Jennifer Lopez’s role as Ramona, the ringleader of a group of savvy former strip club employees who team up to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients is arguably Lopez’s best performance to date. As impressive as her solo pole dancing routine near the beginning is, even without it, Hustlersis still an impressive Lopez performance.
Set in New York City before and after the 2008 financial crisis, the audience gets introduced to the world of the strip club employees through newcomer Destiny (Constance Wu). Destiny wants to be able to take care of her grandmother but soon finds herself disillusioned after learning of the harsh realities of the strip club life. Then she meets Ramona.
Lopez’s Ramona is certainly the shining light, performance-wise in Hustlers. However, it’s her performance alongside Wu’s Destiny that did well to maintain the emotional core of director Lorene Scafaria’s female-strong movie. The well chosen music, editing and pace also played their part in keep my attention and delivering an overall fun experience.
Seeing women taking charge of themselves and taking care of each other is another reason I had a good time watching Hustlers. As fun as it was, considering all the crime that took place throughout,I found myself reminded of just how terrible a criminal I would be. Particularly because, I’d be far too busy vividly imagining everything that could go horribly wrong to actually take steps towards committing such serious crimes.
Watch Hustlers because it’s fun. It’s also scary in parts, as one might expect.
Jennifer Lopez, Milo Ventimiglia, Vanessa Hudgens and Leah Remini are the stars of new romance / comedy Second Act.
Directed by Peter Segal, Lopez plays a retail worker who reinvents her life / life-story and shows Madison Avenue what street smarts can do…
Two of my favourite romantic comedies (The wedding Planner (2001) and Maid In Manhattan (2(002) star Jennifer Lopez. Hopefully this will be another favourite to add to the list, regardless of the obvious similarities to the maid In Manahattan story.
Charlyne Yi, Freddie Stroma and Treat Williams also star.
I knew I’d end up watching Home, if only because of Jim Parsons, an Actor rightly celebrated for his portrayal of Sheldon Cooper in CBS’ The Big Bang Theory.
Also starring Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez and directed by Tim Johnson, Home centres around a cute purple alien called Oh and his friendship with earthling girl, Tip (Rihanna).
The Boov, Oh’s alien race are undeniably cute and Home has several amusing moments – my favourite of which is when Oh learns about dancing. The way the story of the Gorg is concluded at the end is also great.
You may find the ‘bad English’ / interesting way that the Boov speak quite annoying. I sure did at first. But now, after a second viewing, the word adorable comes to mind instead.
The story is engaging but don’t be surprised if you get the urge to watch The Big Bang Theory as Home plays. Something to do with the pace of Home, perhaps. It could also be more about the power of the brilliant character that is Shelley Cooper.