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When I first saw the trailer for this movie, I thought, "Are they for real or is this a parody?" A Southern pimp singing "Whoop That Trick" was hardly a selling point in my opinion. In fact it looked kind of corny, especially because I underestimated the lead, Terrence Howard. He's been under the radar for some time as little more than just a very experienced television actor throughout the years. But two things made me change my mind about seeing this film: 1) The buzz generated about it and 2) the fact that the lead Terrence Howard is slowly becoming the hardest working man in showbiz right now. His little renaissance has put him in a few movies over the last few months, most notable being Crash, where I was surprisingly impressed by his performance. He's in/going to be in a couple of feature films playing major roles over the next coming months, and maybe that's why I liked this movie even more. His story seems to resemble the story of DJay the Memphis pimp, someone who's been trying to make it and has only just now been able to scratch the surface of success.
In this film Howard plays a low level philosophizing Memphis pimp with the gift of gab. He isn't quite the pimp he should be since he's only operating with one "ho" on the track. Out of the other two he keeps one is pregnant and the other is just unmotivated and tired of the go-nowhere life that she shares with DJay. In the movie we find out that he's less of the mean ass whooping pimp that he sings about being and more like an annoyed big brother who manages the household. Either way DJay starts to feel that his life is really going nowhere. Pimping is barely paying the bills, and he just feels that being a lowdown hustling weed dealer and mediocre ho manager is all he's going to be.
Meanwhile he meets up with a buddy from high school who works as a recording engineer. During a visit to a recording session of his buddy's (Anthony Anderson) DJay realizes that he wants to be way more than a pimp. Upon hearing that local boy-who-made-good rapper Skinny Black (Ludacris) is coming back into town, he decides that he wants to go back to the "flowing" or rhyming he did in high school to create a demo tape to pass on to Skinny. He sets out to record a demo with the help of his buddy Keys (Anderson), assistant producer and the premier beat maker of the group Shelby (played by DJ Qualls of Road Trip and The New Guy), and the women in his life. With their faith in him and each of their own hopes and dreams pinned on his one shot, DJay and his surrogate family get the creative juices flowing in order to create his Crunk demo. The scenes where DJay and his crew are putting together his songs are the most enthralling parts in the film.
The movie is surprisingly realistic insofar as the depiction of a gritty slummy Memphis, Tennessee. Also, the acting will have you believing that these people are really Memphis natives, hustling day to day just to survive. The movie seems authentic even backed by the "Underdog Willing To Do Anything To Make It" formula, and that's why it shines regardless of the seemingly absurd premise. Even Soccer moms who won't let their kids listen to Eminem will be singing along to "Whoop That Trick" or "It's Hard For A Pimp"—that's just how much heart the movie has. You'll be rooting for DJay, pimp or not, from beginning to end.
I love this movie, I think Terrance Howard is good in any movie he does. He is the lead character, Djay, a pimp & has 2 girls who stick by him, but he doesn't have it easy. He tries to break into the rap buz' with Anthony Anderson's help. He gets hooked up with a famous rapper played by, Ludacris, one night at a club to see if he can get him to promote his demo, which by the way the music is good.REAL CATCHY WITH A GOOD BEAT.Luda disses him real bad, & Djay proceeds to beat the tar out of him & goes to jail.He actually gets his music promoted by one of his girls,who goes to the music stations, while he is locked up, & telling his story of him beating up a famous rapper(Luda),& in turn they play his demo on air & he makes it. Even the corrections officers are singing his music. A MUST SEE MOVIE!!! HOPE YOU LIKE IT, I SURE DID!
A TALE OF DJAY, A PIMP WHOSE GRITTY HUSTLE SELLING SEXY NOLA AND SUPPORTING PREGNANT SHUG LEAVES HIM WONDERING IF THIS IS IT FOR HIM. ONLY WHEN HE TRADES CONTRBAND FOR A KEYBOARD AND BUMPS INTO HIS OLD SCHOOLFRIEND KEY DOES HE SEE A WAY OUT BY LAYING DOWN SOME TRACKS AND FULFILLING HIS DREAM OF BECOMING A RESPECTED RAPPER.WHEN HE LEARNS SKINNY LACK A LOCAL RAPPER TURNED MOGUL, IS ROLLING THROUGH TOWN FOR THE 4TH OF JULY, DJAY PLANS FOR THE HUSTLE OF HIS LIFE TO GET HIS VOICE HEARD. HUSTLE & FLOW IS AN INTENSE AND BRILLIANT PORTRAYAL OF ONE MAN'S STRUGGLE FOR REDEMPTION AND INSPIRATION ON LIFE'S MEAN STREETS.
A+++!!! An AWESOME FILM!!! VERY INSPIRATIONAL!! A GREAT SELECTION OF TUNES as well!!
A great behind-the-scenes look at inner-city life, living life without a cent and working hard to achieve your dreams!
We have probably watched this DVD over 100 times since we bought it!!
GREAT PERFORMANCES by Terrence Howard, Anthony Anderson, and Taryn Manning!!!
A MUST HAVE!!
Note: Does contain some minor nudity and a heavy amount of explicit language and several drug scenes.
OUR RATING: 10/10
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DJay, a streetwise Memphis hustler tries to find a voice and realize his long-buried dreams. Though DJay has always had a way with words, that gift has long been misused; this philosopher-hustler lives a dead-end life at the fringes of society. Anything more feels out of reach. Still, DJay wonders what happened to all the big dreams he had for his life. A chance encounter with an old friend, Key, a sound engineer who has always wanted to make it in the music business, spurs DJay: if he's ever going to make his mark, it has to happen now. This movie celebrates art, hope, and dreams, and you don't have to like hip-hop to appreciate the message or the way in which it is delivered.