Movie Review - Hustlers (2019)
This film though is more ambitious than something like Magic Mike. The film reaches for more in the way that The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) or The Big Short (2015) reached for more. This film is about the 2008 financial crisis and the greed from those involved, as well as the fact those involved really weren't punished. The only ones hurt were those on the lower end of the economic spectrum, the working-class. It's about those who take retribution on those Wall Street types, but it's through the prism of women versus men, the battle of the sexes. It's about female friendships at the same time. It puts the film in line with recent films along those same lines, such as Molly's Game (2017), Ocean's Eight (2018), Widows (2018) and The Kitchen (2019).
She meets a veteran in the nightclub named Ramona Vega, played by Jennifer Lopez. Ramona takes Destiny under her wing and shows her how to dance better, as well as how to manipulate the men who come to the nightclub, especially the men who work on Wall Street. Ramona has developed tricks in order to get those men to pay thousands of dollars at the club. After the recession hits, following the financial crisis, she has to resort to even more insidious tactics to get money from these men. Her tactics turn to criminality where she's basically stealing from these guys.
The camaraderie between the women could have been played up more. The friendship between Destiny and Ramona is the main focus and that friendship is developed the most. It's so much more developed than the so-called friendship in Magic Mike. It is perhaps even more developed than the friendship between Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill's characters in The Wolf of Wall Street, but the great and even incredible humor in that film gives it more of an advantage. There is good humor here, but it's not as funny.
Rated R for pervasive sexual material, drug content, language and nudity.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 50 mins.