Adam Sandler Shows Off His Serious Side (Again) in “Hustle” Trailer

Adam Sandler combines three of his favorite things - acting, basketball and getting studios to pay for his awesome vacations - in his latest project. Hustle features Sandler as a struggling NBA scout who risks his career for a street baller from Spain. Real-life athlete Juan Hernangómez - who's been traded five times since 2020 - stars as the phenom.

The supporting cast is a collision of Hollywood and NBA talent. Ben Foster, Queen Latifah and Robert Duvall play folks in Sandler's orbit, while real-life NBA players like Kyle Lowry, Tobias Harris and Seth Curry make cameos. Commentator Kenny Smith and coach Doc Rivers are also expected to appear. If the blockbuster James Harden-Ben Simmons trade doesn't go as expected, Philadelphia 76ers fans can at least enjoy seeing their fair city so lovingly displayed this summer.

Hustle premieres exclusively on Netflix on Friday, June 10, during the NBA Finals.


About Kip Mooney

Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about. I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague. Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work. In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo. I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.