"Hustle & Flow" has been popping up on scattered Top Ten lists on the internet, including a number one spot from "Ain't It Cool News." Needless to say, despite the film being about a pimp thriving to start a successful rap career, I was actually getting a little excited about watching this lesser-known film.
Unfortunately, I don't see what all the hype is about. "Hustle & Flow," starring rising star Terrence Howard, is about a pimp who has to deal with the relationships of his women while also trying to develop a rap recording with the help of the unlikely duo of Anthony Anderson and DJ Qualls.
The movie isn't bad - in fact, it is surprisingly decent considering that this one would normally fall into the category of generic MTV rise-to-fame movies. But, it's nothing special. It has no edge. The theme song is very catchy, but it lacks the edge that a film about the rap industry and a pimp should have. There's nothing gritty about the film at all, which is something that I was really looking forward to. Nothing really exciting happens, and the drama isn't anything to scream about.
Some have said that "Hustle & Flow" is the film that makes Terrence Howard a star; I'd have to say he delivered a much better performance in "Crash."
Still, the movie is decent and those more interested in rap may find it quite entertaining. But, one of the best movies of the year? Are you kidding me?
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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