In the 90's we had duel stripper movies Showgirls and striptease . It says a lot that Showgirls is considered to be both a more accurate and a higher quality film. I don't want to put a band so low for Hustlers . He compares favorably with good films and is one of Jennifer Lopez's best. The Hustlers succeed because they do not seek title, and this helps to have a compelling true story behind it.
Hustlers has a methodology Goodfellas / Wolf of Wall Street that teaches the audience how strip clubs work, how the Wall Street boys work, and once again Ramona deepens. This is a sort of Fate Training Day even though it lasts more than 24 hours. Jennifer Lopez has the corrupt role of Denzel Washington's mentor.
Any industry can be fascinating when you make it a movie. Writer / director Loren Scarafia is not on the shores of dancers, money, parties and shopping. She emphasizes the ingenuity that Ramona brings to her niche.
Hustlers cross the line
When the economic crisis hit in 2008, the bubble burst for everyone. We do not often think of underground companies that have dried up. If everyone loses all their money, no one can afford to go to a strip club and there are dancers who depend on this regular clientele. So Ramona finds her clients.
Romona, Destiny, Mercedes (Keke Palmer) and Annabel (Lily Reinhart) begin catching boys from the street, drinking them at a bar and then offering a strip club where they can load their VIP dances to their credit cards. Ramona also drugged the boys with ketamine and MDMA. It is there that I feel it crosses the line and everyone can have their own lines.
I have no problem with boys fishing off the street. Then it's their call if they want to date these strangers, but the movie shows that many guys are saved when Ramona presses too hard. After putting drugs into her, she no longer works with the boys. She Just Steals
She targets Wall Street types, accusing them of stealing from people and letting others out of work, but it's like Desire of Death where Paul Kersey goes after random sages, but not and the real ones that attack his family. It is financial vigilance.
Jennifer Lopez has fun being bad at Hustlers
Like all great crime movies, Hustlers is fun, even when the crime gets more serious. The film deals with the dangers and morals of drug dealing, regardless of theft. Ramona and Destiny also suffer through the trials and mistakes of preparing the right mix of roofi. Boys become more aggressive, which is a danger of leaving the safety of a club with dropouts.
The horse system only gets more compelling when Ramona talks to the guys who call her after seeing their credit card statement. What will they do to tell their wives how they are charged so much money? Dancers have clever ways to learn personal information about passwords and security issues, though I think most of the boys would be smart enough not to respond if they were sober.
The Hustlers crash is the most touching  In most of these crime stories, the system is perfect and only takes away the greed and hooligans of criminals. Henry Hill gave up on his own product. Gangsters Casino makes too much noise. They could continue operating under the radar if they stopped picking up battles. Ramona's fraud has never been persistent.
With a fraud like hers, every client can only escape once. They will not keep coming back. In the end, Ramona will run out of customers or potentially run away from everyone in New York until no one is left. Each scenario in Hustlers is temporary and Ramona then devises a new system to correct. Jealousy and betrayal also threaten her crew, but this has never been built to continue, even if everyone is completely humble and well-behaved.
I see suitable parallels between Ramona's fraud and the fraud she fights. The economic crisis happened because Wall Street's investment schemes and the under-performing mortgage industry were not sustainable. Likewise, Ramona's revenge was not sustainable. She could only make a quick buck before the balloon burst for her.
The Female Look of "Hustlers"
Hustlers is a sexy movie. There are beautiful women who have trained hard to perform acrobatic dance moves. The fact that a woman directs it makes Hustlers unique to 99% of all other stripper films ever made (although Katt Shea is also in the 1% for Stripped to Kill ). I'm probably not qualified to declare the differences definitively, but I definitely noticed the female eye of the ladies.
Sapharia's strip club scenes are about movement, the beauty of women, not seeing the naked parts. The most brilliant shot in the film is Ramona pausing to smoke on a rooftop-covered roof. Skafaria films women entering each room in slow motion. Honestly, it makes me feel better than their admiration. I feel certain that I am not involved in the exploitation of Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Keke Palmer or Lily Reinhart while watching Hustlers .
Where's Cardy B in The Hustlers
A warning to Cardi B fans. It's everywhere in the trailers, and this consists of most of the screen time. She and Face are many gums in Hustlers . They are good accents in the movie, but Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Keke Palmer and Lily Reinhart are the stars.
If you are a fan of any of these women, or of women at all, or of people who do interesting things, Hustlers is a compelling crime story. Even if you do your homework and read how the story ends, it's still worth the ride.