Hustle Movie Review – Best Movie Review

Hustle Movie Review: Adam Sandler is, without a doubt, the most basketball-related movie star alive today. In his stand-up days, he had a terrific joke about Wilt Chamberlain scoring 100 points in one game, demonstrating his passion for the game. Who can forget the iconic Lakers game scene from “Jack and Jill” from 2011? Okay, perhaps not. But what about his incredible performance in 2019’s ultra-stressful “Uncut Gems” as a degenerate gambler obsessed with “this is how I win” betting on NBA games and players?

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Sandler returns to the boards in his latest Netflix film, “Hustle,” and the boards are all over the world in the first few minutes. Stanley Sugarman is a talent scout for the Philadelphia 76ers. He’s on and off planes, in and out of hotels, keeping an eye on residents across the United States and Europe. In a Zoom conversation, his wife, Teresa (Queen Latifah), tells him, “You’re killing yourself.” He says cynically, “That’s the idea.”

In Sandler’s controlled, low-key portrayal of Stanley, his feeling horrible about himself is more subtext than text. Stanley forcefully advises team owner Rex Merrick (Robert Duvall) against signing a German player during a meeting. Vince, Rex’s son (Ben Foster, bearded and head shaved, showing a great lack of vanity as he looks appropriately silly), wants the guy, and Stanley refuses. Before giving Stanley the desired assistant coach post, Rex discovers this.

The job isn’t going to last long. Rex dies, Vince takes over, and the twerp demotes Stanley, telling him that if he returns to the road and discovers a missing piece, he can reclaim his coaching position.

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Stanley is entertained by an old acquaintance in Mallorca, Spain, who wants him to become an agent. No way, Stanley says. He’d like to reclaim his position as an assistant coach. Are you clinging to a fantasy? He claims that “guys in their fifties don’t have dreams.” “They have eczema and nightmares.” Nonetheless.

He meets a local player who has the goods in Spain. Bo Cruz (Juancho Hernangomez, a real-life player currently with the Utah Jazz), a tall drink of water with a lot of raw talent, a little of a temper, and, as we’ll learn later, a rap sheet, is a tall drink of water with a lot of raw talent, a bit of a temper, and, as we’ll discover later, a rap sheet. Despite Vince’s opposition, Stanley transports the player to the United States, and the player soon becomes self-employed.

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At this point, Jeremiah Zagar’s film transforms into a reimagining of “Rocky,” presented from the perspective of coach Mickey Goldmill (Burgess Meredith). He works at sanding down Bo’s rough edges, doing stair runs in the wilds of South Philly, and teaching Bo how to handle trash talk, which proves to be a rather persistent issue. He puts his family’s life on the line—fortunately, his wife and teen daughter believe in him—and he works at sanding down Bo’s rough edges, doing stair runs in the wilds of South Philly, and teaching Bo how to handle trash talk, which proves to be Stanley even screams, “Yeah, Rocky!” after Bo meets a certain goal.

Just when Bo is about to show the basketball world what he’s got, Bo and Stanley find themselves on the receiving end of a cruel betrayal. This may be described as a process film with twists—and, of course, a happy ending. The solution to one of Bo’s difficulties is extremely 21st century, paired with the power to arrange all-star cameos—daughter Stanley’s Alex, who is interested in going to film school, concocts a viral video showing Bo in action, which is introduced by Julius “Dr. J.” Irving himself.

If “Hustle” uses a lot of sports movie cliches, it does so in a light-hearted manner. And it has a delicate and understanding sense of atmosphere and representation of Stanley’s environment. But be warned: this film is primarily about basketball. You might be perplexed if you aren’t a fan. The film has a nearly two-hour runtime, and let me tell you, the list of NBA players and celebrities who appear as themselves or in character roles towards the end of the film is impressive.

For a brief moment, I thought Jordan Hull, who portrays Stanley and Teresa’s cunning daughter, was a WNBA star. She’s not one of them. Jordan Hulls, on the other hand, is a professional basketball player in Germany. Just so you’re aware.

Available on Netflix tomorrow, June 8.

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