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Hustle | 2022 | R | – 3.3.7

content-ratingsWhy is “Hustle” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “language.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a few crude sexual references including underage sex and infidelity, a man talking about a car accident that led to a career ending injury, several arguments, a couple of fights, and nearly 30 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


A washed-up basketball coach and scout (Adam Sandler) tries to make a comeback all the way to the NBA with a new, impressive player (Juancho Hernangomez) he recruited from Spain. Also with Queen Latifah, Ben Foster, Kenny Smith and Robert Duvall. Directed by Jeremiah Zagar. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in Serbian, Spanish and German with English subtitles. [Running Time: 1:57]

Hustle SEX/NUDITY 3

 – A basketball player blows a kiss to a 10-year-old girl in the bleachers and implies to her father he will have sex with her; the father knocks down the player and punches him hard in a hand (the hand looks flattened but no groans are heard as the victim grins). A man says that he will have sex with another man’s former fiancée and show her a “real man”; he asks if it is legal for the second man to have had sex with his mother and produce a child. We hear that a man had sex at age 15, had a child and now shares custody with his former fiancée. A woman says that a male guest is regularly paying for internet pornography, and the woman’s husband convinces the guest to stop (we do not see any pornography). A teen girl stares at the bare chest of a tattooed man, her mother gently tells her to stop, and she looks away. A woman says her husband left her for another woman and has not been heard from since.
 Many male basketball players wear sleeveless shirts or no shirts and shorts. A pool scene includes glances of several women wearing bikinis that reveal cleavage, abdomens, lower buttocks, thighs and legs. An elderly man wears tight swim trunks and an elderly woman wears a bikini while they sit on the edge of a pool.

Hustle VIOLENCE/GORE 3

 – Many scenes show basketball players pushing and shoving one another on a court, and sometimes pushing a man to the ground without injury; a few times, friends or referees must separate players and stop a fight. Silent archived footage shows a player in a pro game fall and clutch his ankle in pain and we later hear that his ankle was broken.
 A man hears another man on TV talk about an assault charge from five years earlier, he leaves his house on foot, an older man drives after him, the first man pounds on the hood of the car when it stops, shouts at the driver, and a brief argument ends with the younger man grabbing the driver, police approaching, and the driver saying everything is OK. A former player wears a long brace on his hand throughout the film and in one scene says he hurt it in a car crash; he says that he had a few drinks, drove his friend home and ran into a telephone pole, quickly putting his right arm across the friend’s chest to stop him from going through the windshield, shredding his right hand and ending his basketball career.
 A man says that his former fiancée’s new boyfriend provoked him into an attack that resulted in an assault charge, hurting his basketball career. A man says, “Guys in their fifties don’t have dreams. They have nightmares and eczema.” A husband and his wife argue several times. A man shouts very loudly at someone over a telephone. Two men argue in a few scenes and in one scene, one of the men shouts and quits his job. A man cries briefly at home. A man is detained at airport customs because of an assault charge, but is released. We hear that a basketball owner died suddenly. We hear that someone’s grandmother died.

Hustle LANGUAGE 7

 – About 29 F-words and its derivatives, 1 sexual reference, 30 scatological terms, 19 anatomical terms, 17 mild obscenities, name-calling (stupid, estupido, idiot, smug, freak, old man, clown, fool, whore), exclamations (oh my goodness, oh my goodness gracious, whoa, whoo), 9 religious profanities (GD), 13 religious exclamations (e.g. oh my God, God, good Lord, Jesus, Jesus Christ, Holy [scatological term deleted], I swear to God, a man kisses his fingers and points up to God in two scenes. | profanity glossary |

Hustle SUBSTANCE USE

 – A man giggles and says he smoked a little pot before playing in a pro basketball game. A man says he had a few drinks and drove his friend home, a man sips a cocktail at a bar, a glass of wine is seen on a bar at a wake, two men each chug a shot of clear liquor at a bar, two men hold beer bottles but do not drink.

Hustle DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Training for the NBA, inept coaches and team owners, prejudice and bias, arrogance, hard work, rivalries, trash talk, violence, anger, regret, loss, grief, overeating, responsibility, families, generosity, determination, not backing down, helping others, second chances, creating a better life, success.

Hustle MESSAGE

 – Hard work and determination can overcome a checkered past.

CAVEATS

Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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