Hustlers, 7.3/10, is inspired by the viral article from the New York Magazine following a crew of former strip club employees who band together to take their Wall Street clients for every penny. Surprisingly, Hustlers has more depth than I thought it would which is similar to the sequinned erotic dancers who all hide a world of troubles. Hustlers is highly entertaining, funny and makes an audience question its own sense of morality. Weaving between past and present day, the film cleverly unravels its narrative through one of the main characters – Destiny (played bu Constance Wu) – being interviewed. This provides some clever uses of editing and sound. Despite this, it is Lopez that delivers a stand out performance – completely in control of her character as her character is in control of the film.
Sadly, I feel this film will be overlooked due to a marmite member of the cast – Cardi B – however brief she may be in the film. Also, I have seen a lot complaining about “if it was men drugging and stealing from women there would be uproar”, which I can see as an understandable comment. It’s not like for years there have been films about men exploiting women. Sense the sarcasm? I didn’t see anyone kicking off when Wolf of Wall Street came out. Yes, the crimes are different but does that mean to say that all films in which the protagonist commits a crime are unjustly? At least this treads on a very thin line of morality. Go check Hustlers out for yourself and form your own opinion before making comments based on its plot alone. This is a film directed, written, produced and starring women but made for all to enjoy.
Entertainment (of its genre): 8/10
Overall rating….. 7.3/10