After a down-on-his-luck basketball scout discovers an extraordinary player abroad, he brings the phenom back without his team's approval
Adam Sandler plays as Stanley, a top NBA talent scout for the 76er's who is down on his luck following a string of unfortunate events. As chance would have it, Stanley finds a diamond in the rough with an amateur basketball player from Spain named Bo Cruz, played by Juancho Hernangomez. Sandler once again proves his dramatic acting chops in Hustle, a new, Netflix sports drama that might just be the most enjoyable basketball movie that I have ever watched. Hustle is filled to the brim with cameos from some of the greatest names in the sport, but the highly entertaining film would stand tall even without all of the familiar faces. It is obvious that a lot of love and care for the game went into Hustle which is produced by Sandler who is a fanatic of the game, and Lebron James who needs no introduction. The struggle is real for Bo who has never played beyond the amateur level despite his love for the game, and this is shown in a way that feels believable to anyone who even remotely comprehends the extremely difficult path that must bet taken in order to reach the pros. Bo is knocked down time and time again before finally finding his redemption, and it was refreshing (albeit nerve wracking) to not know if Bo would truly make it. I know, I know, the good guy always get his in the end, right? That is why Hustle is such a great sports movie, the sense that Bo may not actually attain his dream. Each roadblock faced felt like a genuine occurrence that is seen in everyday sports, while each successful turn for Bo felt the same. Hustle is a great movie and I look forward to watching it again.