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Hustle & Flow
The music will inspire them. The dream will unite them. This summer get crunk.
With help from his friends, a Memphis pimp in a mid-life crisis attempts to become a successful hip-hop emcee.
Terrence Howard says mayne a lot, doesn't he?
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I am on the fence here. There's a lot going on in this film that I liked, including the sprawling, sweaty look at the recording/artistic process of recording the songs that dominates the film. The film's central conflict for over half its running time is simply getting a song recorded. There's no guarantee of success implied (at first). There are hints along the way that this will open a better way for the characters involved, but the film isn't a Cinderella story.
What I wanted, though, was for Nola (great name) and Shug to kick Djay's ass out, record their own songs, and, I dunno, become successful on their own. Instead, their implied rise out of prostitution comes on his…
"Hard out here for a pimp", indeed.
Craig Brewer directs Terrence Howard in a film about the hardships of becoming an artist and the sacrifices that are made to get to that spot. DJay knows this better than anyone else. The decisions that are made in order for him to be the next big music icon both affect him and everyone around him.
But those sacrifices do not go in vain, as DJay creates music (with help from his friends and hoes) that emerges from his heart and soul, creating some very memorable music (especially the Oscar nominated "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp") that he hopes is recognized, particularly from a rapper who he idolizes on television.
I think this is the first time I've watched it since I saw it in the theatre back in 2005, and I think I enjoyed it even more this time.
I've yet to see director Craig Brewer's FOOTLOOSE remake, but if it's even remotely like this powerful, gritty "New South" semi-masterpiece and the similarly great, deeply undervalued BLACK SNAKE MOAN, it's gotta be better than it sounds.
Terrence Howard is mesmerizing as Djay, a low-rent pimp with a pitifully small stable of three "tricks," one of which is...um...on maternity leave. Itching to move on to greener pastures, he begins to nurture a long dormant dream to pursue a career in music, with the help of an old school friend (Anthony…
This Sundance darling was critically acclaimed upon release, and I’m glad people saw it for what it really was – a man’s honest attempt to escape the monotony of his life. With a stellar performance from Terrence Howard, a brilliant script from writer/director Craig Brewer and an Oscar-winning song from Three Six Mafia, I would highly recommend it to anyone who felt like they wanted their money back after watching the following movies - Step Up, Stomp the Yard, You Got Served, Notorious, A.T.L., Get Rich or Die Trying & Before I Self-Destruct (among a whole host of others)
Hip-hop movies and its ilk live and die by their music creation/selection, understandably, while characters are secondary and story is excess. It's a curious sub-genre whereby a brilliant original track enables a film to transcend, in some ways, its own material. It isn't difficult to see why: the typical sharply angled graph from a fledgling artist to moderately successful one and perhaps a dip in the plotted line towards the end prior to an inevitable slope reversal is both banal, expected, and, in my eyes, totally fine - with some restrictions. As such, Hustle and Flow's predictability is a non-thought; indeed, it succeeds by this mindset.
Winning the Oscar for Best Original Song in 2006, for the incredibly catchy dirty…
Here’s a side of Memphis little seen in movies. I’m not a huge fan of hip-hop or rap, but this film (much like 8 Mile) is more about people, their dreams, their realities, and how they treat each other, than it is about music. The main character, DJay, is a pimp going through a mid-life crisis. His “ho’s” are uniquely interesting characters, one pregnant and “out of work,” one a single mother working in a strip club and bringing home the bacon, and one who rides around with DJay trolling for tricks. The language is rough, gritty, full of street jargon, so I watched it with the English subtitles turned on and it made perfect sense. The only part I thought was overly long was the studio scene leading up to the creation of DJay’s demo tape. It dragged a bit. Good cast. Good story. And surprisingly good music, too. Well worth watching.
Hustle and Flow follows DJay (Terrence Howard), a low level pimp and drug dealer living in Memphis. Unsatisfied with his station in life, DJay aspires for more, and ends up pursuing his dream of becoming a respected rapper.
I heard this movie was good, but I was not expecting to be so moved by this film. At the heart of this film is Terrence Howard, who gives the best performance of his life. I've always liked Howard, but this is the first time he's really blown me away. The supporting cast is great here as well. It's great to see Anthony Anderson given such a prominent role, and Taraji P. Henson is fantastic is the friendly prostitute Shug. She has…
Surmises that rappers aren't engaging in pointless, chauvinistic pissing matches, but have an aversion to the underbelly of the macho, pimping lifestyle, and that the graphic traditions of hip hop are necessitated by circumstance rather than hyperbolic credibility. Brewer alleviates many hip hop criticisms by providing an engaging backstory to the lyrics of "Whoop That Trick," a violent, derogatory mantra, but in the hands of DJay, a soulful and earned badge of survival documented by the sweaty, exhausted trials of an unglamorous life. As it stands, DJay is a really nice guy, sparring only when necessary, offering weed to the neighbors as a peace offering, keeping a pregnant prostitute around even though she's dead weight. Not so much a glorification,…
I watched this film because I'm a big Hip Hop fan and I watched most of it three years ago and only just got round to watching the rest.
I really like this film and I'm glad it ended how it did. Its great to see how DJay deals with his problems and how they make a makeshift studio. Its not just a film for Hip Hop fans as it shows great character development and has a good plot. Having only very few moments where I wasn't really following, its a good story and keeps you hooked til the end. Also does anyone else think Terence Howard looks a little like Kendrick Lamar?
Like many flawed rap tracks, this opens strong, has a hardhitting beat, coulda used a stronger guest verse to pick up the slack & divert us from the generic narrative trappings in the middle, and memorably overreaches its grasp with an exhausting set of bars at the end before fading out.
I was pretty shocked by how much this moved me, though. And the details, oh the details -- seeing the duct tape conversion of a lamp fixture into a homemade studio's swiveling microphone stand
(framed by dozens of fast food beverage containers stapled to the walls as the ghetto-est form of soundproofing)
made me want to slap the next person I hear who hasn't seen HUSTLE & FLOW praise Wes Anderson…
This shouldn't be read as a blind celebration of the American Dream. It does kind of come across that way if you're going by the surface, especially how it takes a scummy pimp in DJay (Terrence Howard) and gives him a thug-life underdog arc, complete with a softening of the character that hilariously makes him "one of the good ones." It's hard out here for a pimp, y'all. There's just enough nuance though to keep it from being too gross, not only in Howard's performance but in what the film is saying about how fame looks from the outside, and how readily people will compromise their values for a piece even if they aren't entirely sure what that means. Hustle…
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