J.Lo and Shakira – jaw-droppingly good as they tag-team take-over the Super Bowl
If you ever wanted an example of women taking charge and showing the world how it’s done, take a look at the half-time show put on by J.Lo and Shakira.
In terms of the US music industry, the exposure that comes from fronting the half-time show at one of the biggest sporting events is a big deal.
J.Lo and Shakira came with all guns blazing. It’s exhausting watching them, but these ladies don’t even seem to break a sweat.
If you ever needed some inspiration to grow your hair out and take up salsa classes, this is it.
REVIEW: Hustlers – J.Lo is fulfilling all of our stripper pole fantasies
Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, this is a story based on the real-life events as documented by journalist Jessica Pressler in her 2015 article – The Hustlers at Scores – published by New York magazine.
A group of strippers working in a club in New York City stole money from the men who visited their club by drugging them.
Scafaria bases her story around the character of Dorothy (Constance Wu). Her stripper-name is Destiny, and she’s the new girl at the club. She becomes friends with Ramona (Jennifer Lopez), the club’s star attraction. After riding high through the excesses of the financial market’s peak, Dorothy and Ramona feel the hip-pocket impact of the Global Financial Crisis and have to get entrepreneurial in how to make the money they need to pay the bills and have some fun.
Fundamentally, this is a girl-power movie. Yes, they’re strippers, but they’re doing what they’ve got to do to make ends meet in a world that views them and everyone else as a commodity.
“This city, this whole country, is a strip club…” explains Ramona. “You’ve got people tossing the money, and people doing the dance.”
The men in this story are either invisible, or they’re presented as contemptible idiots not worthy of any empathy or sympathy.
There’s no denying that Ramona, Dorothy, and their girl-squad are damaged women, finding strength in each other and empowerment in the independence that money brings – regardless of what you’ve got to do to get that money.
This is some of the best acting we’ve seen from Lopez since Out of Sight – she’s good in dramatic roles. But eclipsing her acting is that she looks incredible. Our introduction to the character of Ramona is a jaw-dropping pole-dance routine that she performs to Criminal by Fiona Apple. It’s been confirmed that there’s no body-double in this scene – every inch that you see is Lopez, and she’s stunning. It’s been said before, but it’s hard to believe that there’s not a painting somewhere in Lopez’s attack looking all kinds of ugly.
There’s some good moments in Hustlers, and the film does a good job of capturing the changing era as the good times of financial boom suddenly plunged the world into financial bust.
The strength of Hustlers is its watchable cast. As well as Lopez and Wu, the main roles are filled by Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, and Trace Lysette. There’s also some fun cameos from Lizzo, Cardi B, and Usher.
Ultimately, the narrative is a bit too fragmented to pack much emotional punch. There’s a lot of exposition to move the action through the chronology of the unfolding story, and there’s no real edge or depth in the world that the characters are navigating.
Hustlers isn’t going to challenge you, or change your life, but it’s an enjoyable film that’s perfect for a girls’ night out at the movies.