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Hustlers is based on a true story about a group of strippers who scam their Wall Street clients out of their money. Destiny (Constance Wu) is a new stripper who is struggling to make ends meet, however once she sees Ramona’s (Jennifer Lopez) act, she goes to her for advice that ends with Ramona taking her under her wing.

Jennifer Lopez as Ramona is really the best I’ve seen her in awhile and steals the movie. Constance Wu is similarly great as Destiny. Other than those two performances though, the rest of the supporting cast is a bit meh. Cardi B and Lizzo both appear in the film, but I would’ve preferred they didn’t show up at all since they’re not actors and when they were on screen, they took me out of the film.

It’s fun to watch these strippers scam money off of men, but the film does get darker as they end up resorting to illegal things in order to get rich. However, it’s here that the film starts to drag a bit. The last two thirds of the film is basically these women doing despicable things in order get rich so they can buy extravagant things for themselves.

I also wanted to note that though this is a film about strippers, it doesn’t feel degrading thanks to the way it was shot. You can tell that a woman directed this film as it doesn’t unnecessarily linger on the women’s bodies.

The film overall is an enjoyable watch and I commend writer and director Lorene Scafaria for centering a film around this story which I was previously unfamiliar with. But at the end of the day the film didn’t stand out to me. As I stated before Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez are great and you buy their friendship, but other than that the film is fine. It’s one that I wouldn’t rush out to the theater to see as it would be just as enjoyable as a cable or streaming watch.

I give Hustlers a B-

 

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