Film Series: Love & Basketball

2000. USA. Dir: Gina Prince-Bythewood. With Sanaa Lathan, Omar Epps. 124 min.

 

“Aw man, he is a girl!” Young basketball virtuoso Monica won’t let social convention get in the way of donning Magic Johnson’s #32 – let alone a clash with the brash neighborhood boys. Subjecting fragile first love to the exuberant fray of basketball, Prince-Bythewood sidesteps potential soppiness with credible attitude and deeply felt female empathy.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / $5