Down 127 this week

Hustle & Flow (2005)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Music  |  22 July 2005 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 32,483 users   Metascore: 68/100
Reviews: 206 user | 159 critic | 37 from Metacritic.com

With help from his friends, a Memphis pimp in a mid-life crisis attempts to become a successful hip-hop emcee.



Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

Won 1 Oscar. Another 26 wins & 42 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A tale of an inner city drug dealer who turns away from crime to pursue his passion, rap music.

Director: Jim Sheridan
Stars: 50 Cent, Joy Bryant, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Notorious (2009)
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The life and death story of Notorious B.I.G. (a.k.a. Christopher Wallace), who came straight out of Brooklyn to take the world of rap music by storm.

Director: George Tillman Jr.
Stars: Jamal Woolard, Anthony Mackie, Derek Luke
8 Mile (2002)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A young rapper, struggling with every aspect of his life, wants to make it big but his friends and foes make this odyssey of rap, harder than it may seem.

Director: Curtis Hanson
Stars: Eminem, Brittany Murphy, Kim Basinger
Baby Boy (2001)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

This is the story of Jody, an unemployed young black man, who's been living with his mother for several years, even though he's got a child of his own. Romantically, he's having ... See full summary »

Director: John Singleton
Stars: AlexSandra Wright, Tyrese Gibson, Taraji P. Henson
Juice (1992)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

"Juice" is about 4 inner-city teens who get caught up in the pursuit of power and happiness, which they refer to as 'the juice'.

Director: Ernest R. Dickerson
Stars: Omar Epps, Tupac Shakur, Jermaine 'Huggy' Hopkins
Friday (1995)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two homies, Smokey &Craig, smoke up a dope dealer's weed and try to figure a way to get the $200 they owe the dope dealer by 10:00pm that night. In that time they smoke weed, get jacked, and they get shot at in a drive-by.

Director: F. Gary Gray
Stars: Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Nia Long
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A God-fearing bluesman takes to a wild young woman who, as a victim of childhood sexual abuse, looks everywhere for love, never quite finding it.

Director: Craig Brewer
Stars: Christina Ricci, Samuel L. Jackson, Justin Timberlake
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Follows the lives of three young males living in the Crenshaw ghetto of Los Angeles, dissecting questions of race, relationships, violence and future prospects.

Director: John Singleton
Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne, Hudhail Al-Amir
Documentary | Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Home movies, photographs, and recited poetry illustrate the life of Tupac Shakur, one of the most beloved, revolutionary, and volatile hip-hop M.Cs. of all time.

Director: Lauren Lazin
Stars: Tupac Shakur, Rappin' 4-Tay, Conrad Bain
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A young street hustler attempts to escape the rigors and temptations of the ghetto in a quest for a better life.

Directors: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
Stars: Tyrin Turner, Larenz Tate, June Kyoto Lu
Waist Deep (2006)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

An ex-convict (Tyrese) gets tangled up with a gang after his car is hijacked with his son inside.

Director: Vondie Curtis-Hall
Stars: Tyrese Gibson, Meagan Good, Larenz Tate
Next Friday (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Uncle Elroy and Day Day owe money on taxes so Craig finds a way to steal from the next door neighbors to pay off the taxes so Uncle Elroy's house doesn't get put up for auction.

Director: Steve Carr
Stars: Ice Cube, Mike Epps, Justin Pierce


Cast overview, first billed only:
Shelby (as D.J. Qualls)
Tigga (as Juicy J)
William Engram ...
Slobs (as William 'Poon' Engram)
Bobby Sandimanie ...
Yellow Jacket (as Bobby 'I-20' Sandimanie)
Haystak ...


Aspiring emcee DJay works the angles to get his first record made with help from assorted people in his Memphis 'hood. And when he hears that hip-hop superstar Skinny Black is heading to his area, he throws together a supreme hustle to grab Skinny's attention. Written by IMDb Editors

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

hip hop | baby | friend | stripper | pimp | See All (151) »


Everybody gotta have a dream. See more »


Crime | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sex and drug content, pervasive language and some violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

22 July 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ritmo de un sueño  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,017,808 (USA) (22 July 2005)


$22,201,636 (USA) (18 November 2005)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Terrence Howard is the only actor to ever appear in two films to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song in the same year. This film won the award for "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp." The other nominated song was "In Too Deep" from the Best Picture winner Crash (2005). See more »


When DJay changes the radio station in the car, the FM analog tuner is visibly set to the left side of the dial close to "94". But the radio station announcer identifies the station as "107". See more »


DJay: See... man ain't like a dog. And when I say "man," I'm talking about man as in mankind, not man as in men. Because men, well, we a lot like a dog. You know, we like to piss on things. Sniff a bitch when we can. Even get a little pink hard-on the way they do. We territorial as shit, you know, we gonna protect our own. But man, he know about death. Got him a sense of history. Got religion. See... a dog, man, a dog don't know shit about no birthdays or Christmas or Easter bunny, none of that shit....
See more »


Referenced in Parks and Recreation: Article Two (2013) See more »


If Loving You is Wrong (I Don't Want to Be Right)
by Homer Banks, Carl Hampton and Raymond Jackson
Performed by Luther Ingram
Courtesy of Klondike Entertainment, Ltd.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Saw it at the Los Angeles Film festival as well....
19 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

...and I enjoyed it. What saves the film from being just another badly made 'hood flick, is Terrence Howard. I am so glad Craig cast an actor and not a rapper to play the lead. Terrence brings depth of character, pathos, and sympathy to a low brow pimp with low quality product to hustle.

This movie could've turned out bad with clichéd acting and over the top performances (there were moments where I felt his strip club whore was too much), but what makes you stick with the story, is that you really feel sorry for these people and you want them to succeed. The producer Stephanie Allain was at the L.A. premiere, and said that the character wanting to have a dream of better things was the universal theme that struck her. Craig (the director) also said that the story used bits and pieces of his own life and people he has met in Memphis to craft a story that really does happen to a lot of black people trying to get into the rap game. True, the hook of the story, a pimp wanting to be a rapper, sounds really funny. Lord knows if Mike Epps or Brian Hooks (or God forbid, Snoop) had been cast in the lead, this movie would've turned booty real quick. But once again, Terrence Howard makes this story come alive. I enjoy rap, but don't find crunk and a lot of lyrics enjoyable, but I must admit, in the context of the world it comes from and the hopes that these characters have, I was one of many people (the black ones in particular) who found myself swaying and singing the lyrics to "Whoop that Trick" et al.

As for the person on this board who commented that he too was at the Los Angeles Film Festival and found the white characters "acting black" tiresome, it must be said that in the south, black speech patterns and culture get picked up by whites. Living in close proximity creates that, and I didn't feel that the white characters were playing black. There was one comment in the movie where DJ Qualls arrives and Terrenc Howards character pulls Anthony Anderson aside and and questions the white boy's skills as a beat junkie, but that was the only time his color was brought up. But it was natural, no different than guys from Metallica questioning the skills of a black dude auditioning for a guitar gig. The subtext was simply "Does this dude even listen to crunk music?" Once his skills are proved, there is no question of race anymore.

The film should do well. I will see it again with my mother. Yes my mother. She loves Terrence Howard as much as I do, and I feel the movie should have a wide audience, young and old (with parental supervision). I enjoy watching Terrence Howard work, he makes you feel everything he feels on screen, and if this thing doesn't make him blow up, I don't know what will. He is the movie. See it for yourself and decide for yourself. Cuz it's hard out here for a pimp, ya'all.

Ps. For those feminists who get their panties all twisted because of any images of female exploitation, I must comment that all the women in this film (as broke down and trashy as they are) have dreams too, and Terrence's character realizes that they deserve better and strives to help them by helping himself. There is no such thing as a good pimp (like there is no such thing as a good slave master) but what redeems Terrence is that his pimp transforms his life and all those around him for the better.

90 of 126 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Top 5 Greatest Rap/Hip-Hop Songs Of all time asian7
Are you kidding me? I_love_you_too
Terrence Howard ruined it SmokinAce
I dont get it...Why did Skinny drop the tape into the toilet??? phat_chic66502
I thought he was gonna eat her face dozer1189
The Kiss gingersnapper
Discuss Hustle & Flow (2005) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: