Hustlers

Strippers that never strip!

Hustlers
Director
Lorene Scafaria
Writer
Screenplay by Lorene Scafaria; Based on "The Hustlers at Scores" by Jessica Pressler
Actors
Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Lizzo, Cardi B, Mercedes Ruehl, Trace Lysette, Usher, G-Eazy, Mette Towley, Madeline Brewer, Stormi Maya, Tia Barr, Ching Hoh-Wai, Doris McCarthy, Steven Boyer, Vanessa Aspillaga, Ken Holmes, Leonard Zimmerman, Molly Williams, David Wenzel, Daymien Valentino, Nicholas Suech, Emma Batiz, Dov Davidoff, Brandon Keener, Frank Whaley, Devin Ratray
Runtime
1 h 47 min
Release Date
12 September 2019
Genres
Comedy, Crime, Drama
Overview
A crew of savvy former strip club employees band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.
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HUSTLERS

Jennifer Lopez – her first scene in Hustlers – is an amazing scene to behold.  J.Lo is the main reason to see this movie.  Hustlers is a comedy crime drama movie about strippers; strippers that never strip but make “more money than a brain surgeon.”

Dorothy (Constance Wu), aka Destiny, a new dancer, is befriended and mentored by Ramona Vega (Jennifer Lopez). Ramona is the headline dancer in the club. Ms. Vega knows how to work the system and extract as much money as possible from the Wall Street bankers and stockbrokers that visit this Manhattan club.

Image from the movie "Hustlers"

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Money gets harder to extract after the 2008 stock market crash.  Therefore, the women begin to illegally get the money from the men. Using alcohol and drugs, the men helplessly hand over their credit cards to the women. The women hope the men are too embarrassed to complain about the $2,000 to $50,000 charges on their credit cards the next day.

Some viewers may go to this movie thinking it will be a salacious movie with sex, nudity, and god forbid some stripping.  That really is the last thing you are thinking about during this movie. This movie portrays strong women who are tired of being used by men and abused by the system. These women organize and take back the power, by manipulating (and drugging) men and taking their money.

Image from the movie "Hustlers"

© 2019 Annapurna Pictures − All right reserved.

Hustlers is on the list of strong female protagonist movies – such as Ocean’s 8, Us, Annihilation, Tomb Raider, and Mary Queen of Scots – all movies with strong women in lead roles.  There are several women in this story but you only get to really understand the motivation and life of two of the women, Destiny and Ramona. These two women have “normal” lives outside the club with pressures that include raising children and caring for aging parents.  The other characters are one dimensional just there to entertain. There are also brief appearances by Cardi B, Lizzo, and Usher just for fun, because who wouldn’t want to be in a stripper movie with Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu.

The four women in Hustlers

Annabelle (Lili Reinhart), Ramona, Mercedes (Keke Palmer) and Destiny

Eventually, this all comes crashing down and the story is being told to a reporter, Dorothy (Julia Stiles) who gets some laughs by listening and subtlety reacting to some of the outrageous behaviors being described to her by Destiny.

Hustlers does an excellent job of making this a movie about female bonding, a business endeavor, and some white collar crime.  The writers and the director treat all the women in the film with great respect.  The men are objectified, being nothing more than easy prey.  There is minimal nudity, and the nudity is only of background extras in non-erotic situations.  In fact, there is more nudity in The Little Hours, which is a comedy about nuns in a convent.

Why go to this movie – of course it is a great story – but the pole entrance by Ramona and her character is something to remember and worth the price of the ticket. 

 

Ramona entrance in Hustlers

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The Biggest Spoiler: The Ending

The Police arrest Dawn (Madeline Brewer). Dawn tells all. The Police make a case and arrest Destiny, Ramona, Annabelle, and Mercedes. Dorothy winds up taking a plea deal, rats on them and gets no jail time. Ramona also manages to avoid jail time, while the others serve short sentences (months).

A year later, Ramona is working a retail job. Elizabeth, the reporter, is still in contact and learns Ramona still respects Dorothy.  Elizabeth then tries to convince Dorothy to call Ramona. Yeah, this part sounds like a soap opera, but the movie is not a soap opera.

 

Movie Details

Director
Lorene Scafaria
Writer
Screenplay by Lorene Scafaria; Based on "The Hustlers at Scores" by Jessica Pressler
Actors
Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Lizzo, Cardi B, Mercedes Ruehl, Trace Lysette, Usher, G-Eazy, Mette Towley, Madeline Brewer, Stormi Maya, Tia Barr, Ching Hoh-Wai, Doris McCarthy, Steven Boyer, Vanessa Aspillaga, Ken Holmes, Leonard Zimmerman, Molly Williams, David Wenzel, Daymien Valentino, Nicholas Suech, Emma Batiz, Dov Davidoff, Brandon Keener, Frank Whaley, Devin Ratray
Runtime
1 h 47 min
Release Date
12 September 2019
Genres
Comedy, Crime, Drama
Overview
A crew of savvy former strip club employees band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.

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