NBA stars feature in new film 'Hustle'

Netflix recently released a new film starring Adam Sandler and the cast features an array of stars past and present from the NBA.

The name of the Nextflix Original production is Hustle and it was released on the streaming platform on June 8th. 

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The film stars Adam Sandler who plays Stanley Sugerman, a washed-up basketball scout who discovers and tries to use a prospect from Spain as an opportunity for him to get back in the NBA. The prospect is known as Bo Cruz, who will be played by Utah Jazz power forward Juancho Hernangomez.

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – JUNE 07: (L-R) Juancho Hernangomez and Adam Sandler speak onstage during Netflix’s “Hustle” Philadelphia special screening at Philadelphia Film Center on June 07, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Lisa Lake/Getty Images for Netflix)

Other features include former NBA player and current analyst Kenny Smith, Minnesota Timberwolves small forward Anthony Edwards, Atlanta Hawks power forward Trae Young and more. 

The film was produced by The SpringHill Company as well as Happy Maddison Productions. SpringHill is owned by 18-time NBA All-Star and 4-time NBA Champion LeBron James, and Happy Maddison is owned by Adam Sandler.

IMDB rated the film a 7.5/10 and ranked 96 on the popularity chart. Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a score of 88% on the Tomatometer and a 90% audience score. These scores put the film on par with the popularised film starring Sandler, Uncut Gems which was nominated for numerous awards as well as walking away winners on multiple occasions.

It seems as if Hustle could be following suit with its surge in popularity in regards to the sporting film genre. 

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