HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Lucky
Matrix, The
Undergods
Betrayed
Fried Barry
Once Upon a River
Cowboys
Atlantis
We Still Say Grace
Enfant Terrible
Nomadland
Playboy of the Western World, The
Bike Thief, The
Threshold
Virtuoso, The
Here are the Young Men
Beast Beast
Labyrinth of Cinema
Justice Society: World War II
Artist's Wife, The
Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation
Pusher III
Palm Springs
Devil Commands, The
Oak Room, The
Pusher II
Forget Everything and Run
Secrets & Lies
Red Moon Tide
Man with Nine Lives, The
Pusher
Pot Carriers, The
Black Bear
Don't Cry, Pretty Girls!
Portal
Me You Madness
Reckoning, The
Laddie: The Man Behind the Movies
For the Sake of Vicious
Hell Bent
   
 
Newest Articles
Before The Matrix, There was Johnny Mnemonic: on Digital
More Than Mad Science: Karloff at Columbia on Blu-ray
Indian Summer: The Darjeeling Limited on Blu-ray
3 from 1950s Hollyweird: Dr. T, Mankind and Plan 9
Meiko Kaji's Girl Gangs: Stray Cat Rock on Arrow
Having a Wild Weekend: Catch Us If You Can on Blu-ray
The Drifters: Star Lucie Bourdeu Interview
Meiko Kaji Behind Bars: Female Prisoner Scorpion on Arrow
The Horror of the Soviets: Viy on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Tarka the Otter and The Belstone Fox
Network Double Bills: All Night Long and Ballad in Blue
Chew Him Up and Spit Him Out: Romeo is Bleeding on Blu-ray
British Body Snatchers: They Came from Beyond Space on Blu-ray
Bzzzt: Pulse on Blu-ray
The Tombs Will Be Their Cities: Demons and Demons 2 on Arrow
Somebody Killed Her Husband: Charade on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Maroc 7 and Invasion
Network Double Bills: The Best of Benny Hill and The Likely Lads
Network Double Bills: Some Girls Do and Deadlier Than the Male
Absolutely Bananas: Link on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Hawk the Slayer and The Medusa Touch
The Price of Plague: The Masque of the Red Death on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Seance on a Wet Afternoon and Ring of Spies
Chaney Chillers: Inner Sanctum Mysteries - The Complete Film Series on Blu-ray
Adelphi Extras: Stars in Your Eyes on Blu-ray
   
 
  Hustle & Flow Pity The Pimp
Year: 2005
Director: Craig Brewer
Stars: Terrence Howard, Anthony Anderson, Taryn Manning, Taraji P. Henson, DJ Qualls, Ludacris, Paula Jai Parker, Elise Neal, Isaac Hayes, Jordan Houston, William Engram, Bobby Sandimanie, Haystack, Claude Phillips, Josey Scott, John Still, Jay Munn
Genre: Drama, MusicBuy from Amazon
Rating:  7 (from 2 votes)
Review: Djay (Terrence Howard) is a small-time Memphis pimp approaching forty with some reservations. He has a collection of three prostitutes who live with him, one who works as a stripper, one heavily pregnant and another who drives around with him in his car looking for men to pick up for twenty dollars a go. There must be more to life than this, he believes, as he has got nowhere near fulfilling his childhood dreams as a local boy made good, rapper Skinny Black (Ludacris), has. So when he has a chance meeting with old friend Key (Anthony Anderson), an equally dissatisfied recording engineer, he realises they can both benefit...

Writer and director Craig Brewer's Hustle & Flow sparked controversy when it was released, mainly because it sought to have us relate to a pimp, historically not the most attractive of movie characters. Although this had a precedent in seventies blaxploitation such as The Mack, there was a chance that it would go a little more mainstream, especially when the film was Oscar nominated for Howard's heartfelt performance and won for the track "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" - many grumbles were aired when it was performed at that year's Academy Awards ceremony.

Those grumbles summed up the naysayers reaction to what they judged to be a lowlife drama not worth giving the time of day to, yet for it's champions Brewer had found sympathy in an unlikely place. Certainly few would quibble that the prostitutes deserved a better life, but it's Djay ordering them about that stuck in the craw for a number of audience members. Why should we care about whether he fulfills his fantasies or not? Brewer's answer was that everyone has potential, and if they climb out of the rut they have been stuck in, no matter how sleazy and disreputable, then they can feel they have worth, if only for a while.

So this was an empowerment tale, but Djay lifts up those around him with his ambitions as well. Key is around the same age and is also feeling that mid-life crisis looming early because what he really always wanted to do was be a record producer, and he sees in his old mate the potential to be just that. Roping in two of the prostitutes, Nola (Taryn Manning) and the pregnant Shug (Taraji P. Henson), to assist (the argumentative third - Paula Jai Parker - is unceremoniously booted out for not being a team player), Djay has his own producer, backing singer and budding manager, and with the assistance of engineer Shelby (DJ Qualls) they make musical magic.

The tracks they come up with make the plot akin to a group of friends building a rocket to the Moon in their back yard, with an extremely high degree of professionalism all round, from what we hear, but if there's one thing you take away from the film it's Brewer's love of music; if there's another it's his optimism. That optimism looks set to be thwarted when Djay takes a cassette to a local bar where Skinny is spending the evening, and initially seems to have won him round. But any obstacles are simply hiccups, and the true cast of wish fulfilment settles over the characters by the end. Does this make Hustle & Flow immoral? Or is Brewer seeing the good in people who have the initiative to make their own luck in spite of the hand life has dealt them? It may be contrived, but that happy ending is hard fought for. Music by Scott Bomar.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 3798 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
  Desbris M
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
Enoch Sneed
  Paul Tuersley
  Chris Garbutt
  Sdfadf Rtfgsdf
   

 

Last Updated: