Hustle

Hustle
Director
Jeremiah Zagar
Writer
Will Fetters, Taylor Materne
Actors
Adam Sandler, Juancho Hernangomez, Robert Duvall, Ben Foster, Queen Latifah, Jordan Hull, Anthony Edwards, María Botto, Ainhoa Pillet, Heidi Gardner, Kenny Smith, Jaleel White, Tobias Harris, Seth Curry, Tyrese Maxey, Matisse Thybulle, Abraham Vasquez, Raúl Castillo, James Goldstein, Boban Marjanović, Allen Iverson, Khris Middleton, Gina Jun, Julius Erving, Moritz Wagner, Rayford Young, Willy Hernangómez, Jordan Clarkson, Brad Stevens, Glenn 'Doc' Rivers, Jayson Tatum, Larry "Bone Collector" Williams, Grayson "The Professor" Boucher, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal, Mark Cuban
Runtime
1 h 58 min
Release Date
3 June 2022
Genres
Drama, Comedy
Overview
After discovering a once-in-a-lifetime player with a rocky past abroad, a down on his luck basketball scout takes it upon himself to bring the phenom to the States without his team's approval. Against the odds, they have one final shot to prove they have what it takes to make it in the NBA.
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HUSTLE

Hustle is a basketball drama that is enjoyable to watch even if you don’t know the names of the NBA players in the film, that is, if you are like me. There are sixty past and present players and owners listed in the credits as HIMSELF or HERSELF, so if you are a sports fan, Hustle is a fun, must-see film. Not familiar with any of the sixty players – it is still an excellent story of two underdogs trying to beat the odds, taking risks, and overcoming their issues. Hustle is the best drama I have seen this year.

Hustle basketball drama

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Most of Hustle happens in Philadelphia, so there are portions where you may compare it to the Rocky franchise. You know, rags-to-riches sports story, the first thing you think of is Rocky. But that is not why Hustle is in Philadelphia. The City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia 76ers figure prominently in the story because Philly is a great basketball town. “Best sports fans in the world, actually the worst, but that’s what makes ‘em the best,” is a line in the film. From training on the streets of Philadelphia, scrimmaging in various gyms, to the cheesesteaks and tee shirts (Federal Donuts must mean something in Philadelphia), Philly is part of the film. Also, the Philadelphia 76er organization is the main antagonist in the movie.

Adam Sandler plays Stanley Sugerman, a scout for the Philadelphia 76ers, looking for the next great phenom in Europe. He happens upon an unknown Bo Cruz (Juancho Hernangomez) in Spain playing basketball at night for bets after his construction job (a great scene). Without the 76ers approval, Stanley brings Bo back to the US to try to get him into the NBA with the help of his friend Leon (Kenny Smith). Obstacles ensue, including the co-owner of the 76ers, Vince Merrick (Ben Foster, Leave No Trace), training issues, the law –  and most devastating – the emotional issues. Queen Latifah does a great job as Stanley’s wife, Teresa Sugerman. I guess she is needed to show Stanley’s misfortunes.

Hustle basketball drama

Anthony Edwards as Kermit Wilts getting into Bo Cruz’s (Juancho Hernangomez) head during a scrimmage. © 2022 SpringHill Entertainment − All right reserved.

Adam Sandler continues to amaze me as he excels once again in a dramatic role, as he did previously in Uncut Gems and The Meyerowitz Stories. I’m not sure what is needed for Sandler to be nominated by the Academy for his acting. Juancho Hernangomez as Bo Cruz is a 6’9” player with the Utah Jazz, and this is his first acting gig. Juancho’s acting is spot on. He does not overact; he is sincere and restrained, which is perfect for the role. The NBA athletes come off as cool as hell; due to a lot of work by the film editors.

Hustle is an enjoyable basketball drama that requires no interest in sports. The film is a touching human story with great acting, an exciting script, and perfect editing.

Hustle basketball drama

Queen Latifah and Adam Sandler

Movie Details

Director
Jeremiah Zagar
Writer
Will Fetters, Taylor Materne
Actors
Adam Sandler, Juancho Hernangomez, Robert Duvall, Ben Foster, Queen Latifah, Jordan Hull, Anthony Edwards, María Botto, Ainhoa Pillet, Heidi Gardner, Kenny Smith, Jaleel White, Tobias Harris, Seth Curry, Tyrese Maxey, Matisse Thybulle, Abraham Vasquez, Raúl Castillo, James Goldstein, Boban Marjanović, Allen Iverson, Khris Middleton, Gina Jun, Julius Erving, Moritz Wagner, Rayford Young, Willy Hernangómez, Jordan Clarkson, Brad Stevens, Glenn 'Doc' Rivers, Jayson Tatum, Larry "Bone Collector" Williams, Grayson "The Professor" Boucher, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal, Mark Cuban
Runtime
1 h 58 min
Release Date
3 June 2022
Genres
Drama, Comedy
Overview
After discovering a once-in-a-lifetime player with a rocky past abroad, a down on his luck basketball scout takes it upon himself to bring the phenom to the States without his team's approval. Against the odds, they have one final shot to prove they have what it takes to make it in the NBA.

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