If you could sum up Hustlers in one scene, it would be Jennifer Lopez writhing around a stripper pole in a gold thong bikini, caressing herself with dollar bills flung from a salivating male audience. It represents confidence, pleasure, money—all things each character in this bawdy drama crave. But scamming isn't how Ramona would describe her new gig, drugging male clients and running up their credit cards at the club for a commission after the stock market crash leaves her, Destiny, Mercedes Keke Palmer , and Annabelle Lili Reinhart desperate to make a living. Everyone in the film is trying to make a buck, get off, and gain power, and they all use each other to get there.
How Hustlers shows the importance of female solidarity
Diandra Reviews It All- Film Review: Hustlers Is Fiercely Feminist
Enter your email to join our mailing list and receive our weekly newsletter. In , sex workers are some of the most powerful women in America. You love to see it: a swaggering, unabashed admission that beauty is capital, and women deploying everything used to deny them power — their bodies, sexuality, and financial precariousness — in order to reclaim their own. The film, for those who have not heard of or seen it, stars an ensemble cast featuring Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B. Angry at the decline in their income after the financial crisis, the women engage in a Robin Hood-type con: they target rich customers, the men who caused or became rich from the very crisis that is now depriving them of income; they drug them, steal their credit card numbers, and charge them to the limit. The plot of the movie is ripped from the headlines, so to speak: it was reported by Jessica Presley for New York Magazine , in a feature titled The Hustlers at Scores.
Film Review: Hustlers Is Fiercely Feminist
Synopsis: Hustlers follows a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients. Me: This is one of the best films of the year! When it comes to the sex industry, feminism is a weird topic because, as women, we are still seen as sex objects.
Conservative writer S. Feminists, in response, have denounced Hustler for essentially telling Cupp that her proper role is as the object of sexual exploitation rather than a source of political commentary. Zerlina Maxwell at Feministing writes :. I will not stand by in silence when a woman, any woman, is attacked in this way and belittled as nothing more than a sexual object. In both cases, the objective was to silence a women with contrary political views by insisting that they return to their proper place as objects of sexual desire for men.