Thursday 19 September 2019

Hustlers review: 'Fact-based drama is eventually overcome by moral confusion'

3 stars

Lili Reinhart, Jennifer Lopez, Keke Palmer, and Constance Wu in Hustlers (STX)
Lili Reinhart, Jennifer Lopez, Keke Palmer, and Constance Wu in Hustlers (STX)
Paul Whitington

Paul Whitington

In a compelling opening sequence, New York City stripper Dorothy (Constance Wu) takes us through an average, grubby evening at the lap-dancing joint where she works.

It’s 2007, Wall Street is awash with money, and pumped up brokers and traders are spending like drunken sailors.

When Dorothy enters the orbit of Ramona (Jennifer Lopez) a maternal veteran, they join forces to maximise profits.

And when times get tough, Dorothy and Ramona start lacing their clients’ drinks and maxing out their credit cards.

Hustlers is nicely made, and Lopez and Wu are very good in the leads, but this fact-based drama is eventually overcome by moral confusion.

Last time I checked, two wrongs don’t make a right.

(16, 110mins)

Irish Independent

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