‘Hustlers’ Is A Striking And Liberating Form Of Sharply-Woven Feminism
R. A. M. O. N. A.
Leader and mama-bear of a tribe of exotic, ingenue dancers, a money-centric yet solicitous pole-dancing extraordinaire with years of talent oozing out.
When Wall Street plummets in 2008, mama bear Ramona, who I’m hoping will adopt me one day, steps up to protect her cubs in a striking and liberating form of sharply-woven feminism — they collectively predate and dupe sleazy fat cats and fighting for survival.
A sharp, dignified sense of female empowerment seeps through the film’s floorboards in what ends up being an honest look at post-recession chaos across the more ‘hushed’ pockets of the entertainment capital. Interestingly enough, ‘Hustlers’ is based on New York magazine’s article ‘The Hustlers at Scores: The Ex-Strippers Who Stole From (Mostly) Rich Men and Gave to, Well, Themselves’ by Jessica Pressler.
Jennnifer Lopez has truly come into her own, and is a force to be reckoned with; despite unfortunately being snubbed at the Oscars, this is a terrific comeback after a few rather deep dents in her filmography.
Part of my ‘ 5-minute review’ series