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Hustle Movie 2022 Review, Release Date, Trailer, Cast: Dormant basketball scout Stanley Beren (Adam Sandler) meets a basketball protégé in Spain and decides to bring him on his team back in the US, in order to find his way back into the NBA.
Adam Sandler is undoubtedly the most associated movie star today who plays basketball. His love for the game was evident during his standup days. He had that great story about Wilt Chamberlain scoring 100 in one game. The iconic Lakers game scene from 2011’s “Jack and Jill” is a must-see. What about his incredible turn as a degenerate gambler obsessed with “this is how you win” betting on NBA games? And players in 2019’s highly-stressful “Uncut Gems?”
Sandler is back on the boards in his Netflix movie “Hustle”, and it’s all over the globe within its first minutes. Sandler portrays Stanley Sugarman, a talent scout at the Philadelphia 76ers. He travels to and fro between planes, in and out hotels, and watches locals in the US and Europe. On a Zoom call, Teresa (Queen Latifah), his wife, says to him that he eats poorly. He responds wryly, “That’s it,”
In Sandler’s low-key, disciplined portrayal of Stanley feeling sorry for himself, it is more subtext than actual text. Stanley insists on not signing a German-born player during a meeting with Rex Merrick (Robert Duvall). Rex’s son Vince, a bearded, head-shaven Ben Foster who looks appropriately absurd, wants Stanley to sign the player. Rex is aware of this and offers Stanley the coveted assistant coaching job.
The gig does not last. Rex dies, Vince takes his place, and Stanley is demoted by the twerp. He tells Stanley that if he finds the missing piece, he will get the coaching job back.
Stanley, a friend from high school, is being entertained in Mallorca, Spain by an agent. Stanley says no. Stanley wants the assistant coach job back. Do you hold on to your dream? He says, “Guys in their fifties do not have dreams.” They have nightmares and eczema. Yet. He sees a Spanish player who has the talent. Bo Cruz (Juancho Hernangomez is a real-life player with the Utah Jazz), is a tall drink of water, with a lot raw talent, a temper and, as we later learn, a rap record. Despite Vince’s resistance, Stanley takes the player to the States and soon becomes a freelancer.
The movieHustle Movie 2022 is now directed by Jeremiah Zagar and would have been called “Rocky”, if it had been told through the eyes of coach Mickey Goldmill (Burgess Meredith). He puts his family’s lives on the line, but his wife and teenage daughter trust him. He works to sand down Bo’s rough edges and does stair runs in South Philly. And teaches Bo how to deal with trash talk, which is a persistent problem. Stanley exclaims, “Yeah Rocky!” when Bo has reached a goal.
Stanley and Bo are both the victims of a betrayal, just as Bo is about to prove the world his skills. This is a process film with twists and a happy ending. Bo’s problem is solved in the 21st century. Alex Stanley, her daughter, has the power to book star cameos. Alex plans to study film school and makes viral video of Bo, as presented by Julius “Dr. J. Irving.
Although “Hustle,” like many sports movies, uses a lot of clichés but does so with a light touch. Its sense of atmosphere and portrayion of Stanley’s environment is sensitive and knowledgeable. But, be aware: This movie is very basketball-oriented. You might feel lost if you aren’t a basketball fan. It runs for almost two hours and, let’s be honest, there are a lot of NBA stars and luminaries that appear in the movie as themselves or in roles. I wondered for a moment if Jordan Hull (the role of Stanley’s daughter and Teresa’s witty son) was a WNBA player. She’s not. Jordan Hulls, however, is a German pro basketball player. This is just for you.
Watch the Trailer for Hustle Movie 2022
Netflix released the official trailer on May 10th, 2022. The trailer introduces us to Stanley Sugarman, a scout for the 76ers. He’s been in the league for 30 years but still feels like nothing. Sugarman wants to coach someday, and he travels to different places such as Nigeria, China, Greece, and Germany looking for a talented player who will help him get back in the game. He finally finds what he’s looking for when he gets to Spain. He meets street basketball player, Bo Cruz and convinces Cruz to follow him back to Philly, where he intends to change Cruz’s world overnight. Sugarman plans to fine-tune Cruz’s raw talent into NBA material but is met with challenges and reality checks at every turn. Will Sugarman succeed with Cruz, or will his career take a bigger hit than it did before? We can only find out when the movie premieres.
- Release Date: 8 June 2022
- Language: English
- Genre: Drama, Sport
- Duration: 1h 25min
Adam Sandler, Queen Latifah, Ben Foster, Robert Duvall, Juancho Hernangómez, Jordan Hull, María Botto, Ainhoa Pillet, Kenny Smith, Silas Graham, Lenjo Kilo, Marcus Delpeche, Malcolm Delpeche, JoJo SiwaNBA players Anthony Edwardsmore…
Taylor Materne, Will Fetters
- Cinematography: Zak Mulligan
- Music: Dan Deacon
LeBron James, Adam Sandler
Madison 23 Productions, SpringHill Entertainment, Roth/Kirschenbaum Films
- Certificate: 16+
- Composer: Dan Deacon
- Editor: Tom Costain, Brian M. Robinson