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‘Hustlers’ is an epic mix of crime drama

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One of most awaited movies of the season, writer-director Lorene Scafaria’s Hustlers, is a comedy-drama that follows a crew of savvy strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.

With all the right ingredients for a blockbuster, the movie premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and is opening nationwide this Friday.

At its heart, for Scafaria, “We’re presenting a world we may have seen in many movies and TV shows, but from a different perspective – that of the dancers. It’s an epic mix of crime drama, stripper movie, and an exploration of the economic upheaval that upended the lives of so many, including our characters’.

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Jessica Pressler’s article was a compelling story of fascinating characters who are constantly facing judgment and living with a stigma about their profession and about deep friendships that can sometimes get you into trouble.”

Scafaria adds that she hopes “audiences have so much fun and enjoy a big story. For me, it’s an event to bring this club and these characters to the big screen. At the same time, I hope the film leads to deeper conversations – about empathy, and about a specific occupation and those who work at it, most of whom have long been misunderstood or underestimated.”

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Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, the film stars Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, with Mercedes Ruehl and Cardi B in significant roles. PVR Pictures will release the film in India.

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