At first glance, the movie Hustlers looks like a movie about strippers — and who would not want to see that?
After just two weeks in theatres, the star-studded movie received an 88 per cent positive review from Rotten Tomatoes and a 67 per cent positive audience score. However, the trailer does not do this movie the justice it deserves.
The biggest reason to go see this movie is because of the queen herself: any role that Jennifer Lopez is given she dominates. With her leading the charge, followed by Constance Wu, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Lizzo and Cardi B, it was obvious that this movie was going to be packed to the brim with women empowerment.
It definitely lived up to that expectation.
I highly recommend checking out Hustlers in theatres. All I will say is it has an amazing cast and award-winning acting. This movie will make you laugh, scream and think you can be a stripper that scams Wall Street bankers as well.
The movie is set during the 2008 recession, and tells the story of Destiny, an inexperienced stripper who teams up with Ramona, one of the most popular strippers at the club they both work at.
They band together with many other strippers, including their new protégées Mercedes and Anabelle, and begin targeting rich men at bars, escorting them to the club they work at, stealing their credit card numbers and charging them to their credit limit.
At first, it seems like the ladies are greedy and “typical women” who just want money to go shopping, but as the movie progresses, the details of every character’s personal lives come out in the open, and it is shown that this money is the only and the best source of income they can receive during this time.
At the beginning of the movie, it was comedy filled, and one could see the constant theme of women supporting other women — which is not something that is seen in the film industry often.
There were also many beautiful moments captured between the women where their relationship was developing from being girlfriends to a family. All the way until the end of the movie did the women support one another and made sure that they were all successful enough to go home and support their families.
Female empowerment and gender role-reversal were the two major themes that caught my attention during this movie. Lorene Scafaria, the movie’s writer and director, did an amazing job of keeping the relationships between the women positive and uplifting, rather than creating a drama-filled movie, which is what we usually see in theatres.
Throughout the entire movie, you can witness the swell of acceptance between the women, and in the end, they realized that all of the conflicts were caused by being blinded by the love they had for each other.
Both Destiny and Ramona were shown as the breadwinners of their families throughout the movie, which played into the traditional role reversal. The entire movie also showed women as the stronger gender, because the women were able to deceive the men with ease.
Another major point that stood out to me was the fact that there were no major roles in the movie that were portrayed by men, a factor I found that set the movie apart from the others in the same genre.
To wrap it up, I highly recommend checking out Hustlers in theatres. All I will say is it has an amazing cast and award-winning acting. This movie will make you laugh, scream and think you can be a stripper that scams Wall Street bankers as well.
Also, even if these reasons do not appeal to you, or maybe you just do not want to see a movie about strippers, the soundtrack is incredible, from start to finish — so at least give that a listen.