UGPulse Reviews Hustle and Flow
Elise Neal and Taraji P. Henson in Hustle & Flow - 2005

UGPulse Reviews Hustle and Flow

In this land of dreams, it sucks when you are one of those where nothing seems to be going the way you had thought it would have been.

March 5th, 2006 UPDATE:
Hustle and Flow made history at the 78th Annual Academy Awards- Sunday March 5th, 2006. BEST ORIGINAL SONG for "IT'S HARD OUT HERE FOR A PIMP" by 3-6 Mafia- Music and Lyrics by Jordan Houston, Cedric Coleman and Paul Beauregard. First Rap Song to ever get an Oscar. Questions are immediately asked of what to expect from hip hop penetrating the Oscars.

Click here for post interview.

Other Oscar winners included King Kong and nominees War of the Worlds.

By UGPulse
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First published: July 24, 2005

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US Release Date: July 22nd, 2005

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Director: Craig Brewer (John Singleton is one of the producers)

Main Cast: Terrence Dashon Howard, DJ Qualls, Ludacris, Anthony Anderson, and Taryn Manning

 

Genre: Drama

Plot:
DJay lives a life of being a pimp on the streets of Memphis. He is unhappy and he is looking for more when he runs into a childhood friend of his, Key. Key's life is much cleaner than DJ but he too has some unaccomplished dreams. DJay now uses this run-in as a desperate final attempt to make his mark and reach out for those dreams he once had for himself.

Review:
I have to admit that I went into the theater with low expectations for the movie. "Another Black movie feeding into stereotypes," is what I thought. The first few minutes of the movie are so foul mouthed and street that you feel disconnected and resigned to looking forward to a bad movie experience. It does not take long though for you to get attached to the characters and feel like you know these struggling people. The acting is this movie's best asset. For a drama, the acting in this movie is great. You are left with questions such as, "Well, what is going to happen to her?" Ludacris is the exception. Given that his character has a significant, though not long, role in the movie, you are left disappointed at his execution of this role.

The movie is also not very predictable. You almost know what is going to happen but you are not clear on how it is going to happen. This is what a drama needs to be.

You go through a series of emotions in this movie. You will laugh at the ghetto scenes and almost shed a tear at them too, be it from joy or sadness for the characters.

This is a movie worth watching and though it is not going to break records in the mainstream, it sure deserves some attention.

Favorite scene:
There is no clip on this, but the most moving scene was when DJay bumps into Key and realises that he has to do something about his present state.

Marketing Stunts:
Not much out of the ordinary was seen in the marketing of this movie. However, I continuously say that the lap dance Beyonce Knowles, of Destiny's Child, gave to Terrence Howard was no coincidence. It is not like she went around looking for any man at the BET Awards show. All three girls went directly to their picks and this was the most talked about thing on the radio the next day. Next thing you know Terrence is releasing a movie now, and stars in like two more in August… one of them is with 50 cents. 'Clever' marketing or coincidence? You tell me!

This Weekend Sales:
There is not much competition at the movies right now but the movie is not mainstream either. It will be interesting to see how it does at the Box Office.

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First published: July 24, 2005
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