Hustle is the Rocky of Basketball films.
Adam Sandler’s latest film for Netflix is Hustle. It is an outlier compared to his other movies that have been made strictly for Netflix. Hustle is a rated R drama that immerses you in the NBA’s competitive and dog-eat-dog world. This sports drama stars Utah Jazz player Juancho Hernangómez and features Queen Latifah, Robert Duvall, Ben Foster, and Kenny Smith.
After discovering a once-in-a-lifetime player with a rocky past abroad, a down on his luck basketball scout (Adam Sandler) 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.
Hustle is a film that will remind moviegoers that Adam Sandler’s peak performances are when he stars in a drama. If you are not a fan of his comedic performances, I highly recommend giving his more serious roles, such as Uncut Gems. I originally had reservations about this film about an NBA prospect. I thought it would be a cheap and corny story, but I was wrong. Hustle has so much heart. It is filled with emotion, thanks to Sandler and NBA player Juancho Hernangomez who plays Bo Cruz. This film is a love letter to basketball. It also shines a bright light on Philadelphia, the film’s backdrop. In addition, the camera work is awe-inspiring during many of the montage and action shots. Hustle will have you laughing several times despite being a sports drama and will keep you highly entertained.
I give Hustle 4 out of 5 stars. It is one the top performance from Adam Sander and his is ninth Netflix starring role. It will debut on Netflix on Wednesday, June 8th.