“A washed-up basketball scout discovers a phenomenal street ball player while in Spain and sees the prospect as his opportunity to get back into the NBA.”

Director: Jeremiah Zagar
Writers: Will Fetters, Taylor Materne
Staring: Adam Sandler, Ben Foster, Robert Duvall, Juancho Hernangomez, Queen Latifah, Plenty Of Other NBA Players
Release Date: June 8, 2022

What we have here is Adam Sandler getting to live out a dream he has wanted to for a long time. Adam Sandler playing a pivotal role in a basketball centric movie with basketball movie stars. Have to wonder if Hustle (2022) is the trade off for Sandler in his deal with Netflix after making movies like The Ridiculous 6 (2015) and Hubie Halloween (2020).

Regardless, whether this be a project that Sandler brought to the studio or the studio brought to Sandler, Hustle is going to garner a lot of eyes with its premise, cast and demographic spanning interest.

Stanley Beren (Adam Sandler) is a basketball junkie and has been his whole life. He has dedicated his life to the game as a scout, but success and consistency are aspects of life Beren has not been able to find. The worries of being washed up begin to wring away when Beren sees a street ball player by the name of Bo Cruz (Juancho Hernangomez). Beren thinks he has what it takes to reach the NBA, and Hustle follows the story of Bo and Bren working through the hardships to reach the pinnacle of basketball…also know as the NBA.

If there is one man who can get the best out of NBA players on the screen, it is Adam Sandler. He has worked with Shaq before, and Kevin Garnett looked more competent on screen in Uncut Gems (2019) than anyone anticipated. Now Sandler is going to the next level with multiple NBA players on the screen. Hernangomez is playing the swing role as the Spanish talent prospect. Seth Curry is credited, and Boban Marjanovic is expanding his screen time following John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019) and all the commercials he is in. Anthony Edwards, who one can argue is the next big super star of the NBA, gets the most face time in the trailer as the on-court foil to Hernangomez’s character.

We can have questions about Hustle‘s story, but it is hard to doubt the realistic nature of basketball that we are going to see on the screen. I imagine there are not going to be a lot of awkward cuts to make the performers look plausible with a ball in their hand. Hustle may come down to director Jeremiah Zagar and Adam Sandler’s ability to communicate and teach with the NBA players. This is going to be a big test for Zagar, being that it is only his full length motion picture. His first was We The Animals (2018) and it got uplifting reviews for being a downtrodden story.

Hustle comes out on Netflix on June 8, 2022. Rather smart timing with that most likely being during the NBA finals. We are going to see a massive marketing push for it.


“Stanko’s Stance” Podcast Feed (Apple)
“Stanko’s Stance” Podcast Feed (Spotify)

Stanko Excel Lists | Movies, Books, Podcasts. TV Shows
Stanko Letterdbox Account


Weird Ass Dream – But Possible Cool Movie Scene Idea

This is going to be weird. My girlfriend woke me up at like 3 AM while I was talking in my sleep. I guess I was. I don’t remember talking. What I do remember is what I was dreaming about, and it was very strange. I am at my old home. The home that my […]

Reflection On “The Big Picture” 2009 Movie Draft

Looking at this reflection of “The Big Picture” 2009 Movie Draft, I have 83 movies that were released that year. It is a little bit below the median line that I set come the turn of the decade, but I still have some movies to look at and choose from. We are heading into my […]

“2010: The Year We Make Contact” | Enough Flare To Grab Attention, But Not Enough To Sustain It

“A joint USA-Soviet expedition is sent to Jupiter to learn exactly what happened to the “Discovery” and its H.A.L. 9000 computer.” Director: Peter HyamsWriters: Arthur C. Clarke, Peter HyamsStaring: Roy Scheider, John Lithgow, Helen Mirren, Douglas RainRelease Date: December 7, 1984 We return to the great unknown. 2010: The Year We Made Contact (1984) is […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s