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Hustle & Flow (2005)

R | | Crime, Drama, Music | 22 July 2005 (USA)
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With help from his friends, a Memphis pimp in a mid-life crisis attempts to become a successful hip-hop emcee.

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 25 wins & 46 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Djay
... Key
... Nola
... Shug
... Shelby (as D.J. Qualls)
... Skinny Black
... Lexus
... Yevette
... Arnel
... Tigga
William Engram ... Slobs (as William 'Poon' Engram)
Bobby Sandimanie ... Yellow Jacket (as Bobby 'I-20' Sandimanie)
Haystak ... Mickey
Claude Phillips ... Harold
... Elroy
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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

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Everybody gotta have a dream. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Music

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

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22 July 2005 (USA)  »

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Ritmo de un sueño  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,017,808, 24 July 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$22,201,636, 20 November 2005
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Lindsay Roberts makes a brief appearance as Harper, reprising a role she played in Craig Brewer's first film, The Poor & Hungry (2000). See more »

Goofs

When Djay and Nola are in the car in the opening scene, the view of the john from their back window shows the window rolled down 10-12 inches. A moment later, when Nola exits the car to get into the john's car, the same window is open about 1 inch. See more »

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Lexus: I ain't workin' day shift no more, D. I don't care if I have to catch a taxi ride home. I ain't workin with these stank ass, trucker bait hoes no more.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Matt Dillon/Arctic Monkeys (2006) See more »

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Under The Mountain
Written by Jason Freeman
Performed by Jason Freeman
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close to real life
23 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

A very good film. I have noted criticism that the film slips into formula in its second half; true. But the situation is so bleak for these characters, I doubt that American audiences would have accepted a more believable ending; and, after all, there were far worse "happy" endings that it avoids.

The gritty staging, the solid no-frills camera-work and editing, and some really excellent performances make this well worth the effort to confront dishonest characters struggling to find some sort of integrity in their efforts to survive and succeed. These characters are not likable - none of them are, they each have a tic that denies them total sympathy from the audience. But they are all very human for that, and so ultimately win our respect if not approval.

Among the actors, two performances especially shine. Terrence Howard as DJay shows timing and expression worthy of much older, more "schooled" actors. Anthony Anderson is a real and pleasant surprise; stuck in character roles for the past decade, Anderson has become a real annoyance to me, as the usual character he plays is really excessive, a caricature. In this role, he is allowed to just act, and he delivers a wholly believable multifaceted performance.

Hollywood has been producing such bad films that saying this film is among the best released this year may not be saying much (there are real and undeniable weaknesses to the film). Nonetheless, on the whole, the film is a commendable and rewarding effort to present a drama involving human beings living close to real life, and not cartoons. I credit that effort, and recommend a viewing.


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