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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.
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)
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…
What I thought was going to be a boring rap movie was actually something of substance. Sure, it's corny in places as it is with most rags-to-riches movies, but the director manages to do as many different things to keep it interesting. The final 20 minute scene was a great power play and the highlight of the movie.
WHOOP THAT TRICK! It's the 2005 film with the Oscar winning soundtrack, Hustle And Flow, starring Terrence Howard who plays D-Jay, a pimp who wants to make it in the hip hop game.
Inspired by a rapper he knew in the past called Skinny Black, D-Jay wants to get out of the pimping lifestyle, and become a rap star, and recruits that guy from The Shield and Maffew from Botchamania to produce his demo tape.
In the film, you see the ups and downs of D-Jay's tough background, mainly downs. But you do see him record some fucking bangers like Whoop That Trick, which would be my entrance theme if I ever was a pro wrestler, and It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp. No wonder this won Oscars.
It's a great film if you're a rap enthusiast such as myself. I recommend it.
MVP: Terrence Howard.
For a MTV production, this was a good movie. I thought they tried to lighten it up too much, probably to make it more mainstream, and they should have allowed the movie to be more gritty. The ending was a big miss and did not fit with the rest of the movie.
When I first heard about this movie I immediately dismissed it because it was from MTV Productions. Then someone pointed out my error and told me it was a pretty kickass movie, and it is.
Terrence Howard plays a struggling Memphis pimp and aspiring rapper named D Jay who has grown tired of his shit life and decides to start pursuing his passion instead of slumming through life hustling his snow bunny out of a Chevy with no air conditioning. You don’t have to be a pimp to understand where the guy is coming from.
Howard apparently spent months living in Memphis and interviewing actual pimps for the role, and his efforts were rewarded with a well deserved Oscar nomination for the part. While he didn’t win, the film did take home the Oscar that year for Best Original Song, It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp.
Love the 1970s vibe to this film. The premise, the music, the characters, the settings, they all contribute to a film that scream exploitation movie but still manages to tell a compelling story that feels modern too. Surprising how this tale of a pimp (and his prostitutes) who decides to give rap music a try can tap into such universal desires of finding our purpose in life. Everybody has a right to dream...
THESE BITCHES POP IT FOR SOME PAPER, POP THAT ASSSS FOR SOME CASHFLOW
The Whoop That Trick scene has got to be one of the best musical moments in the history of cinema. DJ Qualls brings it, making everyone agree he's, "not bad for a light skinned," which ironically works as Craig Brewer's calling card.
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