Screenings With Migs: Hustlers (Spoiler free)

I went to an early screening of Hustlers last night, and the film was highly entertaining for me.

Great direction and cinematography, however the best part was the acting by the leads. Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez were on point. JLo JLo JLo!!! In the words of Bubba Sparxxx….BOOTY BOOTY BOOTY BOOTY ROCCIN EVERYWHERE!! **Wipes drool** All the women featured in the film did a good job in their roles though. The humor hits and the chemistry between the ladies was a lot of fun to see. I could tell they had a great time making this movie. The film is based on “The Hustlers at Scores” written by Jessica Pressler, which details the real life accounts of a group of women who worked big money hustles at Scores Strip Club in New York City. A couple of the women started off as dancers at Scores, but after the market crashed in 2008 dancing wasn’t bringing in the cash so some of the ladies banded together and decided to start working scams on Wall Street sharks. The women that Wu and Lopez portray told Pressler that they were bringing in 5 and 6 figures a night after getting rich men drunk and drugged. It was easy to get the credit cards at that point. Their accounts are quite crazy, and I would never condone drugging anybody without their knowledge, but I found myself not feeling sorry for these guys. A lot of the men had legit cases of being defrauded and drugged, but they didn’t want to expose themselves. Mostly to their wives. Look it up on Google if you are interested in reading the whole story.
I really enjoyed the performances of Wu and Lopez. Wu does a good job playing Destiny, the new girl at the club who just wants to make some money for her family. JLo lights up the screen as Ramona, a veteran dancer who teaches Destiny how to run the clients and stack her dollars. JLo was savage in this, and the way she dances was a delicious sight to see. Lopez and Wu were a nice duo to see on screen. Their relationship was complex. Sometimes it was big sister, little sister. Other times it was mom and daughter. It was interesting to see how everything played out, especially when the scams started turning sideways. The supporting cast added some nice flavor to the story. Cardi B and Keke Palmer had the screening audience cracking up. There’s a hilarious meta moment in the movie that made me laugh out loud. I liked the emotional content sprinkled throughout, and a couple of the “oh snap” scenes had me bug eyed. I thought the run time could have been cut about 15 minutes or so, but overall I very much enjoyed Hustlers. I have plans to see it again. It’s one of those movies you go out with your friends to see. You’ll have a good time. If you go see it stick around when the credits start rolling. There is an extension of a scene shown. I don’t know why, but select AMC Theatres are showing Hustlers in Dolby Cinema. I don’t recommend spending 18 bucks to see this, but I have their A List program, so I’m looking forward to seeing some lovely booties in awesome digital clarity. Oooh la la!

See my live review here:

Migs Rodriguez


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