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  1. Taras Coolidge

    Like JVL, I went into Hustlers expecting nothing, and that’s what I got.

    The early part, before they get to the criminal activity, was very dull and I thought about walking out; but I still had lots of popcorn and soda left. 

    Later, when the scam is running, it gets a little bit interesting, but no more than that. It’s basically a high-tech version of getting men drunk and picking their pockets. You’ve seen this standard crime narrative before: they get more sloppy and more greedy as they proceed. 

    Part of the problem is that there is no chemistry between the leads, Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez. Thus, SPOILER WARNING when Wu rats them all out, there is little impact. (Evidently the woman she is playing was the chief source for the New Yorker article this is based on, so she is treated sympathetically.)

    The only character I liked was the blonde who throws up when she’s nervous — and, engaged in a criminal conspiracy, she gets nervous a lot! It suggested that she might have, you know, a little bit of a conscience somewhere in there. 

    In a way, I’m not so disturbed about those little kids seeing the film. The message for girls is: never work in a strip club. The message for boys is: never visit a strip club.


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    • September 19, 2019, at 11:37 AM PDT
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  2. Daniel Sterman Inactive

    Speak for yourselves, guys – I personally strictly enforce the no-double-dipping rule in my family.

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    • September 23, 2019, at 11:47 PM PDT
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  3. Kevin Member

    JVL seems to suggest the theme of Hustlers was that these bankers are doing something bad and deserve it. However, the movie takes place pre-meltdown (sorry if wrong about that). The post-event justifications are just criminals (and now getting average Americans) rationalizing their criminality.

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    • September 30, 2019, at 9:57 AM PDT
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