It stars Larenz Tate, Nia Long, Isaiah Washington, Bill Bellamy, and Lisa Nicole Carson.Two of the poems recited by Nia Long's character, Nina, were written by Sonia Sanchez and are included in her book Like the Singing Coming Off the Drums: Love Poems.See full summary » Darius Lovehall is a young black poet in Chicago who starts dating Nina Moseley, a beautiful and talented photographer.
After an opening montage of great black and white Chicago scenes (Nina's photographs, we learn), they Meet Cute at the Sanctuary, a club inspired by the various venues around town for poetry slams, cool jazz and upscale dating. There's a sensuous scene where they go to her place, and she loads her camera and tells him to strip, and shoots him while he's teasing her.
His moves are smooth: He meets her, walks to the mike, and retitles his poem "A Blues for Nina,'' reading it to her across the smoky room. "Maybe next week you'll write something for me,'' he says. This nicely turns the gender tables on the famous "Blow Up" scene where the photographer made love through his camera.
I just think it shows realistically what romance and especially black romance is all about.
Love Jones is a 1997 American romantic drama film written and directed by Theodore Witcher, in his feature film debut.
Darius starts seeing another woman, she starts dating his best friend, and a completely avoidable misunderstanding develops. When movie characters inspire my affection, so that I want them to stay together when they don't, that shows the movie's working.