Hustle & Flow (2005)


Everybody gotta have a dream.

— DJay

Saturday night, I was flipping through the channels and I saw that Hustle & Flow was on Mtv. I was most pleasant of surprises. I did see the movie a couple of times before.

When it was released in theaters in 2005, I avoided it when I saw the trailer. I thought that it was another “pimp and ho” movie that I don’t want to see. Right around Oscar time when Terrence Howard was nominated for an Oscar and “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” won, it came on my radar.

People were saying that this movie was good and transcended the “pimp and ho” movie.

DJay (Terrence Howard) is an uneducated pimp that is hustling in Memphis, Tennessee. He lives with his pros, Nola (Taryn Manning) and Shug (Taraji P. Henson), who is pregnant from a trick.

He is struggling to keep himself afloat when one day he finds a small keyboard. He writes his raps down. He hooks up with a rookie producer, Key (Anthony Anderson) and a whiz kid keyboardist, Shelby (DJ Qualls).

They create beautiful music together.

Judgment: If you want to see great acting, infectious songs, then watch this movie.

Rating: ****


About Branden

Branden: I am just your average movie nut that reviews films. Gives his take on pop culture and Hollywood happenings. Dreams to have his own thriving website and make a living doing what he is passionate about.

Posted on March 30, 2009, in 2005, Drama, Independent, Musical and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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