Film review by Steve Duffy –
Hustlers is based on Jessica Pressler 2015 article “The Hustlers at Scores”
The story centers around a group of strippers in New York City, led by an ambitious single mother, as they lie, steal, and hustle dozens of wealthy men when the sex industry bottoms out during the late-2000’s financial crisis. A journalist covering the story for a magazine interviews one of the ringleaders and tries to figure out where it all went wrong.
Lopez is a multi-talented star and she continues to prove it with this Oscar worthy role. There is on scene where Lopez has a pole-dancing routine set to Fiona Apple’s “Criminal” that’s simply phenomenal.
As much as I loved Lopez, I felt this was a break-out role for Constance Wu. She owned this role and made her character relatable as she balances her work and motherhood.
The supporting cast is just perfect, but at times underused. Lili Reinhardt, Keke Palmer, Cardi B and Lizzo show a grittier side of themselves while also stealing a few scenes.
Yes, they are committing crimes against men, but these girls are all about sisterhood and empowerment. They are true feminists who take control and never lose it.
The soundtrack is full of female anthems that fits perfectly within the storyline.
Hustlers is a wickedly seductive entertaining true-crime film that will have you cheering for the anti-heroes.
Rating: R for pervasive sexual material, drug content, language and nudity
Runtime: 107 minutes