Steamy. Comical. Scandalous. What do these words have in common? They perfectly describe the movie the Hustlers starring Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Keke Palmer, and Lili Reinhart and appearances by Cardi B and Lizzo. The movie tells the story of Destiny (Constance Wu), a struggling exotic dancer who hopes to make it to the top. She befriends the Queen Bee of the club Ramona (Jennifer Lopez) who takes her under her wing. When the recession hits, they team up along with some of their coworkers to deceive and scam wealthy businessmen.
If you want to witness a natural-born star work her magic, watch Jennifer Lopez’s opening number as Ramona. She enters the stage in a dazzling silver one piece and an enchanting look in her eye. She glides and shimmies across the stage while Wall Street businessmen throw money at her.
This is the moment where we are introduced to who Ramona is and why she is at the top of the totem pole and she does not disappoint. Having prepared to pole dance two months prior to filming, something extremely difficult to master, J Lo’s performance not only was captivating but absolutely flawless. It was because of this, it was easy to feel the energy Jennifer Lopez ignited through the movie screen.
Aside from the buzz surrounding J Lo (obviously), Constance Wu, Lili Reinhart, and Keke Palmer portray women who refuse to stop pursuing what they want and will do anything to gain it. It’s because of this, the deadly quartet becomes greedy and their plans begin to fall apart.
The movie showcases the lives of exotic dancers and highlights the highs and lows of the industry. It brings into perspective why some are doing what they are doing.
As a whole, Hustlers makes you feel connected with the four main characters and by the end, you feel a moral tug between what’s good and what’s bad. It provides a better insight into the stripper community without being judgmental or shady. Hustlers, if anything, shows the women empowering one another, making the movie a must-see.
Read the article written by Jessica Pressler for the New York magazine that inspired the movie Hustlers here.