Jeremiah Zagar directs Adam Sandler, Queen Latifah and Juancho Hernangómez in this sports drama where a dissatisfied NBA scout risks his career on an untrained Spanish construction worker who he spots “the real deal” in.
Have you seen Jerry Maguire and / or Moneyball? Well, then there’ll be no surprises here in terms of what is delivered. It just happens to be flawlessly calibrated, salty yet sweet, a fantastic Saturday night in. A perfect blend of training montage, jokes and mild drama. I dare you to watch it and not have a smile on your face for 90% of the runtime. Sandler dials it back a notch or three and has fine chemistry with this new crew, notably completely away from his regular ensemble of house goofs. One day someone is going to write a dissertation on his once sneered at Netflix deal and how it freed the underrated funny man up to make movies he cared about that still expanded his following. An easy going delight. Dare I say it… a slam dunk.
Perfect Double Bill: The Scout (1994)
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