First Glance: “Hustle”

I hate to say it, but I’ve reached the point where whenever I hear “Adam Sandler” and “new movie” together I brace myself for the worst. It’s a reaction I think the always likable actor has earned. I can’t remember his last movie that I really liked (yes, that includes “Uncut Gems”). But his lucrative deals with Netflix has ensured that we still get a new Sandler movie nearly every year. This year it’s “Hustle”, a sports drama that sees Sandler shedding his signature goofiness for a more serious story.

Directed by Jeremiah Zagar, “Hustle” has Sandler playing a washed-up basketball scout attempting to revive his career by bringing a talented overseas player with a sketchy past to play in the NBA. The movie also features Queen Latifah, Ben Foster, and Robert Duvall. But then you have the shameless list of basketball cameos that have become a staple in movies like this. It’s a lazy recipe and hopefully one the movie doesn’t milk too much. Either way, it’s hard for me to get excited for a movie that looks too similar to countless other sports movies of its kind.

“Hustle” premieres June 10th on Netflix. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

11 thoughts on “First Glance: “Hustle”

  1. I’ve been the exact same way with most recent Sandler films from memory. Brace for the worst, hope for the best and see how it turns out. This trailer has me intrigued. Moreso than any other release I have seen the Sandler stamp on.

  2. Looks decent. Still need to watch Uncut Gems but I have Good Times set to watch for my Cannes marathon this year (which will not feature an official line-up as I’m going to do some improvising this year).

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