I have to start by saying that the cast in this film is absolutely extraordinary. Constance Wu and J-Lo dominate the screen, but every single side character that pops up is entertaining as can be. Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Dov Davidoff, Trace Lysette, Mette Towley, Mercedes Ruehl, G-Eazy, Cardi B, Lizzo, and fucking Usher! This film is packed with tough decision making while showcasing a tremendous amount of style. Scafaria really has an eye for what’s aesthetically pleasing.
Hustlers is based on an article from 2015 that chronicles some high dollar transactions made at some strip clubs in 2013. It truly is a great article and you can easily find it on the internet. My main problem and really my only problem with the film is the pacing. When you are jumping from year to year, transitioning is important and whoever took part in constructing that part of the film clearly didn’t care too much.
Some of the real women that Hustlers is based on have come out and said the movie is bullshit, which of course happens all the damn time when the characters don’t make you look too good. These characters are portrayed as strippers who decided to take matters into their own hands. I think they are badass because they are completely rebellious against rich Wall Street dudes. Someone has to steal from them right? Hustlers certainly isn’t for everyone, but like I said, it’s filled with wonderful performances and style. Scafaria hasn’t ever been this in your face, and I’m personally excited to see what other forgotten stories she decides to tell us.