When I heard that Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Cardi B and Keke Palmer were about to be in a movie together, I knew that I would soon be in a movie theater having the time of my life.
Hustlers is a movie based on a New York Magazine article about former-stripper and savvy entrepreneur, Rosie. Though the film mainly revolves around a group of strippers who were drugging rich men in order to charge large amounts of money on their credit cards, I still found it all to be coming back to a story of friendship. Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu were absolute magic together.
Through this intricate and criminal saga, we witnessed a beautiful and complicated friendship develop. At times it started feeling like I was watching the kind of love story that I’ve been waiting to see on screen. Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu, each played the ups and downs of a deep friendship perfectly.
It’s refreshing to see Jennifer Lopez finally be given a project that is worthy of her talent. I think we can all collectively agree that J. Lo’s filmography leaves much to be desired. Hey! I like a cheesy rom-coms as much as the next guy but if J. Lo wasn’t playing an Italian woman (!!!) then she was running away from a ridiculously-large Anaconda and honestly, I could do without both of those films. Yet, in Hustlers she provided a range that has been missing since her portrayal of Selena.
Constance Wu provides emotional depth to any project she’s attached to and her part in the chemistry between her and J. Lo was palpable. Constance is the reason why I quickly found myself rooting for these women who used the capitalist system in their favor. However, it wasn’t just the leads that made this film so special; Keke Palmer, Lizzo, Cardi B and Lili Reinhart were the perfect supporting cast and the energy came through perfectly on the screen.
It’s refreshing to watch a film that allows sex workers to stand in their truth. Hustlers allowed the women to take control of their own narrative and assert the power that they’ve had all along. Though the story was centered around a crime that these women committed, I found myself rooting for them the entire time (which may say more about me than it does about them).
The film is currently getting a lot of Oscar buzz and honestly, why not? Hustlers told a cohesive story and the cast provided exemplary performances that should be worthy of awards. As previously mentioned, J. Lo’s past performances tend to fall short but who are we to say that she is the only one to blame for that? We should celebrate the fact that she was finally given a project that can showcase her properly.
Oscar-worthy or not, this film is worth a girls night out with your friends!