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I hate rap music and anything that promotes pimps, gang banging,
shooting cops or beating women. I'm a middle-aged white guy; you'll
never see me wearing a gold chain or spending a lot of money on rims
for my car. I can't stand people who drive by blasting music out of
their car as if I want to hear their stupid music. With that said, I
really enjoyed this film.
Why? Because of its combination of great actors, direction and a multi-leveled script that made you care about the characters no matter how shady. Brewer has done an amazing job with this screenplay, and although there are couple cheesy parts I hated ("I'm gonna get you a head set to talk into and make you feel important" - boy, if you couldn't see what that was leading to you don't know movies), but overall, he made the characters three dimensional beings that you actually pull for, despite their disrespectful standing in life. Howard is always great in anything he's in, I love how he says "mine" instead of "man" (like he did in Dead Presidents).
This film might have done real well at the box office had they promoted it to the general public, rather than the black community. I live in LA and work in the entertainment industry and saw how it was promoted and remember thinking "man, there's one movie I'll never see," and that's not my fault, it's the promotions department fault. It was promoted as a movie about a pimp loser who wants to be a rap star, not as a person with a dream, who gives it a shot and almost loses everything.
Of course, its one huge negative aspect is how it promotes racial stereotypes: the blacks want to be rappers, refer to women as "hos" and being a pimp is where it's at. Outside of that, for pure entertainment value, I recommend this movie highly.
Just got back from Sundance Film Festival today, and I was fortunate enough to snag tickets for this awesome movie, as it was the Sundance Audience Award Winner for best dramatic picture. This movie is just AWESOME. From the hot rap tracks that are catchy as ever, to an inspiring and great performances from everyone aboard, this movie was a real pleasure. Terrance Howard as DJay is one of the greatest protagaonists I've seen on screen all year long. Look out for these future music tracks "Whoop That Trick" and "It's Hard for a Pimp." Music had me bobbin my head. MUST SEE MOVIE. Awesome that MTV Films has picked up this brilliant feature flick
I went to a screening of this film a little while ago and couldn't help but let people know about it afterward. Terrence Howard is great, accent is totally on point and really gets his emotions across well throughout. He's one of the most underrated actors in Hollywood today. As for the story, it was so real, and put together well. You would expect a film like this to be almost cliché, almost blaxploitation-like but it's really unlike anything that's come along in a while. The film however is not without faults. Ludicrous basically plays himself and it might have been great to get more background on DJay throughout the film. But even so, I'd recommend Hustle & Flow to anyone.
I just got back from seeing this at the 2005 Sundance film festival and must say this was a fantastic movie. It should easily be the best movie to come out of the festival, and best I have had the opportunity to see there in my half dozen years of going (Its lucky to get tickets to anything these days, let alone something great). Right off I have to say the cast was absolutely amazing, several break out performances for sure,I really liked Taryn Manning (what a beauty) and Taraji P. Henson was simply emotional to watch. Then Terrence Howard, this guy has been doing some supporting roles and been rather likable, but this is totally something else, he lights the screen on fire. You could say he's the next "it" black actor, but really black,white,yellow,magenta whatever this guy drops it like its hot here, this performance will make you keep an eye out for his next movie on the IMDb. As for the story, well its about a hard livin pimp from Memphis wanting to accomplish a dream of becoming a rapper and getting his songs heard. The plot isn't that complicated which in this case is just fine because the greatness is in the details of the characters. I felt like you really became more attached to each character along the way, thus making for a much anticipated ending. The ending, I wont give it away but it is doesn't sell out and at the same time is very satisfying. If you are a fan of rap music, hip hop,crunk whatever you will very much enjoy this movie and the music is very well done. However I will also throw this out there, my 50 year old mother who thinks rap music is foul and has zero interest in gritty subject matter (ie, Pimpin) saw this movie at Sundance and thought based on the acting alone it was the best movie she had seen. Whup dat Trick!
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DJay,played by Terrence Howard, is a pimp and drug dealer who is
dissatisfied with his life and wants to make a change in Hustle And
Flow.After acquiring a keyboard and reacquainting himself with an old
friend from school,Key, played by Anthony Anderson,who has become a
sound technician. Then,he decides to try making hip hop songs. Key and
sound-mixer friend,Shelby,played by DJ Qualls coordinates with DJay put
together several songs.
The group experiences many setbacks throughout the creative process. DJay must hustle those around him in order to procure proper equipment and recording time, and Key's relationship with his wife becomes strained. At the end of the film, in a bit of irony, sees a duo of prison guards who have their own rap group asking DJay to listen to their demo, much as DJay had approached Skinny Black. After the guards request him to listen to the demo, he accepts their tape and responds with the following: "You know what they say, everybody gotta have a dream," which was the slogan for the film.
Hustle And Flow was a great independent drama film.Terrence Howard was exceptional as DJay.The screenplay by Craig Brewer was also great in trying to tell a story of a man who sought change in his life.His direction by was crisp as well. Highly recommended for viewers who seek themes about the welfare of disenfranchised people particularly African- Americans. Highly recommended indeed.
"Hustle & Flow" bears some resemblance to the 2002 Eminem vehicle "8
Mile", which is a better-known, but not better, movie. Again we have an
aspiring rapper, this time one chasing a dream once forgotten in order
to make ends meet working as a pimp. He convinces an old friend to help
him record a demo but it'll all be for nothing if they can't get their
demo in the right hands.
The star of the film is Terrence Howard and he delivered an excellent performance, one that was rewarded with an Oscar nomination. I'd like to say that everyone else was as good but the rest of the cast is of variable quality. The under-appreciated Anthony Anderson contributes the best performance in support while the rest of the cast is at least passable.
Director Craig Brewer put in a workmanlike effort and the film is pretty much free of Hollywood gloss. I liked the retro opening and closing credits, too. Of course, there's lots of music and, even though I'm not much of a fan of rap, I'd have to say it was all well done, especially "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp", which (deservedly) won the Oscar for best original song.
In the end, Brewer & company unfold a compelling story with enough grit to give it an air of authenticity. Quality music and a star-making turn by Terrence Howard add to the film's appeal, resulting in a movie that's likely to surpass your expectations.
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Hustle & Flow has the perfect balance of. Drama, Music, and
performances. I firmly believe without the passionate performances,
this movie wouldn't have been as strong as it was. Terrence Howard's
character is a tad bit abrasive at times, but his heart of gold, and
his never-give up mentality made the character perfect in my opinion.
What really made the movie for me was it's realism.. The characters
felt real, the situations seemed real, and the ending wasn't all that
far-fetched either, and really made me smile. The ending is one of the
best things about the movie because it wasn't all that unbelievable.
You will hate Skinny for what he does, and it will certainly mess with
your emotions. I firmly believe this movie isn't for everyone, due to
its violent language and the fact that not everybody is into Rap. But
it is worth it in my opinion.
Performances. Terrence Howard is Oscar worthy here. It truly was a star-making performance, and I loved everything about his character. Despite some of his abusive and abrasive actions, he remained likable. He was the heart and soul of this film. Anthony Anderson can actually ACT!. I was shocked at his maturity and how good he was here. Taryn Manning is fantastic as the vulnerable, and often overlooked woman. I felt for her on many occasions, and thought she did a great job. DJ Qualls is excellent as well surprisingly. He injected a nice amount of humor into his part. Taraji P. Henson is solid as the love interest. She was likable and never overdid it. Ludicrous played scum perfectly. I couldn't stand him as Skinny.
Bottom line. It's powerful, engrossing and a joy to watch. Don't be turned off by it, because of its subject material. Critics were 100% right about this one. A must see.
I've watched this movie about a dozen times now, and finally decided to
give it a rating here on IMDb: 10/10.
The movie is so close to flawless, so brilliant in it's depiction of real people, so well put together that I find myself just dumbfounded every time I watch it. Like another reviewer, I find myself moved to tears by the poignancy of the struggles these people have to make something special and beautiful out of literally nothing. Life is hard for most of the people on this planet, and the continuous beatdowns take their toll, yet somehow, people find the courage, the will, to keep on keeping on and trying to create order out of the chaos. The depiction of this situation in this movie is inspiring.
The characters are the lowest of the low, stuck in horrible lives, in terrible conditions, and cognizant of it. Yet they find inspiration in their desperation, find the strength to keep struggling, even when it seems that every turn is a dead end. Like Sisyphus, they never give up, never let the boulder force them back down the mountain, and it is this indomitable characteristic in all the main players that keeps you watching, keeps you interested, keeps you caring about them and what will happen to them.
Amazing performances from all involved, great direction, great script, AWESOME music and a realistic feel that really hasn't much existed since the great films of the 1970s; this movie is one of very few that I will ever call flawless.
Hustle and Flow is a very good come-up story of a small town southern pimp slash small time drug dealer D-Jay and the people in his life who help him along the way to realize his goal of making it in the rap game. D-jay is at a mid-life crisis in his life and is looking for a way out and a way up in the rap business. Terreance Howard gives a great performance as D-Jay a very believable character, also giving a good performance is Taryn Manning as Nola, D-Jays main girl in his stable of women. Every one else in the film gives a good performance too even usually over the top character actors DJ Qualls and Anthony Anderson give more realistic performances.Good soundtrack very original. Good directing and writing by Craig Brewer. Even though this film takes place in modern day it has the feel of a 70's blaxploitation soul cinema film, a genre i am a huge fan of. I like this film the most in the recent genre of rap musician life movies that have come out around the same time i.e. Get rich or die trying and 8 Mile. I am not a huge fan of rap music but this film and it's music is very believable and it captures you're attention from the start and holds it until the end, definitely worth the viewing.
This movie was quite a surprise. Terrence Howard definitely made himself a name for his inspiring performance as an all around "hustler" rapper. This movie is packed with vulgar language, sexuality, and drug use, but it illustrates the hard knock life of a hustler. This is an excellent movie to watch. No kids in the room just a warning. But overall, a great movie. If you're into the hip hop lifestyle then this movie is definitely for you. If you don't like the hip hop lifestyle then maybe its not for you, but even my friend from Europe liked it. Therefore it does apply to all audiences near and far. You can pick up this movie from your local Family Video in the 2 for $1 section so go pick this movie out next time your out.
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