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Great film! Give it a chance.
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written by NBoeger March 23, 2006 - 7:33 PM PST
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Seriously, this movie was excellent. I am by no means a rap fan. As a matter of fact, I detest rap. However, I loved this movie. Its not about a pimp with the heart of gold or about how rap is a nice art form. Its about a man who wants to be more than he is. Its about doing what ever it takes to make it. Its about the hustle. Most people have had to hustle, at some point in their life, and if you know what that means, then you will enjoy this movie.


Pulpy Goodness
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written by skidroche March 13, 2006 - 11:11 AM PST
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
I loved this flick. It's not the most complex thing in the world; on the contrary, it's actually a fairly formulaic Badboy-Makes-Good, Whore-With-a-Heart-of-Gold story, which is why it's so utterly bewildering that so many studios refused it. I guess Hollywood still hasn't gotten the message that moviegoers think pimps are cool. Anyway: It's pulpy, heartfelt, smarmy goodness, with excellent performances by some great actors and actresses. It's strangely statisfying and at times even deeply moving. More importantly, it actually feels like the run-down, urban South. I put it in the same category as Iceberg Slim's fiction and Donald Goines. Rock on.

Hustle & Flee
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written by talltale January 10, 2006 - 1:42 PM PST
4 out of 10 members found this review helpful
That HUSTLE & FLOW could be taken seriously as a good movie attests to the sorry state of movie buying (and movie criticism) in these United States. Paramount Classics paid top dollar for distribution rights to what turned out to be a near-flop; the film may do better on DVD, but from the turnaround so far at my local video stores, it's doubtful. Not that there aren't some wonderfully entertaining scenes in the film, and fine performances, and some OK music (for rap, that is). But the whole endeavor is wildly off-key: how a pimp prince and his whores with hearts of gold turn their trade into pop culture; how they create and record their own hit song in the (near) comfort of their own home; how they find true love. It's all here. And all over the place.

If the merger of hustling with "Gee, Kids, Let's Put on a Show!" sounds promising, then by all means, watch. But check your brain after pressing the Play button. It's always good to see Terence Howard (who gives a more complex performance than the content warrants), and Anthony Anderson is so fine in a dramatic role that one wonders why he's made so many dumb comedies. The women are excellent, too: Taryn Manning is undercover-smart as Nola, Taraji P. Henson will break your heart as Shug, and Elsie Neal and Paula Jai Parker fill out the lesser roles very well. Well, it's certainly no dumber than a lot of Hollywood mainstream stuff, but this from Sundance? Please.

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