‘Hustlers’ review: All women cast and crew cash in


Photo courtesy of Getty/GETTY – Jennifer Lopez stars alongside a team of knock out women in the new movie “Hustlers.”

From her high-energy and fiery 1997 breakout “Selena” performance, to kicking ass in 2002’s “Enough” and stealing the hearts of many in 2015’s “The Boy Next Door,” none compare to Jennifer Lopez’s sensationally sexy and commanding lead performance of Romona Vega in the new “Hustlers” movie. A sexually charged film that revolves around a central message of sisterhood and empowerment in its all-star studded, all female cast.

“This city, this whole country, is a strip club,” Vega says. “You’ve got people tossing the money, and people doing the dance.”

The movie is based off a New York magazine article that was inspired by the lives of Samantha Barbash and Roselyn Keo, bar hostesses at a famous strip club in New York. The film begins in 2007 with Destiny (Constance Wu) who is driven by the need to support her elderly grandmother and is introduced as the establishments’ newest attraction. She is somewhat confident in her own ability to perform, but in an effort to make more money, confides in the illustrious Vega, a juggernaut at the Show Palace who oozes a high sex-appeal, gesturing for her to “get in my fur.”

Grossing $33.1 million and bumping and grinding to a second-place box office opening weekend, “Hustlers” is a naughty, funny and emotional rollercoaster that takes viewers into the unforgiving world of drugs, money, seduction and the absurd greed and power that could come from it all.

Vega tells Destiny, “The game is rigged, and it doesn’t reward people who play by the rules,” as the scam — wooing wealthy men then drugging them to potentially drain the life out of their company and personal credit cards — is now being tested in the midst of the Stock Market crash in 2008. The dollars are dried out, prompting the two women, alongside Mercedes (Keke Palmer) and Annabelle (Lili Reinhart), to formulate a modern day “take from the rich and give to the poor” scheme against the Wall Street’s elite.

“Hustlers” was written, produced and directed by women and it is turning out to be a bonafide success.

Although the movie has a very touching and impactful message of comradery and the efforts of women being in control, according to DGO Entertainment, some viewers deem the movie as “too raunchy,” “overly sexualized” and “just a movie about strippers drugging men.” Writer/director Lorene Scafaria and Lopez think that the film and the women involved who helped create the world brings a new and positive dynamic to how films are created in Hollywood.

“Having all women on the set, in front of the camera, behind the camera and behind the scenes with producers,” said Lopez says to Hollywood reporter, “it’s definitely a different experience and not something that happens every day in Hollywood. So this was a beautiful thing in that it was really equal.”

The movies opening weekends have been a big buzz, ranking #2 and pulling in over $33 million. “Hustlers” has now become J-Lo’s largest box office opening film, ahead of her 2005’s “Monster-in-Law,” grossing $23 million in its first week.