Review: Hustlers

26 Nov 19

Rocking good time

HUSTLERS takes an all-female spin on Martin Scorsese’s GOODFELLAS (1990).

Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, HUSTLERS rocks its “female GOODFELLAS” structure, and really does has something to say.

It’s as if OCEANS 8 were actually made well, with more than just a “look – we have women in the roles men played!” conceit.

Based on a true story, this tale of strippers fleecing their Wall Street clients is entertaining, snappy, smart and, despite the homage to Scorsese’s gangster flicks, manages to come off as vibrant, original and full of interesting characters.

Stand-out performances by Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu, with solid support from Julia Stiles, Cardi B., Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart and Lizzo.

Funny, fast-paced, timely, slick and superbly produced, HUSTLERS shows that you can rip off Scorsese movies by way of stealing from the best, AND make a movie that both has something to say and offers entertainment that’s way more than surface glitter.