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|Production country:||USA 2019|
|Running time:||Ca. 111 Min|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
New York at the beginning of the 2000s: The young Destiny (Constance Wu) tries to make it with a job in one of the hottest strip clubs of the city. In the beginning she doesn't really want to succeed. Only when she takes Ramona (Jennifer Lopez), the star dancer of the club, under her wing, does Destiny also go uphill. She learns from Ramona how to pull as many dollars as possible out of the pockets of men - mostly heavyweight stockbrokers from Wall Street. As a team, the two are unbeatable and Destiny earns more money than she ever dared to dream. But then comes the big crash of 2008 and with it also their lucrative source of income seeps away. The dream seems to be over. But the women don't admit defeat that quickly. After a short break they find each other again and together with their colleagues Mercedes (Keke Palmer) and Annabelle (Lili Reinhart) they manage to take their customers out of the past once again. But the more successful they become with it, the more they seem to lose control of their not exactly legal business…
Based on true events, "Hustlers" tells of a group of women who skillfully exploit the weakness of men who feel extremely strong themselves in order to lead a life of luxury and self-determination. That's very well played, especially by Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez. And Lorene Scafaria also understands very well how to season the whole thing with a lot of tempo, a winking joke and a good portion of eroticism, so that at the end there is an entertaining work, whose message, however, is a little bit doubtful. Because even if most of the men who are ripped off by the ladies are real disgust with whom you really have no pity, the ladies here clearly commit a crime that should not be glorified.
Now you can counter that in most Heist movies the crooks are stylized into heroes. Sure, but movies like "Ocean`s 11" or the female counterpart "Ocean`s 8" are pure fiction, while "Hustlers" is based on a real case. Of course, reality is also exaggerated here. Nevertheless, a more differentiated view of women's criminal energy would have been desirable. Apart from that, the movie is really good entertainment cinema. It shows how easy it is to succumb to the temptation for fast money and how quickly money can also become a real test of a friendship.
And that's exactly what "Hustlers" is all about: It is the story of a friendship born out of necessity that seems to be the only truth in a world full of illusions and lies. In this respect the whole thing works really well, especially as you are reminded once more that Jennifer Lopez can be a really good actress. As a retelling of a true story a little bit questionable, as pure cinema entertainment more than successful and therefore also: Absolutely worth seeing!
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