The movie “Hustle,” starring Adam Sandler and Queen Latifah, as well as Robert Duvall and Ben Foster, debuts in theaters on Friday and is set to hit Netflix on June 8.
Another star of the film, who is much lesser known in the entertainment world, is Utah Jazz backup forward Juancho Hernangomez, while his Jazz teammate Jordan Clarkson is among a slew of NBA players who also makes an appearance (the film is co-produced by Sandler and Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James).
On Thursday, ahead of Friday’s release, Sandler and Latifah appeared separately on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”, and both praised Hernangomez’s performance on the show.
Hernangomez stars as European basketball star Bo Cruz, who Sandler (Stanley Sugarman), a scout, brings to the NBA.
Latifah stars as Sandler’s wife, Teresa Sugarman.
Adam Sandler: “He’s such a nice guy. He is 6 feet 9 inches, he plays for the Jazz. He is like the sweetest human being.
Sandler then told the story of a scene in which Hernangomez had to cry, and Sandler was very impressed with how easily Hernangomez was able to do this.
“I look at him, and he just makes the scene, and all of a sudden, close-up, boom, all these tears. He is crying.
Latifah added, “When you see this movie, you won’t believe it. Like, we really scored, because Juancho, who plays Bo Cruz, is so fluid. This is probably the first time he’s done this. He’s great in the movie.
What do the reviews say about “Hustle”?
- Variety’s Owen Gleiberman“‘Hustle’ doesn’t rewrite any rules, but the healthy seduction of the film is that you believe what you see – in part because of the presence of players from aging legend Dr. J to Trae Young to Kyle Lowry and several dozen more. But also because Sandler plays Stanley with an inner sadness, a mixture of weariness and resilience, and a stubborn faith in the acting that leaves you feeling moved, delighted, and utterly convinced.
- Entertainment Weekly’s Leah Greenblatt: “Sandler and Hernangomez have a sweet and awkward chemistry, somewhere between razzing and familial, and the on-court sequences are always electric. “Hustle” doesn’t reinvent the wheel of sports stories; it’s barely turning it around. forward. But right now, they’re having fun.
- The Guardian’s Peter Bradshasw“It’s the kind of film tailor-made for (basketball) fans. For everyone else, it would pass the time like an airline movie on a long-haul flight.
- Hollywood Reporter’s David Rooney“It’s clearly Sandler’s movie, and it makes Stanley a mensch, even when he’s yelling on the phone about what he owes after the 30 years he’s given the League. The performance is heightened by the actor’s love of basketball, which explains the welcome lack of showboating as he tones down his signature comedic mannerisms and puts them at the service of character and story, not a trick star. It makes ‘Hustle’ sweet and satisfying.
- IndieWire’s David Ehrlich“‘Hustle’ serves up nothing you’ve never seen before, but it confidently sticks to the game plan and has you rooting for Stanley and Bo – together and apart – every step of the way.”