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a snappy, solid Adam Sandler sports drama

The best and worst of Adam Sandler can be found right now on Netflix, whose box office regularly opens him up to new stuff like Murder Mystery, The Meyerowitz Stories, and its transformative, much-hyped turn in Uncut Gems, all while giving an afterlife to it to dark acid flashbacks like Grown Ups and Big Daddy.

They know what they’re doing to him: the quality bar before and since Gems has skyrocketed. A decade ago, the prospect of Sandler attempting his own take on Jerry Maguire might have given me chills. But here we have Hustle – the story of one man’s struggle in the world of basketball scouting – which isn’t too bad.

LeBron James produced it, which explains the dozens of real NBA stars that show up here, playing either themselves or supporting characters. Co-starring is Juancho Hernangómez, a 6ft 9 for the Utah Jazz who plays a streetball phenom from Spain, Bo Cruz, whom Sandler’s unlucky Stanley Sugarman plucks out of the dark.

Such is Stanley’s faith in this one player that he’s quitting a longtime job with the Philadelphia 76ers, whose beloved owner (Robert Duvall) recently died and a prickly son (Ben Foster, who’s having a blast playing a legitimate jerk). ) leaves ) to fill his shoes. Bo fails to impress on his first try because a rival gets in his head. He needs to train that temper out of him as he is clearly world class in every aspect of his incredibly good blocking and shooting.

You don’t make a sports drama set in Philadelphia without calling Rocky at some point — watch several early-morning montages of Bo running up some stairs to get in shape. He’s a young dad supporting his own single mom, who has no idea how megabucks NBA careers are built and needs Stanley’s word that all those transplants will pay off. On the pitch, Bo blows regularly despite the raw potential that anyone can spot.

Sandler’s frantic attempts to call him “the Cruz Rocket” are right within the star’s self-deprecating comfort zone, as are the many comments about how chubby Stanley gets thanks to his standard hotel-room dinners sniffing KFC. There is warm support from Queen Latifah who is never unwelcome as his ever loving wife.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/films/0/hustle-review-snappy-solid-adam-sandler-sports-drama/ a snappy, solid Adam Sandler sports drama

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