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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?
Energetic, surprisingly occasionally even touching and inspiring, complex, andthoroughly compelling "Hustle & Flow" is definitely an engaging character study with an incredible career best performance from Terrence Howard, great music, and a terrific supporting cast.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Aw shit, I don't even know where to start, man. Fo' real.
"There are two types of people: those that talk the talk and those that walk the walk. People who walk the walk sometimes talk the talk but most times they don't talk at all, 'cause they walkin'. Now, people who talk the talk, when it comes time for them to walk the walk, you know what they do? They talk people like me into walkin' for them."
Walk the walk, and talk the talk. That's what it's all about.
Damn, this whole thing just went ahead and knocked me off my feet. I can't explain it, I'm just incredibly overwhelmed right now. But in a good way. The…
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…
I'm conflicted about 'Hustle & Flow'. On the one hand, director Craig Brewer does a pretty fantastic job of immersing us in the world of these characters and the poorer parts of town during an unbearably warm Memphis summer. Brewer is a longtime Memphis resident, so that might have something to do with this. He crafts a movie that is almost always entertaining, and very committed to its main character and its themes of redemption on the face of impossibility.
The most memorable part of the movie, for me, is Taraji P. Henson's performance. She has become a huge star playing a smart music executive in Fox's 'Empire', but in her breakthrough role, she plays a shy pregnant prostitute who gets…
The idea of a soulful pimp as the hero of a movie may strike some viewers as objectionable and perhaps even repellent, but Terrence Dashon Howard's smoldering, complex and focused performance easily trumps such narrow-minded moral judgments. From the moment we see DJay, played by Mr. Howard, seated behind the wheel of his ratty parked Chevy, rambling out a seductive monologue, we're drawn to the compelling portrait of an urban hustler who knows how to cast a spell. The entire cast, in fact, gives substantial performances. Hustle and Flow is the movie that 8 Mile wanted to be, a film that lacks pretension and that allows a genuine sense of how art and creativity can improve people's lives. It's a…
Pure enjoyment. I never knew the story of a pimp who has it hard could be so entertaining. Mixing intense agony, insanely energetic scenes and a main character whose actions cannot be condoned but someone you can't help but root for; the film pulls you through the grimiest dirtiest settings but shows a silver lining through it all. A movie that seems fresh while still could have been shown on 42nd street. Must watch.
Wow. I can't believe I waited THIS long to watch this movie. I heard about it when I was balls deep into Empire. I suggest watching this if you are a fan of Empire. Terrance Howard, Taraji P. Hensen, Taryn Manning, Ludacris and Anthony Anderson were spectacular in this. This movie was the definition of grit. It never had a dull moment: from the music to the costumes.
Everyone please watch this amazing film.
Basically watched this because of Empire. Great music, but the movie went on way longer than necessary.
Hearing many things about Hustle & Flow, I was curious to see for myself if this film was as good as what everyone claimed it to be. This is overall a mediocre drama about a pimp trying to start a rap career, and I found myself quite bored with the film after awhile. The cast, I found was quite bland, no one really stood out for me. The story felt lacking, and it wasn’t one that was fully fleshed out, which was disappointing, because the film feels after a while, predictable. Terrence Howard has made far better films than this, and here he just feels like he’s trying too hard. Overall, this film was a letdown, and I expected so much…
"See... man ain't like a dog. And when I say "man," I'm talking about man as in mankind, not man as in men. Because men, well, we a lot like a dog. You know, we like to piss on things. Sniff a bitch when we can. Even get a little pink hard-on the way they do. We territorial as shit, you know, we gonna protect our own. But man, he know about death. Got him a sense of history. Got religion. See... a dog, man, a dog don't know shit about no birthdays or Christmas or Easter bunny, none of that shit. And one day God gonna come…
This movie was so much better than I thought it would have been. I had heard good things, and it definitely held up. Terrance Howard was great, and nailed the role. The soundtrack was outstanding. The picture painted of poverty and despair was fantastically gritty and real. All around it was really well done.
unbelievable. This movie replicates poverty with extreme accuracy. You experience what it is like to be D Jay in everything from creation of the sound studio to the horrifying fights. If you are looking to have your emotions and sense of morality ripped out and shredded, stop looking and just watch this movie.
In early June, 2013, my best friend killed herself.
She took a cab to the middle of nowhere and vanished,…
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