If you want something bad enough and are willing to put the work in to achieve it, typically good things happen. This is a lesson in life and one that many sports movies use to wrap around their plot. It shows people that hard work and dedication are two powerful tools that everyone has at their disposal but it’s the ones that choose to use these tools, that normally find success. The new Adam Sandler movie on Netflix called Hustle, reflects this life lesson and more. It hasn’t been out for too long but already has become beloved by fans of Sandler.
It’s a movie that I highly recommend and suggest every person watches at least once. No matter if you are a sports fan or not, this movie gives you a glimpse into the hard work put in to become great. It can be attributed to whatever profession you want but, in this case, it’s basketball. It’s no secret that Sandler loves the game of basketball, and it really shows throughout the movie. It’s a more serious approach to storytelling for Sandler but also one that has a story about hope. Hope that if you have a dream, you need to go after it.
Without giving too much away, the movie follows the story of Stanley Sugarman, who is a talent scout for the Philadelphia 76ers. Sugarman, who is portrayed by Sandler in the film, really wants to coach and is promised that if he finds the “next big thing”, he can get a spot on the bench. After searching far and wide, Sugarman lands in Spain, where he finds Bo Cruz, portrayed by Juancho Herangomez. Cruz has all the talent in the world, but nobody knows who he is and Sugarman becomes enamored with his game.
The story is about the struggle and triumph of Cruz and how the two men find each other. The friendship between the two characters is genuine and their relationship becomes less and less selfless as the movie goes on. Often times in a movie such as this, the main character ends up revealing that they just used the talented player to help boost their career, but this never is the case with Sugarman. It’s a refreshing look into how friendship should be and how two people can help each other.
Nothing about this movie felt forced and it seemed to just be a really good sports movie. One that showed the trials and tribulations that anyone working in professional sports would certainly understand. There are moments of happiness, sadness, and raw emotion which adds to the heartwarming feeling of the film. Hustle is already one of the highest rated Sandler films and has seemed to do a number with audiences.
Take two hours out from your day to watch this film, you won’t regret it. If I had to rate the film, I would give it a 9.5/10. It’s not perfect but that’s exactly what makes it perfect. It’s just a really good movie that can resonate with anyone who watches it. The chemistry between the two main characters is electric and it’s clear that they fit together.