts” by Monice Mitchell, DGA Magazine, January 2001, 25:5, 51-53.)
Monica falls and skins her face. When Monica’s mother cleans her face, the washcloth is scrunched up in one shot, and folded nicely in the next shot.
Quincy was “the man” growing up and it continued to college until during his freshman year his whole world turned around. The one man he looked up to all of his life, his father, turned out to be a liar and a cheater. His father’s betrayal of his mother sparked the downfall of his life. Q stopped caring and his confidence level plummeted. He even went so far as to ruin his relationship with the love of his life, Monica. His need to control her actions reared its ugly head once again and he reacted in a very immature way. He decided to cheat on Monica, but that wasn’t enough, he wanted her to know so he scheduled a date with a girl on campus when he knew Monica would be at his dorm with him. According to Q. Monica forgot to be there for him. What was she supposed to do? She was a good girl who loved ball and wanted to be there, but had curfew. If she stayed with him to talk, she would not be able to play. Q went on to leave college early and was drafted to the NBA. He never made that big of a splash in the league and was traded to several different teams. If he would have followed his father’s advice, he could have been a star, but his anger would not allow him to do anything his father thought was right. Eventually he comes to his senses and after realizing Monica was the one for him, drops the little stewardess he was engaged to and marries Monica.
Coming to the floor a 6’2” guard from USC, #22- Quincy McCall played by the sexy Omar Epps.
Best Line: “If basketball is all you care about, why you bonin’ me? Why don’t you bone Dick Vital?”
Monica Wright is a no-nonsense type of girl. She don’t take no mess, as the saying goes. Her life is all about basketball, which causes a riff between her and her mother. A tomboy at heart, Monica would rather shoot a stupid jump up shot than bake a pie, according to her mom. In her teen years she was “always walking around with her head looking like who shot John”. (That’s an old school expression meaning she never combed her hair.) She finally gets the hair thing together after college, which is ironic because she spent most of those years in Spain playing ball. No black hair dressers in Spain I imagine. Anywho, Monica is head over heels for Q and finally has enough nerve to take their friendship to the next level after the spring dance. They date through their Freshman year in college at USC, but then Q pulls a typical guy move. Instead of talking to her, he decides to show her his anger by dating another girl right in her face. Monica is devastated, but we see her taking control of her life and excelling in professional basketball overseas. She finally returns home to claim her lost love in a game of one on one. At the end of the movie she has it all; the love of her life, a baby girl and a professional basketball career in the US.
Coming to the floor a 5’11” point guard from USC, #32- Monica Wright McCall played by Sanaa Lathan.
Best Line: “Um, she’s a ho because she’s sending her coochie through the mail! I mean, she’s not saying “You’re a nice guy, and I want to get to know you.” She’s saying, “I wanna bone!”