Hustle & Flow
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One man's struggle to rise above his circumstances prompts him to try a career in music in this acclaimed drama from writer and director Craig Brewer. Djay (Terrence Howard) is a low-level pimp and drug dealer who scraped together a living in the ghettos of Memphis, TN. Djay isn't happy with his life, and the realization that he's reached the same age when his father unexpectedly died has made him start thinking about changing his ways. Djay has always had a gift for spinning stories, and after picking up a cheap keyboard, he begins picking out beats to go along with his rhymes.… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

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"It's kind of a conventional story, but it's told in such a unique way and the locations in Memphis all feel very authentic."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Every now and then, Brewer pulls off a near-miracle with his flinty characters: He lets us, for a moment, slip into their lives -- and sing their song."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Of all the exuberantly built-up beats, Taraji P. Henson's beautifully shocked and elated response to unexpectedly forming the nucleus of "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" gives "Hustle" its soul and won that song an Oscar."
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"...an inspiring and ennobling character study in which love and respect trump pure success."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Audiences will be seduced into setting aside their moral qualms and rooting for this hip-hop hustler."
‑ Kevin Lally, Film Journal International
"Hustle & Flow suspends you in its spell of mood, of feeling, of climate. It's a pop picture that finds its richness in peeling down to the essentials of good storytelling."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com
"Unlikely as this may sound, Hustle & Flow -- about a low-down Memphis pimp who wants to be a rapper -- is the feel-good movie of the summer."
‑ Jami Bernard, New York Daily News
"For an alleged indie hit, the film is nothing if not shrewd about audience-hooking and sensory-manipulation"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Craig Brewer has a distinctive voice. He writes dialogue that authentically conveys the truth of real life while also touching on universal themes of hope and healing."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"A ghetto fabulous flick certain to generate some healthy debate as to whether it is glorifying or condemning the thug life which is so celebrated by the Hip-Hop Generation."
‑ Kam Williams, Black Talent News
"Watching as a pimp, a pothead and a pregnant hooker play and sing in a makeshift bedroom recording studio, and becoming increasingly caught up in their determination and hope, it's impossible not to think that this is a part of the American Dream, too."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"What makes the picture sail past its flaws is its earnest understanding of the desperation that drives people to regain control of their lives -- and the profound courage required to attempt it."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Edgy camerawork fails to distract from the fact that Hustle & Flow -- a hit a Sundance -- is about as edgy as the crust on Mom's apple pie."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"...fiercely original, thoroughly engaging..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Peopled with gritty, unsafe and unsavoury characters from the street scape of downtown Memphis, Hustle and Flow probes keenly into the crunk subculture alien to Australians, yet fascinating and engaging."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
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