Hustle (2004)


“What the hell would people do without gambling? ” – Pete Rose

Number of Times Seen – 1 (21 Nov 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Baseball star Pete Rose’s life is lured into a downward spiral brought on by his gambling addiction.

My Take on it – As a fan of baseball, this is a film that I’ve been interested in seeing for years.

Pete Rose’s story is among one of the most controversial in the history of the sport and this film allows the viewer to get an ideas as to what the events were that led to his downfall.

Unfortunately, the film doesn’t allow for any of the characters to be sympathetic and that’s a really big problem because it shows every character in a very negative view and there is really no one to root for.

The choice of Tom Sizemore to play the lead role is great because of the many similarities between them on both the physical and personal level.

Sizemore was able to cull from his own addiction history to help him play this role even if his performance is sub-par here and very shaky the whole way through.

The film tries to simplify some aspects of the story and the “dumbing down” of things is problematic because it assumes that the viewer can’t handle any thing else.

The production level is quite low, but they definitely could have done a better job than they ended up with here.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In the scene immediately after Pete Rose and Paul Janszen meet, a televised baseball game contains an advertisement for “HurricaneSports.com” — definitely out of place in the pre-Internet 1980s. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)

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