Release Date: September 13th, 2019
MPA Rating: R (for pervasive sexual material, drug content, language and nudity)
Runtime: 107 minutes
Directed By: Lorene Scafaria
Written By: Jessica Pressler and Lorene Scafaria
Starring: Cardi B, Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, and Madeline Brewer.
Hustlers begins with Destiny (Constance Wu) dancing on stage, and running back and forth to her dressing room. We learn that she is trying to survive and support her grandmother by dancing. She befriends Ramona (Jennifer Lopez), who along with Diamond (Cardi B) help Destiny improve on her talents. Everything is good until the 2008 recession hits, and the big Wall Street clients are a bit reluctant to spend as much money as they once were.
Due to the “crash” the club’s clients begin to fade away, and this leaves the girls out of work. Ramona becomes desperate and comes up with a plan to make even more money. She recruits the girls to go in on this scheme with her. It involves them going to upscale bars, spiking the drinks of wealthy men, and convincing them to pretty much drain their credit cards on the women.
I did not go into the theater expecting to enjoy watching Hustlers. Yet, the film presences of Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu are strong and moving. Lopez’s performance as the strong motherly character who protects her sisters is convincing, and makes the viewer see the human side of such a judged career choice for women.
Based upon a true story, the movie will have you siding with the women, as they take down, per-say, the evil Wall Street bankers. This is definitely not your typical “stripper” movie. It has a serious tone to it, and contains some stellar performances. Other stars such as Julia Stiles, Lil Reinhart, and Cardi B, do well in adding to the story.
Even if you usually pass on movies about pole dancers, you should take a chance with Hustlers. It will have you siding with the women, while at the same time, talking about how amazing the 50 year old Jennifer Lopez looks and acts in this film.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars