“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.


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