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Love Jones (1997)



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What do you do after love at first sight? That's the question posed in this romantic comedy-drama set in Chicago. Darius Lovehall (Larenz Tate) is a novelist who is giving a reading at the Sanctuary, an upscale club presenting jazz and poetry to a bohemian clientele. Shortly before his set, he meets Nina Mosley (Nia Long), a woman who is a gifted photographer, despite the fact that she just lost her job. They exchange small talk, and Darius makes his interest clear when -- on the spot -- he retitles a love poem "A Blues For Nina." A mutual attraction is sparked between them; soon Darius finds Nina's address on a check and shows up unannounced at her apartment, a visit resulting in a photo session that turns seriously sexy. So far, so good, but neither Darius or Nina are sure where to go next after this promising start. She's just gotten out of a relationship and isn't sure if she still cares for her old boyfriend or not, while Darius' buddies read him the riot act for wanting to give up his freedom so early on in the game. Love Jones was the debut feature for African-American writer and director Theodore Witcher; Isaiah Washington, Bill Bellamy, and Lisa Nicole Carson lead the supporting cast. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Larenz Tate
as Darius Lovehall
Nia Long
as Nina Mosley
Isaiah Washington
as Savon Garrison
Lisa Nicole Carson
as Josie Nichols
Khalil Kain
as Marvin Cox
Leonard Roberts
as Eddie Coles
Bernadette L. Clarke
as Sheila Downes
Bill Bellamy
as Hollywood
Cerall Duncan
as Troy Garrison
David Nisbet
as Publisher
Simon James
as Roger Lievsey
Oona Hart
as Model
Jaqueline Fleming
as Lisa Martin
Manao Demuth
as Nina's Assistant
Kahil El Zabar
as Percussionist
Darryl Jones
as Bassist
Teodross Avery
as Saxophonist
Benjamin LeVert
as Savon's Son
John M. Watson Sr.
as Tiki Room Bartender
William E. Yancey
as Sanctuary Bartender
Ernest Perry Jr.
as Male Model
Helena Echegoyen
as Woman on Train
Malik Yosef
as Himself
Troy Borisy
as Taxi Driver
Michelle Poole
as Kissing Woman
Kevin Bell
as Kissing Man
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Critic Reviews for Love Jones

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (5)

...even when the plot sags, the erotic moodiness of Love Jones remains fresh.

December 17, 2008 | Rating: B-

It is also frankly romantic and erotic and smart. This is the first movie in a while where the guy quotes Mozart, and the girl tells him he's really thinking of Shaw.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The two leads click throughout in a movie that's just good enough to engender curiosity over filmmaker Witcher's follow-up effort.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4
Top Critic

Larenz Tate, who played a homicidal in Menace II Spciety and haunted Vietnam vet in Dead Presidents, became an important transitional figure in the new black middle-class cinema, beginning this film, in which he's cast as a sophisticated and urbane man

January 24, 2007 | Rating: B | Full Review…

An uncommonly smart and insightful look at relationships while delivering the requisite laughs and romantic heat.

September 18, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

love jones strives to be smart and sophisticated, which isn't exactly the same thing as intelligent ...

January 23, 2003 | Rating: C-

Audience Reviews for Love Jones


A movie that you feel, and with characters you grow to really care for. I understand why this has developed a cult following. It's kind of a '90s gem.

Jared H
Jared H

Super Reviewer

Acceptable comedy that probably received good reviews for being an earnest effort by a first time director. Where did that director go by the way?

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Get Together. Fall Apart. Start Over.

Wahida K
Wahida K

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