Get that money
Destiny (Constance Wu) is a dancer trying to make ends meet at a strip club when her fellow dancer, Ramona (Jennifer Lopez) takes her under her wing. They devise a scheme to take advantage of the Wall Street employees who frequent their clubs.
When I first saw the trailer for Hustlers, I wasn't interested. Then all the strong reviews at TIFF convinced me to go check it out and I have to say there was a good movie in there, but I still left expecting a lot more with the praise thrown at this.
The most interesting aspect of this film to me is that Destiny is recounting her tale to a reporter, Elizabeth. (Julia Stiles) Since it deals with the 2008 financial crisis, that format almost makes this feel like The Big Short from another angle. But I kept thinking there must be more. Aside from Destiny, we really don't learn much about the other women in this story. They touch on sisterhood well, and but I wished they had spent more time on the fallout of this scheme. I felt like they gave the basic facts to get by.
Wu is great here. After seeing her in Crazy Rich Asians (I haven't seen her popular series, Fresh Off The Boat) we all know she could carry this. Jennifer Lopez is fine. Her athletic ability is more than impressive but I also felt I've seen this before. I'm not getting the Oscar buzz feel that everyone else is.
Ultimately, I think I fell victim to festival hype and reverted back to my initial expectations. This isn't a bad movie by any means, there's a lot of good things about it. I'm very happy for how successful it's been so far, it just wasn't outstanding.
Memorable quote: "Motherhood is a mental illness." - Ramona (Jennifer Lopez)