Adam Sandler stars as a professional NBA scout in the Netflix drama called HUSTLE, and you don’t have to be a basketball fan to enjoy it. Sandler is best known for goofy comedy that rarely makes me laugh. But when he occasionally takes a dramatic role, he’s very convincing. In HUSTLE, he plays a weary, but smart and very likable basketball scout who’s been searching for talented players all over Europe for 30 years. But what he really wants is to be part of the coaching staff of the Philadelphia 76ers. What drives HUSTLE is the dogged determination of Sandler as Stanley in pursuit his goal. He’s fed up with being away from his wife (played by Queen Latifah) and his daughter. But then by chance, he sees a street basketball game in Spain and notices a very tall man with obvious talent (played by an NBA player, Juancho Hernangomez). HUSTLE chronicles the ups and downs the two of them go through and also features some great basketball action, showing many professional players that I didn’t recognize because I don’t follow basketball. For fans of the game, HUSTLE is a must see. For everyone else, it’s solid, involving entertainment.
The new movie called SEE HOW THEY RUN is both a comedy and a whodunit that was inspired by Agatha Christie’s long running play called, THE MOUSETRAP. It’s a silly spoof of the kind of murder investigation stories that are a staple of the movie business. Sam Rockwell is a hard drinking lead inspector who essentially plays straight man to Saoirse Ronan who is very funny as his clumsy and over eager assistant. SEE HOW THEY RUN has an overly complicated plot with too many characters, but if you’re looking for lightweight entertainment, it will fill the bill. (Only in Theaters)