Hustlers 
(Dir: Lorene Scafaria) 

Arrested for their part in drugging and then stealing the credit card details of horny traders post-crash 2008, Romana Vega (Jennifer Lopez) and Destiny (Constance Wu) explain their actions to a New York journalist. 

In brief: strip dancers Romana and Destiny select wealthy and married traders in bars and drug them with ketamine-laced whisky. Soon the ‘sisters’ arrive on the scene – an unlikely band of glamourous ‘relatives’. The trader is then woman-handled into a cab back to the dancers strip club and kept conscious enough to sign off transactions of up to $135,000 (in the most extreme case). 

Shame and marriage vows initially prevent victims from reporting the scam to the NYPD until eventually it doesn’t. Romana, Destiny and friends are then arrested. 

The film ends with a philosophical J-Lo lamenting that the world is a strip club: “You have people tossing the money and people doing the dance.” It may well be but my work place definitely doesn’t have the moves or the money. 

The film is okay. If it wasn’t for J-Lo it would be a luke-warm porridge and her Olympic standard pole dancing is worth a watch. The whole thing is made more interesting by the fact that it’s based on a true story, which you can read below.   

Original story coverage (The Cut) 2015 www.thecut.com/2015/12/robin-hood-strippers-scores-c-v-r.html


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