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Starring: Adam Sandler, Queen Latifah, Ben Foster, Robert Duvall, Juan Hernangómez, Jordan Hull, María Botto, Ainhoa Pillet, Kenny Smith, Kyle Lowry
OUR RATING: ★★★★☆
Netflix sports drama directed by Jeremiah Zagar. Hustle (2022) centers on former pro basketball scout, Stanley Sugarman (Adam Sandler), who discovers Spanish amateur baller, Bo Cruz (Juan Hernangómez), playing in a park outside Madrid. Charged with new found purpose, Stanley makes it his mission to groom Bo for the NBA and bring him to the States.
Our Favorite Quotes:'Obsession is going to beat talent every time.' - Stanley Sugerman (Hustle) Click To Tweet
Stanley Sugerman: Taking me to see basketball or a cockfight?
Mr. Everything: We do everything.
Stanley Sugerman: [to the big Serbian player] I do have to ask something. So it says in my files, you’re twenty-two years-old.
Mr. Everything: Yeah.
Stanley Sugerman: This is accurate? You’re twenty-two years-old?
Big Serbian: Yes. I’m twenty-two years-old.
Stanley Sugerman: The reason I’m asking you, he’s speaking English? So, you understand my English? Because you can’t be in the draft if you’re over twenty-two years, if you’re from overseas. So, do you have a birth certificate?
Big Serbian: It was big fire.
Stanley Sugerman: Who’s this?
Big Serbian: It’s my son.
Stanley Sugerman: It’s your son?
Big Serbian: Yes.
Stanley Sugerman: How old is he?
Big Serbian: He’s ten years-old.
Stanley Sugerman: He’s ten years-old. Okay. Okay.
Rex Merrick: [referring to the office] So what do you think?
Stanley Sugerman: I can’t believe you made your uncle work in this closet. Thank you. Feels like I’ve been waiting my whole life to become a coach.
Stanley Sugerman: [to Alex] Not a side hug. What’s with the side hug? When did you stop hugging me?
Teresa Sugerman: Honey, you got to be more gentle. Your baby’s got titties now.
Stanley Sugerman: Yeah, I don’t want to hear about that. That’s between you two.
Teresa Sugerman: [referring to allowing Alex to go out] Why the hell would you do that?
Stanley Sugerman: Because I was happy she was actually excited about something for a change. And to be honest with you, I wanted to be alone with you.
Teresa Sugerman: Oh, you think you’re going to get some love over here after that bulls**t you just pulled? Hell, no.
Stanley Sugerman: I’m worried about you. You against you, baby. You can get it done. You just got to do what you love.
Alex Sugerman: Did you love being away from home all the time?
Stanley Sugerman: That’s what you got out of this. Of course, I hated being away from home.
Stanley Sugerman: [to Kat, at Rex’s funeral] Trying to think of something to say to you besides, “I’m sorry.” It doesn’t seem enough.
'Guys in their 50s don't have dreams. They have nightmares and eczema.' - Stanley Sugerman (Hustle) Click To Tweet
Vince Merrick: I f***ed up. I shouldn’t have drafted Haas.
Stanley Sugerman: I wouldn’t say that.
Vince Merrick: To my face?
Stanley Sugerman: I would say it to your face.
Vince Merrick: You know, my father always appreciated your honesty. I’m working on it. I really am.
Vince Merrick: To be champion requires sacrifice. Manu coming off the bench. That’s this. That’s you. You’re valuable as a coach, you’re indispensable as a scout.
Stanley Sugerman: I don’t want to be out there anymore. I never wanted to be out there.
Vince Merrick: I’m not asking.
Stanley Sugerman: You know, I haven’t been home on my daughter’s birthday for nine years running, Vin.
Vince Merrick: Stan, you find me that missing piece, you’re right back on the bench coaching.
Teresa Sugerman: So what you going to do, Sugerbear?
Stanley Sugerman: What can I do?
Teresa Sugerman: Call Vin right now and say, “Kiss my fat a**, and f*** your five-star hotels.” You don’t need this.
Stanley Sugerman: It’s not as simple as that.
Stanley Sugerman: How can such a beautiful woman have such horrifying feet? What is this yellow thing?
Teresa Sugerman: It’s a callus from exercise. Remember exercise?
Teresa Sugerman: So you’re just going to give up on your dream?
Stanley Sugerman: Guys in their 50s don’t have dreams. They have nightmares and eczema. There was only one guy who knew what I was capable of, and he died.
'You got to be an iceberg out there, all floating around, and sharp, and taking down ships.' - Stanley Sugerman (Hustle) Click To Tweet
Leon: [referring to the topless girls at the pool] One look. Just one look.
Stanley Sugerman: No, no, no. I’ll get in trouble. Teresa will kick the s**t out of me.
Leon: One look.
Stanley Sugerman: I swear to God, I saw a Victoria’s Secret mannequin one time, and T was pi**ed off at me.
Leon: Why don’t you come and just be an agent with me? Got an open spot. I got all the partners on board.
Stanley Sugerman: For me? If I do that then, there’s no room for growth. I still want to coach.
Leon: And this Philly thing. There’s room to grow there?
Stanley Sugerman: At least I’m still in the league, you know.
Leon: Do me a favor, please look at these titties. I’ll take the blame. Just check them out.
Stanley Sugerman: [turns to look at the older couple sat by the pool] Alright. Okay, those are my titties.
Leon: Those are yours! They actually kind of look like yours.
Stanley Sugerman: I’m about two sandwiches away from those titties. Yeah.
Stanley Sugerman: [to Bo] I haven’t sprinted like that in thirty years. Just waiting for my Achilles to pop.
Stanley Sugerman: [to Bo] Are you really a construction worker, or is that all part of the hustle? I mean, I couldn’t take my eyes off of you. It got me so excited. You’re a fantasy for a guy like me.
Stanley Sugerman: [as his app translates, Bo gets up and leaves] What? Did that sound dirty or something? No, I didn’t mean it like that. I meant it like you’re an amazing basketball player.
'It's you against you out there.' - Stanley Sugerman (Hustle) Click To Tweet
Dirk Nowitzki: [over Facetime] What’s your name, kid?
Stanley Sugerman: Bo, Bo Cruz.
Dirk Nowitzki: Where you play at, Bo Cruz?
Stanley Sugerman: Nowhere. I just work construction.
Dirk Nowitzki: Well, not for long if Stan is calling me about you.
Stanley Sugerman: That’s right. You see, this is mi amigo. Amigo. Thank you so much, Dirk. And say hi to your grandmother for me.
Dirk Nowitzki: My grandma died.
Stanley Sugerman: That’s right. You told me that. My bad.
Stanley Sugerman: There’s 450 NBA players, another hundred just waiting to get called up. It’s my job to know every other great player in the world. I’m very good at my job.
Paola: [referring to Bo] But with basketball, he played with the big kids when he was still small. Biggest hands though. They tease him. The movie with the little alien. Phone home.
Stanley Sugerman: E.T.
Paola: Yes. Very mean boys. But also, he kind of looked like an alien.
Stanley Sugerman: I bet.
Paola: [referring to Bo] He played every day. After his father, well, he went away. We don’t have him anymore.
Stanley Sugerman: I’m sorry. Losing your dad at any age…
Paola: Oh, no. He’s not lost. He moved to Portugal with whore.
Stanley Sugerman: [to Bo] Basketball years are like dog years. If we’re going to do this, we actually got to do this now.
'A good player knows where he is on court. A great player knows where everybody else is.' - Stanley Sugerman (Hustle) Click To Tweet
Paola: [referring to Bo] And how much money will you pay him?
Stanley Sugerman: To come to Philly? It’ll be a prorated league minimum.
Paola: But you say he was great. For great, you pay the maximum, no?
Stanley Sugerman: Yeah. Yes, NBA contract of any kind is maximum, no?
Paola: And how much is the minimum?
Stanley Sugerman: Minimum salary in the NBA is nine hundred thousand dollars.
Paola: He will call in sick.
Stanley Sugerman: Here’s my man, the Cruz Missile.
Bo Cruz: What?
Stanley Sugerman: What? You don’t like that? I thought you’d love that. No? Alright, I’ll keep thinking.
Stanley Sugerman: [referring to Bo] He’s incredible! Did you watch the workout?
Vince Merrick: Of course, I watched. Kid’s impressive. But there are other considerations. Character, mentality. Playing within a system. I sound like you right now.
Stanley Sugerman: Vin, this kid is the new Freak. He’s a unicorn, a mythical creature.
Vince Merrick: [referring to Bo] It’s not going to happen, Stan.
Stanley Sugerman: I’m indispensable. So valuable, right? You told me if I wanted to get back on the bench to find the missing piece. Well, here I am delivering him for no money. And it’s not going to happen?!
Vince Merrick: I pay you to find players, not tell me what to do with them.
Stanley Sugerman: Pay me.
Vince Merrick: You got something to say, Stan?
Stanley Sugerman: [after discovering Bo has a criminal record] Anything else you need to tell me? Now is the time. I mean, we all have stuff from our past, but having a criminal record’s a pretty big detail to leave out. Just no more secrets from now on, alright? No big deal, moving on.
'It's good to be nervous. It means you give a s**t.' - Stanley Sugerman (Hustle) Click To Tweet
Stanley Sugerman: Philadelphia, baby. You’re going to love it. Best sports fans in the world. Actually the worst, but that’s what makes them the best.
Stanley Sugerman: [referring to Bo] I just want to make sure I do what’s right for the kid. What?
Teresa Sugerman: The Sixers don’t know you stashed him.
Stanley Sugerman: You don’t get it. The kid is like if Scottie Pippen and a wolf had a baby.
Teresa Sugerman: So what are you saying? He has a hairy face.
Stanley Sugerman: I’m saying if this kid puts it together, when he puts it together, he will be top ten in the league. And being the guy who finds the guy matters in this business.
Stanley Sugerman: We’re not here to hustle, man.
Bo Cruz: Why not?
Stanley Sugerman: [referring to the cheese steaks] But you only took one bite of each one.
Bo Cruz: Yeah, you take one bite, and you don’t eat it all, because if not, you get fat.
Stanley Sugerman: Why were you looking at me when you said that?
Bo Cruz: Come on, Stanley, I don’t say that.
'They can't kill you if you're already dead.' - Stanley Sugerman (Hustle) Click To Tweet
Stanley Sugerman: What the f*** did you do to the minibar?
Bo Cruz: Sixers are paying, don’t worry.
Stanley Sugerman: Yes, but we don’t eat nine dollars Pringles. A man must have a code.
Bo Cruz: I literally just eat one chip. They are not that good.
Stanley Sugerman: It’s still nine dollars! They don’t charge you per chip.
Vince Merrick: [referring to Bo] He’s like a giraffe on roller skates.