In an October 2019 interview with Backstage magazine, Constance Wu said this film isn't just important for women, it's something men with sexist attitudes have needed to see for a long time. "America likes to shame women for existing as anything other than child-bearers or sexual objects. That's why it's a good time for men: They finally get to see stories that don't do that. I think it's a really good time for men--not because of employment opportunities, but because they finally get to see stories they have been robbed of, stories that actually humanize women." See more »
When Ramona is about to be arrested, she is removing cash from an ATM. In the window, there is a reflection of the police car stopping behind her and, while Ramona is turning around, the police hit the siren and lights. The reflection shows the doors on the car never open, much less anyone outside the vehicle. Scene cuts to Ramona's point of view and the squad car's passenger door is open with 7 policeman standing around it pointing their guns at her. See more »
I've seen this film getting constant hate before it's release and I honestly did not understand why and upon watching it for myself, I really don't understand. Hustlers is one of the most surprising films of the year with an intriguing true story and stellar performances with a possible career best performance from Jennifer Lopez.
The film follows a group of strippers as they hustler their way to the top to get back at Wall Street men that frequent their club as they try to make their lives better. It's a simple story, there's nothing particularly flashy about it and that's what works about it.
Hustlers settles for something interesting, but never goes into the gritty details and that's perfectly fine. It's just trying to have a lot of fun with itself and that is brought out by these performances. Constance Wu continues her great work in this film and truly is the heart of the film and her friendship with Jennifer Lopez's character is phenomenal. Speaking of Lopez she is excellent in this film. She gives an unhinged performance that only she could have pulled off in this way.
The film manages to be fun and enjoyable while also touching on ideas of poverty and the 99%. It's never super deep, but it doesn't seem to be going for that. It's unhinged at times and can be a funny film as well. It just manages to work and flow into a very entertaining ride.
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