The empowering wrongdoing adventure, directed by Lorene Scafaria and inspired by evident occasions, debuted at the Toronto Film Festival on Saturday night to a grateful group of spectators. Jennifer Lopez stars as a veteran stripper called Ramona who leads a gathering of more youthful strippers into an existence of wrongdoing as an exit from destitution.
Flashy fleshy and all-around impossible to ignore, “Hustlers” amounts to nothing less than a cultural moment inspired by an outrageous New York Magazine profile (which serves as the sturdy six-inch stilettos on which the movie stands) adapted by writer-director Lorene Scafaria at her most Scorsese and starring Jennifer Lopez like you’re never seen her before.
This entire nation’s a strip club. You have individuals hurling the cash and individuals doing the move Lopez’s Ramona reveals to Julia Stiles on the whole business, Bourne Identity mode who plays an adaptation of nonjudgmental columnist Jessica Pressler, researching the case. For all intents and purposes everybody in “Tricksters” is playing some variant of a genuine individual, despite the fact that Stiles is just about the one and only one (of the ladies, at any rate) whose throwing doesn’t add up to a million-dollar makeover.
The individuals doing the move here are almost all names from Insane Rich Asians star Constance Wu and Riverdale young lady nearby Lili Reinhardt to supporting players Keke Palmer, Cardi B and Lizzo which all things considered compliments a calling recently thought shocking.
Cardi B, who sadly is in the movie very little, adds some spunk to the film. But what truly stands out is Scafaria’s script as it weaves through the complicated storyline and never delves into the right or wrong of hustling. Instead it’s an empowerment tale about women doing what they can to support themselves and their families.
Yes, the ladies are doing highly illegal stuff, but you root for them anyway. With their victims are the worst kind of Wall Street guys, the movie is an unexpected crowd pleaser. Plus, the soundtrack will leave you bopping in your seat to songs like Britney Spears’ Gimme More.
The first people to see the finished film at the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday were heard raving about it on the way out of the Roy Thomson Hall.