"Hustlers" Isn't The Fun Movie It's Made Out To Be

It's a documentary-style expose' that's better suited for pay-for-view

Terri Lee-Sylvester
September 13, 2019 - 2:40 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - You either hustle or get hustled. That pretty much sums up the "Hustlers" storyline.

The movie, starring Jennifer Lopez, is inspired by true events. It's about a group of strippers who form a sisterhood and bond together following the 2008 crash on Wall Street. The women, who have been raking in plenty of green, are looking for a way to keep the money rolling in so they can maintain their standard of living. The leader of the group is Ramona, the club's top money earner. Her partner-in-crime, so to speak, is the much younger Destiny, who had been struggling to get on top until Ramona started tutoring her.  The two recruit several other dancers to join them, with all of the ladies living large: driving fancy cars, wearing expensive clothes and living in lavish homes. 

Since the Wall Street tycoons who had been frequenting the club have stopped throwing money around like they once did, the women decide that the best way to get them back into the club is to go out, find them and then bring them back to the club to show them the time of their lives. And the men who fall prey to their scheme definitely get far more then they bargained for; largely because they've been drugged and don't know what's happening to them. When the men finally get wise to what's happened, most don't do anything about it because they don't want anyone else to find out about it, especially if they're married.

As for the strippers, they rationalize that they aren't doing anything wrong because the men wanted a good time and that's what they got. But no one believed that more than Ramona, who just kept going for more and more and more, even at the expense of her friendship with Destiny.

What started out looking like it was going to be a fun movie quickly turned into an expose'. That would be more than fine if that's what the audience were expecting. However, based on the trailers, most people are probably looking for something more fun. So, for that reason, I'm going to recommend that moviegoers sit this one out and wait for the download.  Oh, there is one more reason to pass on this flick: if you're a Cardi B fan and you're excited about seeing her in this movie, your excitement will wane after about 10 minutes because her appearance is just a little more than a cameo.

Cardi B and Constance Wu star in HUSTLERS

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