A friend says that Adam Sandler is a great guy who keeps half his high school senior class employed working on his many movies.
So upscale audiences should appreciate when Sandler occasionally makes a film aimed at the upper third of audiences, such as his rom-coms The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates, and his upscale dramas Punch Drunk Love, Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories (in which the first ten minutes of Sandler driving around the block looking for a parking place is a Tarantino-level exercise in star power), and Uncut Gems.
Sandler’s new Netflix film Hustle is a terrific sports movie in which he plays an international scout for the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers in an intelligent script about an interesting situation.
Sandler tells all time great American actor-nonagenarian Robert Duvall
as the team owner that the 7-foot German kid he’s been scouting, contrary to his scion Ben Foster, isn’t quite the next Dirk Nowitzki.
So Duvall, appreciating Sandler’s honesty, promotes Sandler from scout to 76ers assistant coach for standing up to his son, finally letting the ex-Temple U. player live at home in Philadelphia after 9 years of missing his daughter’s birthday, saving his marriage to Queen Latifah.
Sandler stumbles upon a 6′-9″ Spanish construction worker, (played by charismatic NBA journeyman Juancho Hernangómez), whose career path to the NBA was disarrayed by knocking up his girlfriend at 15 and then he beat up her next boyfriend at 19.
Like Burgess Meredith in another Philadelphia sports movie, Sandler bets his career on the slightly awkward white guy.
Sports movies are the most distinct genre.