An era-defining film that Hollywood didn’t know it needed; Hustlers is female empowerment writ large as J-Lo and co. strut their stuff.
Adapted from a magazine article about a scam perpetrated by a group of dancers at a New York strip club, Lorene Scafaria’s wildly entertaining comedy offers both a welcome twist in the crime thriller genre, and a “I can’t believe this actually happened” true-story drama in one clever and subverting package.
“This whole country’s a strip club.” This is the grand philosophy of dancer Ramona (Lopez) you’re either the ones throwing the money, or you’re the ones catching it from a pole. The original article frames the women in a Robin Hood contest; drugging and robbing Wall Street one creep at a time to afford a better life for themselves and their families at a time of financial disarray. Here, it plays out with the slickness of a Steven Soderbergh thriller; this all sounds headier than Hustlers’ marketing would have you believe, but rest assured this is a tremendously entertaining film, and one of the year’s sleeper hits. (research Jack Whiting) We pushed for it, and now it’s whispered for awards. So come sisters, you wont be sorry. So don’t miss it now.