There’s something delicious about the way "Hustlers" delivers on its promise of glitz, sex, and raunchiness while delving far enough beneath the surface to subvert the genre.
Although this stripped-down regurgitation of the story is faithful to Donna Tartt’s novel in the broadest sense of the word, it lacks elegance and depth.
Combining the two movies, there’s a clear beginning and ending, and if the latter isn’t as strong or promising as the former, at least the entire story is told.
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Writer/director Jacob Estes has come to the project with a clever concept but his execution is weak, contradictory, and confusing.
Effective as both a drama and a cautionary tale and the lessons it teaches are possibly more relevant in today’s world than they were 15 years ago.
Tumbles into the lamentable category of what happens when a movie is assembled for no reason other than to make money, and when everyone involved is doing it for the paycheck.
U.S. Release Date: 2019-08-21
MPAA Rating: "R" (Grisly Violence, Gore, Profanity)
Director: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett
Cast: Samara Weaving, Elyse Levesque, Nicky Guadagni, Kristian Bruun, Melanie Scrofano, Andie MacDowell, Henry Czernay, Mark O’Brien, Adam Brody, John Ralston
The film’s low profile makes it one of the summer’s best hidden surprises and it should please those who revel in the horror/comedy genre.
Although competently made and appealing in an exaggerated soap opera-tinged fashion, it fails to make a strong case for its raison d’être.
The movie’s charm comes from its ability to conjure up the innocence of the twilight of childhood; its humor arises from the adult perspective of certain not-so-innocent things.
Although it suffers from an ungainly structure and uneven pacing, the production as a whole is engaging and uplifting.