*Warning: Minor spoilers ahead*

There’s a brand-new Adam Sandler movie in town, and it’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen from the 55-year-old actor.

Introducing Netflix’s latest release: Hustle, which is totally different from Sandler’s other work. After one week, the sports movie has already topped the streaming service’s list of most-viewed English-language films (with 84.5+ million hours watched).

Keep scrolling for an honest review of Adam Sandler’s Netflix movie, Hustle.

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Hustle centers on a basketball scout named Stanley Sugarman (Sandler), who works for the Philadelphia 76ers. When he’s promoted to assistant coach—and then demoted back to scout—he sets out to find the best rookie basketball player the NBA has ever seen. Cue Bo Cruz (Juancho Hernangómez).

Stanley returns to the states with Bo in tow and expects to be greeted with open arms by the team…but that’s not the case. So, he invests his own money and transforms Bo into a NBA Draft-worthy athlete.

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The plot is somewhat predictable (particularly in the beginning). But if you can get past the cliché story line, you’ll notice the movie is far more interesting than meets the eye. Instead of cringe-worthy comedy, it’s a feel-good story about determination.

One of the biggest reasons Hustle is so successful is because it’s not a typical Sandler movie. (No offense to the man himself.) The actor’s character is right up his alley without being too over-the-top. While there are bits of comedy, it doesn’t have the same goofy vibe as his other films, like Happy Gilmore.

Still, sports fans will enjoy the countless—yes, countless—cameos by famous athletes, coaches and announcers. Some play themselves, some play fictional characters and some only appear for a matter of seconds. Regardless, the cast list is seriously impressive. However, sports knowledge isn’t required to enjoy the film (though you may not understand some of the references).

PureWow rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Regardless of your feelings about basketball, Hustle is a must-watch for anyone who’s looking for an inspirational—yet entertaining—film. The movie offers a delicate balance of comedy and storytelling, making it an enjoyable option for the entire family.

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