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The Hustle (2008)

R | | Comedy | 6 July 2011 (USA)
Disenchanted pest sprayer and single dad Freddie Manning is always trying to hustle a tiny bit more from his disappointing life when he suffers a series of setbacks that puts him in the ... See full summary »

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Freddy Manning
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Nikki
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Rich Woman
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Rev. Isaac Montgomery Paid
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Dog Thief
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Metermaid (as Luenell Campbell)
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Dee aka Dwayne
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Miss Tanya
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Mama
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Sandwich Man
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Asian Store Clerk
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Asian Thug #2
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Disenchanted pest sprayer and single dad Freddie Manning is always trying to hustle a tiny bit more from his disappointing life when he suffers a series of setbacks that puts him in the unlikely position of his biggest hustle yet. It all starts when he falls upon a large sum of mob money, which Freddie and his cynical, naysaying best friend, Junior, lose in a crazy chase through the city. Freddie and Junior are left owing Asian crime boss Toshiba Ohara and his spicy daughter, Han, $10,000 ~ in seven days! The pair don't know what to do until they're mistaken for the Replacement Ministers expected at a struggling, run-down Baptist church during a pest call. They trade their Bug World outfits for minister robes and soon are inspiring the tiny but enthusiastic church into a fevered fundraising campaign. Freddie knows nothing about preaching, but his hilarious, straight-from-the-heart sermons seem to touch people and no one is more surprised than Freddie when his fake healings become real... Written by Anonymous

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Crude and disrespectful to religion, but presents a message of faith anyway
24 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

Junior Walker and Freddy are exterminators. Freddy still lives with his mother, who is raising Freddy's daughter and wishes her son would grow up. As a result of a wild chase, Freddy accidentally caused the Chinese mob to lose $10,000, and the mob want their money back in a week--or else! The guys get a painful demonstration of what could happen.

One of the company's clients is the predominantly African-American Bethel Baptist Church, whose pastor is old and fat, and his second-in-command is eager to replace him. The pastor mistakes the exterminators for replacement pastors that he had asked for, and they don't deny that's who they are. The pastor ends up in the hospital in a coma, so Freddy and Junior take over as pastors, to the dismay of Brother Efrom, who has them checked out.

Freddy, who admires the work of greedy and charismatic TV preacher Rev. Isaac Montgomery Paid, sees a perfect way to make money. Easter is a week away, and Freddy sets a goal for the struggling congregation. Only a few people show up the first Sunday, but people like Freddy a lot, and while they don't give at first, Freddy is very persuasive and goes out into the community. Derrick, one of the few white people at this church (and maybe the only one) offers to put some life into the church's lame band.

So will Freddy succeed? Not just in raising the money but in remaking the church.

This movie has its good points. While Freddy's intentions are less than honorable, he does good work in the process. It is true that this movie does not have a lot of respect for Christian values. But most of the characters seem genuine in their faith, in the sense that they are holier than thou and their own sins aren't as but as other people's. That's about as genuine as you will usually find in Hollywood.

David Alan Grier is the standout performer, and I do mean performer. The TV preacher only appears on TV screens.

John Witherspoon, who is great as the President's Dad in "The First Family", plays a barber. I liked seeing him here.

I have to wonder why, a week before Easter, no mention was made of Palm Sunday, or Maundy Thursday, or Good Friday.

I saw a cleaned-up version but it is obvious this film is vile and filthy.

Is it a movie with a faith message? Yes, in a sense it is.


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