Hustle is an American sports drama movie coming out in 2022. It was written by Taylor Materne and Will Fetters and directed by Jeremiah Zagar. Adam Sandler plays an NBA scout who finds Juancho Hernández, a raw but talented player in Spain, and tries to get him ready for the NBA draught.
Anthony Edwards, who plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves now, plays the main bad guy, Kermit Wilts. Queen Latifah, Ben Foster, Robert Duvall, and Heidi Gardner also star, and LeBron James is the producer through his SpringHill Company.
Adam Sandler Is Back!
Adam Sandler might be the movie star with the most ties to basketball. When he was doing stand-up, he had a great joke about Wilt Chamberlain scoring 100 points in one game, which showed how much he loved the game. Who could forget the unforgettable Lakers game scene in “Jack and Jill,” which came out in 2011?
Okay, maybe not. But what about his amazing performance as a shady gambler who is obsessed with betting on NBA games and players because “this is how I win”? He says this over and over again in 2019’s very stressful “Uncut Gems.”
Sandler is back on the boards in his new Netflix movie, “Hustle.” In the first few minutes of the movie, the boards are all over the world. Stanley Sugarman is a talent scout for the Philadelphia 76ers, and Sandler plays him in the movie. He goes on and off planes and stays in and out of hotels to watch people in the U.S. and Europe.
Read It: Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2
He eats badly. On a Zoom call, his wife Teresa (Queen Latifah) tells him, “You’re killing yourself.” “That’s the point,” he says with a wry smile.
In Sandler’s disciplined, low-key portrayal, Stanley’s feeling bad about himself is more implied than stated. At a meeting with the team owner, Rex Merrick (Robert Duvall), Stanley strongly urges Merrick not to sign a German player.
The job doesn’t work out. Rex dies, Vince takes over, and the twerp demotes Stanley and tells him he can get the coaching job back if he goes back on the road and finds a missing piece.
Stanley is having a good time in Mallorca, Spain, with an old friend who wants him to become an agent. No way says Stanley. He wants that job back as an assistant coach.
Trying to hold on to a dream? He says, “Guys in their 50s don’t have dreams.” Vince doesn’t want the player to come to the U.S., but Stanley brings him there anyway, and Vince is soon freelancing.
At this point, the movie, which was directed by Jeremiah Zagar, becomes like “Rocky” if it had been told from coach Mickey Goldmill’s point of view (Burgess Meredith).
Putting his family’s life at risk—luckily, his wife and teenage daughter believe in him—he works to smooth out Bo’s rough spots by doing stair runs in the wilds of South Philly and teaching Bo how to deal with trash talk, which turns out to be a very persistent problem. Stanley even says “Yeah, Rocky!” when Bo reaches a certain goal.
Bo and Stanley are hurt by a mean-spirited betrayal right before Bo is about to show the basketball world what he can do. This could be called a process movie with twists and, of course, a happy ending. One of Bo’s problems is solved in a way that is very 21st century and also gives him the power to book all-star cameos: Stanley’s daughter Alex, who wants to go to film school, makes a viral video of Bo in action, and Julius “Dr. J.” Irving introduces it.
“Hustle” uses a lot of sports movie tropes, but it does so in a light-hearted way. And the way it sets the scene and shows Stanley’s world is sensitive and smart. But you should know that this movie is ALL about basketball. If you aren’t a fan, you might not know what to do.
The movie lasts for almost two hours, and there are a lot of NBA players and other famous people who show up at the end, either as themselves or as characters.
I thought for a minute that Jordan Hull, who plays Stanley and Teresa’s clever daughter, was herself a WNBA player. She doesn’t. But a guy named Jordan Hulls is a pro basketball player in Germany at the moment. So you’ll know.
Queen Latifah plays Stanley Sugerman’s wife, Teresa. Adam Sandler plays Stanley Sugerman, a scout and coach for the 76ers. Ben Foster plays Rex Merrick’s son, Vince Merrick, who is also a co-owner of the 76ers. Juancho Hernández plays Bo Cruz, a Spanish basketball player Stanley recruits, and many other actors are also in the movie.
Netf lix Trailer
Hustle Release Date
Hustle will come out on June 8, 2022, which is a Wednesday.
Where can you watch Hustle on demand?
On June 3, Hustle will be shown in some theatres, and on June 8, it will be on Netflix. If you don’t have Netflix, you can sign up for their $9.99 Basic, $15.99 Standard, or $19.99 Premium plans.