Billy Hoyle (Harrelson) is a former college-level basketball player who makes a living hustling streetballers who assume he cannot play well because he is white. The hustle is even more provocative because, although he appears to be “a chump” and “a geek,” Hoyle never downplays his skill to increase the stakes; it is the African-American basketball players’ own assumptions that are at the root of the hustle.
Such a talented but arrogant player is Sidney Deane (Wesley Snipes), a star on the Venice Beach, California outdoor courts. He is humiliated twice by Billy in front of his friends, losing a wager. But he also recognizes a good thing when he sees one and immediately begins to think of a number of ways Billy can be useful to him.
Ron Shelton (September 15, 1945 in Whittier, California) is a U.S. film director and screenwriter, most notable for making movies about sports. Shelton is an alumnus of Santa Barbara High School and of the University of Arizona and Westmont College. He is the oldest of four brothers, and grew up in Montecito, California. Before beginning his movie career, Shelton was a minor league baseball player in the Baltimore Orioles’ organization from 1967 to 1971.He is married to Canadian-born actress Lolita Davidovich, who has appeared in three of Shelton’s films and with whom he has two children. The couple reside in Los Angeles and Ojai, California. —Wikipedia
Fairly silly and predictable, even for a comedy, this Kubrick favourite is yet so enjoyable, especially during the games scenes, with Harrelson and Snipes stealing the show. It may look outdated, but that's just another way of saying this is a 90's nostalgic movie.