Hustle and Flow
- compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2005 1 Jan
Acclaimed director John Singleton lent considerable funding and influence as a producer to Craig Brewer's new film,
The movie may not sound like your typical crowd-pleaser. But
J. Robert Parks (Looking Closer) raves about the film's cast and style. "DJay is an obviously flawed man, but we see and appreciate his hopes and humanity despite his profession. We also come to care for [the prostitutes]. They're not women who've thrown their lives away; rather, they're struggling to find some kind of meaning in the midst of their difficult circumstances. Which means that we can't ignore them like we usually do the downtrodden we pass each day. It also means that the moments of prostitution become harder and harder to take."
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David DiCerto (Catholic News Service) says, "Despite its seamy milieu and cliché-tinged script (hood trying to go straight, hooker with a heart of gold), the story is engaging. Delivering a strong performance, Howard is definitely a star on the rise."
Mainstream critics herald it as one of the year's best so far.