“Hustlers” earned the nod of critics who saw its premiere showing at the Toronto International Film Festival last September 07, 2019. Financially backed by STXfilms, the new movie follows a storyline inspired by a magazine article written in 2015 by journalist Jessica Pressler, originally titled “The Hustlers at Scores.” The characters and scenes belonged to the 2008 recession period, when Wall Street crimes had once again brought down the U.S. economy in which many found themselves losing decent-paying jobs.
Here, “Crazy Rich Asians” star Constance Wu is in a role that has to deal with money problems. “Hustlers” had Wu turning to striptease dancing as a way of supplementing funds she badly needed just to make ends meet.
Although the movie top-billed Constance Wu for playing the lead role, critics believe Jennifer Lopez’s commanding presence made a lot of difference in bringing to life an otherwise simple plot. Pressler’s “Hustlers” tale is about strippers banding together as modern-day female Robin Hoods. They resorted to stealing from moneyed creeps when the strip bar had stepped up operations by running a prostitution den, as well.
Jennifer Lopez Still Bankable as a Dramatic Performer
Despite her age, Jennifer Lopez still has that power to invoke her commanding sensual presence. One of the highlights of the movie is Jennifer’s solo performance as a pole dancer, in which she showed she still has what it takes to carry out a pole act and own it.
Apparently, Lorene Scafaria had no difficulty directing Lopez for playing Ramona, the veteran striptease dancer who mentored the inexperienced Dorothy played by Constance Wu. Two and a half months before the filming, Jennifer Lopez underwent pole dance training, which enabled her to do pole routines without a stand-in double.
As Ramona later transitioned into becoming the leader who schemed on how to steal from their wealthy clientele, director Lorene Scafaria was obviously inspired by the way Lopez is influencing other actresses cast as strippers. Riverdale actress Lili Reinhart, uprising singers Cardi B and Lizzo, albeit in appearing small strip teaser roles were a delight to view and behold in their respective scenes.
The movie of course had to have a conclusion where crimes do not pay. Thankfully, Lorene Scafaria, who also wrote the script was talented enough to give the movie a good ending, and make the audience feel satisfied.