Movie Review: Hustlers

December 28th, 2019

Details from IMDB:

Hustlers (2019)

| | ComedyCrimeDrama | 13 September 2019 (USA)
 
6.4/10
36,827
 
Inspired by the viral New York Magazine article, Hustlers follows a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.

Director:

 Lorene Scafaria

Writers:

 Jessica Pressler (magazine article), Lorene Scafaria (screenplay)

Initial Thoughts:

Ok, I'll admit it, this is a movie about strippers and I was curious about it. I didn't see it in theaters but with a free credit on Cineplex (the app is working fine for me!), we decided to give it a watch.

Main Points:

Again at the risk of sounding sexist, Jennifer Lopez is 50 and looks amazing in this movie! She has got to be one of the sexiest women alive but enough about that. While this movie certainly has nudity (and lots of sexual situations/language) it is not about glamorizing strippers or strip clubs at all.

The movie is based on real women who decided to take control of their lives and get back at the Wall Street guys who (at least partially) caused an economic collapse in 2009 in the US. Of course like any plan, things go wrong and they end up hurting people with no connection to Wall Street at all.

Pretty solid acting throughout, very small parts from Lizzo and Cardi B for those interested. The story is fine, it's just very straightforward and even if you didn't see the preview, you knew they would be caught from events in the movie. This movie has been criticized for making men look stupid, I just don't see it. There are lots of stupid men out there and I'm sure a lot of them end up at strip clubs. Of course, I don't agree with everything they do here (they drug a lot of men) but a good few of the men are scum and get what they deserve.

Final Thoughts:

I don't think Jennifer Lopez will win an Oscar for this but she is one of the best actors here. I thought Constance Wu also did a great job. I enjoyed it but would have liked it to have been presented in a more creative way. Also even under 2 hours I still found it a little long. So 7 out of 10 for me. I would certainly recommend it to any Jennifer Lopez fans or anyone else who has an open mind about feminism and what strong women can be/do. Of course no children, ages 18+ for nudity, language, some violence and adult situations.