There is a subject that is the common interest of the main characters in each of these movies. While neither may specifically pertain to most of the viewing audience, there is a little something in both that we can see in ourselves as well.
While Love & Basketball‘s title gives away what the movie is about; the movie is about the evolution of the lovers growing up together. In this film we saw them as kids, their teenage puppy love, falling out with the college sweetheart, and in their case getting it together and living happily ever after in the end. We’ve all practically been there even if some are still waiting for their happy ending.
Brown Sugar starts with Sid and Dre as kids in the Bronx checking out the local cyphers and then fast forwards to the future. This one is more about actually being an adult and making right decisions at the right time. They needed to know what didn’t work for them in order to know what they actually needed had been in front of them the whole time and everyone knew it. They were being stupid; yet I have dated writers and people who work in music and the romantic life is that dramatic.
To me personally Brown Sugar wins; but Love & Basketball in the court (no pun/wordplay intended) of popular opinion.