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Cinema: Hustlers

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Directed by Lorene Scafaria, starring Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez, and based on an article by Jessica Pressler. The article detailed a true-crime story in NYC – where former strip club employees banded together to target the pockets of a group of sleazy Wall Street clients. You can still access the original article if you are interested in reading it.

Jessica Pressler admits, while writing the article, that her main subject – known as Rosie – didn’t always tell the truth. And although this is a true story, it is hard to gauge how much of it is true, if  based solely on the article.

The film focuses on the exhilarating manipulation of the Wall Street brokers, and the high-flying life that the theft enabled the strip club employees to live. However, it doesn’t really explore the emotional nuances for each protagonist, in terms of how they felt during the whole process, and it glosses over the final outcome and consequences of it all. Although the performances are good – especially from Lopez. If the story had dug a little deeper into the inner workings of each character, it would have elevated the movie.

Having said that, it is without a doubt, a feel good (in an illegal sort of way) film, that highlights female power and bold ambition. A very entertaining film.

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