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Hustlers Movie Review

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If you are looking for an entertaining story that is full 2000s glam, scandal, and friendship then Hustlers is worth checking out. The cast alone will draw you into the movie with Jennifer Lopez leading the pack, closely followed by up and coming Constance Wu, Keke Palmer, Cardi B , Lizzo and Lilli Reinhart.

Hustlers follows a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients. The film was inspired by the article published by New York Magazine entitled ”The Hustlers at Scores” written by Jessica Pressler.

Let’s start by diving into the actors and their characters. Jennifer Lopez stars as Ramona Vega, a New York stripper who knows how to hustle. Jennifer Lopez (J.Lo) steps up the game with her humor and Bronx roots. Her performance is more than what you would expect from the witty dancer. Her body was amazing and stuns us with her never aging beauty (let me remind you she is 50 years old). She brought elements of provided love, warmth, humor, and a tough girl edge to her. Her characters, which’ due to lack of further development, left room for interpretation. I was left wondering where she came from and how she got to where she was, as they left her background a slight mystery. You learn about a small faction of her her about her personal life briefly, but not enough about her home life and how she was driven to become who she is now. Constance Wu stars as Destiny, a new-stripper struggling to make it and turns to Ramona for guidance and friendship. Destiny as a Her character and her development was reminiscent to Constance’s character in Crazy Rich Asians, innocent and sweet that needs to toughen up to take control of her life. Her performance was well executed, you really understood her emotions and what motivated her to the life of the hustle. Again, like Ramona, (J.lo) character you don’t get  to learn as much about her personal relationships outside of the ring ring.I would have like to seen more build on the characters backstories and interpersonal relationships.  Additional Appearances by celebrities such as Cardi B, Lizzo, and Usher made for a fun and exciting dynamic.

Hustlers focuses on the story of a group of womean struggling to make it in a New York city strip club after the late 2000s financial crisis. They scheme together to try and make it through by Robin Hooding their high profile banker/Wall Street clientele. The story is based on true events, which were originally reported in a scandal uncovering article including an article written for New York Magazine. The Journalist in the movie is portrayed by Julia Stiles, . Julia Stilesher character sheds a more realistic light on a situation masked by instant gratification and glamour. The film focuses mainly on the relationships between the women operating the hustle, but you also follow them through the moral ups and downs of scheming against wealthy wall street men. The common women share a simple common ground,  is the broken homes they all come from, which bonding them as family. That’s where the depth ends though, we only scratch the surface of each character’s personal life. In terms of pacing the story had a quick build, but slow execution. You can expect an entertaining sound track that will bring you back to the days of small dogs in designer handbags, low cut jeans, velour track suits, and Britney Spears on every station, take that as a pro or con – your choice.

Overall Hustlers has a great cast, fun soundtrack, and good humor. It makes for an entertaining time that will have you reminiscing about the late 2000s.

Title Movie Info
DIRECTOR: Lorene Scafaria
STUDIO: STX Studio
GENRE: Comedy, Crime, Drama
MPAA: R
RELEASE DATE: September 13 2019
AUTHOR: Pamela Madwakins

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