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Remember when you first saw 'Love & Basketball'? We look back on the nostalgia and the lessons on love and life from the film. Monica's love for basketball and competition definitely keep a sense That is why her and Quincy's relationship is so unique. He becomes very vulnerable and sensitive because he feels like every thing he has been trying to live up to is a lie. She doesn't want to sit at home all day and then cater to her. I can tell you with certainty that it is just as good as you remember it. Smart, funny, and beautifully shot, "Love & Basketball" has a top spot in my The characters are incredibly well-written and I don't want to be Each relationship is crafted with care and given time to develop in a way that feels natural.
She is the type that likes actions and words to feel confident. For example, Quincy showing up to her game is something that means more to her than him spending time with her afterward. He is strong, athletic, and seems to be a dominant man in every relationship. The only thing that separates him from the typical male behavior is his sensitivity.
This sparks from his relationship with his dad. He is constantly trying to prove himself and be just like his father. He becomes very vulnerable and sensitive because he feels like every thing he has been trying to live up to is a lie. His love language is more feminine than you would expect from a man. He is the type that needs constant attention to feel loved. He is the type that needs someone there to just be around and support him.
I think their gender identities are very compatible because what they lack in their personalities they seem to find in each other. I think that this movie just confirms the old phrase that opposites do attract. Monica and Quincy may not be polar opposites because of their interests, but if you compare personalities, they are quite different from each other.
For the most part, gender roles are presented pretty accurately in this movie. The women are the subordinates who stay home to take care of the children, keep up the house, and make dinner for their husbands when they get home. The men are the primary breadwinners and are shown to be dominant and in control. In North American society, women are expected to get married and start a family and take that on as their job.
In the past few decades that has changed a little bit as women have risen up as competitors in the workplace. These expectations are what drive Monica to be the way she is. This is strange because they go from never touching, hugging, or cuddling to having the most intimate physical contact possible. I guess this works out for them, because it is after all a movie, but in real life having a successful relationship includes being physical. Not necessarily being attached at the hip or constantly cuddly, but feeling comfortable being close to someone.
If I am not comfortable being close to someone or doing those subtle touching gestures such as holding hands or putting my hands on his chest, etc, then I am definitely not ready to have that sexual encounter. I think I speak for a lot of people when I say that, not many people can just jump into physical things like that without any precursors. It is revealed throughout the film that this is a decision that all women must go through.
Monica realizes that she must make the same decision, but she is resisting this notion. Another example is Laurie in The Searchers. Throughout the film, there are connotations of the Western stereotypes about females in sports. Participation in sports is often characterized by what is culturally perceived as masculine and male characteristics such as strength and aggression.
Female athletes have a major dilemma because they are forced to succeed in their sport while at the same time balancing a sense of femininity Paloian.
This is the battle that the character Monica has to deal with throughout the movie. At the beginning it would seem that the real title of the movie should be Love or Basketball. However, in the end Monica is able to find this balance and gets both love and basketball. I guess one could suggest that I found my balance like Monica did. I am able to wear and dress and heels and some Jordans and shorts and feel comfortable in both. The typical gender roles are a bunch of stereotypical bullshit that need to be destroyed.
It should be possible to fit into whatever role that you choose to as long as you are comfortable in being yourself. Works Cited Paloian, Andrea. Managing Traditional Views of Masculinity and Femininity.
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I read Marion Jones [for an audition on tape], you know, before the controversy. There was a pretty strenuous, I would say, debate about who should play Monica. Sanaa had improved, but not completely.
I was very fortunate because, at the time, I had a spiritual mentor person, and I was talking to her about some personal relationship stuff that I was going through in my life. When I talked to him and met with him, he looked at the script and loved the character. He said he could play ball and then I also put him with a trainer, the assistant coach at UCLA at the time. He trained with him for a couple months prior, as well. Omar Epps as Quincy McCall. Because I had done a couple of sports movies at the time, I kind of had to swallow that one.
I was just athletic. I was more of football guy, but played basketball in the park just like anybody else. I thought Omar was fantastic and Sanaa was truly spectacular. So I do think if New Line, myself and De Luca and [executive producer] Cynthia Guidry did one thing right, it was making the argument for Sanaa being in that role.
And she obviously trained like a demon to get herself good enough at basketball so that it was played believably. In addition to Monica and Quincy were Quincy's father Zeke McCall, a professional basketball player himself who cheats on Quincy's mother, and Shawnee Easton, another girl at high school fighting for Quincy's attention.
Both characters became just as memorable. Dennis Haysbert, actor Zeke McCall: I think it was not only an interesting role to play, but also a role that needed to be played with regards to fathers and sons and husband and wives I really loved the script. Gabrielle Union, actress Shawnee Easton: As an athlete my whole life, a point guard my whole life, I thought this was a dream role, but I had very little acting experience.
It really was the cheerleader versus the athlete. I know when I was in high school, it was just a dynamic. They still do represent an ideal woman.
I loved to put out in the world that Quincy chose the athletic girl over the cheerleader, even though the cheerleader was throwing everything she had at him. That was just dope to me. She was dating, Epps, her would-be co-star and romantic interest.
A fact both decided to keep from Prince-Bythewood until the roles were cast. She had asked and we said no. She had asked and we said no Once I got the part, there was still a lot of basketball training to do, so we would do our training together.
I just wanted her to be judged on the merit of her talent and I thought that if that was out in the process when they were auditioning her, that could possibly work against her. But I knew she had the chops and the main thing was could she pull off the basketball. Lathan, Epps and Prince-Bythewood filming on set. Once we started shooting [Gina found out] I think that once she saw the dailies, it was so clear that chemistry was not an issue We tried USC and they said yes pretty quickly and were so open and gave us the run of that campus and let us use their name.
Very, very blessed and grateful to them. So that sticks out. I still remember that so many years later. And the crowd was a real crowd. I just knew that if she sucked, that crowd was going to give it to her. And I know she was nervous, but she stepped up.
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She got on the court and all that training, all the work that she put in was all there. It became one of those lines that is repeated often, and I remember feeling very intimidated and nervous and green and lucky that I was even allowed to the party. All the people in college, some of them I played ball with, were all real ball players, who played in college or overseas. So there was a great camaraderie. They really became a team and they really pulled Sanaa into that. So to see that was a beautiful thing, being so supportive and wanting her to do well because they knew she would reflect them.
Lathan and some of her "USC teammates. That becomes taxing after a few hours and then going to lunch and then getting right back at it. Even Prince-Bythewood stepped onto the court for a cameo Prince-Bythewood: My thing was to dive on the floor for the ball against Sanaa. It took 13 takes because I kept beating Sanaa to the ball. And I could not not get the ball, so my knees were jacked by the end of that day. Of course, while filming a basketball movie, with tons of professional basketball consultants and players, what are you going to do, but play even more basketball?
Oh yeah [we played pick up games]. We just had a great deal of fun and nothing was serious. We were cognizant about the health and well-being of everybody on the film, nothing got crazy, but we had our little pick up games and everything else.
Omar and I used to play as a team against the guys. Yeah, I remember doing that a few times. Even though they were pick up games. They threw me into them all the time, that was part of my training. But I never picked up another basketball after that. Because it was such a traumatic, emotional experience the whole auditioning process, like it really was.