Hustle & Flow (2005) - Crime, Drama, Music

Hohum Score

2

Breathtaking

With help from his friends, a Memphis pimp in a mid-life crisis attempts to become a successful hip-hop emcee.

IMDB: 7.4
Director: Craig Brewer
Stars: Terrence Howard, Ludacris
Length: 116 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 22 out of 206 found boring (10.67%)

One-line Reviews (108)

This film won the Audience Award at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and rightfully so - it's very engaging and a lot of fun.

Hustle and Flow is an inspiring, engaging and intense film of becoming something.

Don't waste your time.

I was very much on the edge of my seat the whole time in a film that doesn't have much edge of your seat action.

Instead of regurgitating the plot/story to anyone reading this, I'm going to tell you what a boring waste of time this is.

Taryn Manning was especially compelling in her role as D-Jay's "cheif investor".

This led to intense performances in Crash and Ray in 2004.

I was thrilled to see this movie kept it real & they enjoyed it from the beginning to the end.

Oh, and leave the candy-coated, cliché, rags to riches rapper story out of it.

The standard underdog making it to the big time route has been bypassed and replaced with a story that hold's your attention and has an unpredictable and real conclusion.

I've always admired him on camera - the quiet, yet intense persona, like a man who has seen life hard and this part has endeared me to him for some time to come.

Worst movie of 2004.

We then have every cliché in the book to show how hard he struggles.

but it is very entertaining and some great acting.

The overall conflict of the story could be thought of as bubblegum but the execution of it is engaging and heart warming.

Anderson was likable in this movie & all the characters played their roles to the tee giving it the realness that made it so enjoyable.

Good performances, a solid script, enjoyable music, and just the right amount of humor peppered throughout.

This all changes when a chance encounter from a most unexpected source brings music back into his life and rekindles an old dream, setting him off on a journey to reach success by both moral and immoral means.

Hustle and Flow was one of the worst movies I've ever seen.

As cheesy as this may sound, they were more inspirational and engaging.

story sort of boring.

Brewer is wise to keep his focus on the characters rather than the situation as the actors deliver the goods in unexpected ways.

Highly entertaining film .

Mediocre, Boring, and Poorly Written .

Don't waste your time or money .

When you break it down, "Hustle & Flow" is a formulaic Cinderella story that doesn't really show us anything we haven't seen before.

The writing and recording of the songs were the slowest parts(among many)of the film- thankfully the remote was nearby.

This is the kind of lecture Hustle and Flow gets across in an engaging and realistic manner thanks to the final few scenes which border on tragedy at its very best when a certain someone who a certain someone else looks up to dismisses the dream in an instant after so much work.

Intense study of human emotions .

This film is so bad it actually becomes an inverse of itself in an enjoyable way.

"Hustle & Flow" is touching, funny and entertaining musical drama.

I really enjoyed it.

If this movie were about 10 minutes shorter, I might have enjoyed it more and rated it higher!

And my equally old wife and I watched the whole movie and found it entertaining, funny at times, and were very appreciative that it wasn't as profane and violent as it could have been.

this is an oddly compelling, very watchable film.

That seemed a little far-fetched, along with his "Everyone needs a dream" cliché line.

Formulaic but completely entertaining .

I also wish Howard had been awarded Best Actor, because in my mind he won it with this gripping performance as a pimp who didn't really want to do that for the rest of his life.

I am impressed by Terrence Howard's performance in this riveting film.

It just dragged on.

However, the story starts off slow.

"Hustle & Flow" was engrossing, spirited, and succulent.

I liked Brewers direction and writing, this is a gritty film that is thought-provoking, emotionally packed and entertaining.

Memphis, though, is so evocative of music, that almost every shot recalls its history, like the bridge that overlooks where Jeff Buckley drowned.

As for the movie, Terrence Howard's role as DJay is a remarkable one in that he becomes immersed in the character of DJay.

It's powerful, engrossing and a joy to watch.

The movie was gritty, sweaty and very entertaining.

Terrence Howard is Absolutey Mesmerizing, Intense, and Engaging.

Interesting, engaging movie .

It starts of slow and just ends.

But even those of us who have never lived in squalor, who've generally had advantages that others do not, can appreciate the intense, gray world in which DJay and his associates live.

All and all I think it was an entertaining and enjoyable film and it give me an up close and personal look to a way of life I've never experienced and really didn't know much about.

The "somewhat happy" ending seems just a little contrived.

Very entertaining.

I really enjoyed it this movie.

Although unrealistic and lacking intelligence, it is entertaining if you are looking for something that doesn't require thinking.

Terrence Howard plays D-Jay and he gives a very engaging performance.

In one of the most raw and intense performances of recent memory, newcomer Terrence Howard embodies D-Jay with an animal-like ferocity that will help you overcome what few formulaic clichés embody the script.

Much of today's gangster rap has devolved into commercial, cliché garbage.

Good, engaging plot.

I thought the movie was enjoyable .

It is entertaining, and fun (sort of) and tragic and triumphant in unexpected ways.

Don't waste your money on this film.

As the pimp he's rock solid, never hits a wrong note, a guy born on the wrong side of the wrong tracks suffering from being just intelligent enough to know what a waste his life has been thus far.

I thoroughly enjoyed this entrancing and engaging movie ...

Sometimes violent in areas you are not expecting, but overall, the direction is great, the music is riveting, and I got the feeling that I was there, in Memphis, as a fly on the wall while all of this was going on.

Otherwise it was a good drama worth the watch and rental.

Enjoyable like Showgirls or an Arch Hall Jr. Film .

While Terrence Howard as Dee Jay, gives a strong Oscar nominated performance in this film, his riveting depiction of a ghetto youth's attempt to make it into rap music is hurt by the continuous vile language in the film.

Yes, I like some of the points being made in the story, but the story as a whole was empty to me and useless.

Unfortunately this point is about 20 minutes before the end of the film when suddenly Brewer abandons his approach and falls back on cliché, easy options and, worst of all, an optimistic ending that sees him holding DJay up in a way that he had mostly manage to avoid doing.

Oddly compelling .

In DJay, he creates a very deep and layered character capable of brutal violence and unexpected moments of compassion at times.

This is one of the worst movies of 2005.

I sat in my seat with a huge smile on my face watching a guy singing a song called "Its Hard Out Here for a Pimp" and actually really enjoyed it, even the song.

I found Hustle & Flow to be very enjoyable and much more memorable than Batman Begins (which I saw last night!

Lately, he's been suffering from what he himself calls a "mid life crisis," as the realization has begun to dawn on him that his life is going nowhere fast.

Plus it is just plain entertaining.

In fact, the title pretty well sums up the contradictions that he somehow makes fully functional in his Sundance sensation: taking ideas and material that seem rather forced and contrived on paper and make them flow into a naturally cohesive, rousing, and surprisingly moving whole.

Interesting, engaging movie.

An Entertaining Hip Hop Fantasy .

The music(if you consider rap music) was annoying, repetitive, and completely unrealistic (gosh, that was the quickest voice lesson in history, given by a guy who doesn't even sing!

Most of it was empty, except a couple of scenes.

The dialogue was wooden and trite.

The premise that this ghetto hustler wants a career in rap music is interesting but the film soon deteriorates into a cliché molden atmosphere of the deprivation of his people.

All I seem to recall reading were negative comments about the movie saying that it was such a cliché.

In the end, Brewer & company unfold a compelling story with enough grit to give it an air of authenticity.

Hustle and Flow is a very compelling and very satisfying urban drama.

He helps bring life to the cliché.

" It's fascinating to watch the whole process.

Story has good actors, some good points, but story is weak and empty as a whole.

Fully engrossing, heartbreakingly honest, entertainingly open-minded...

predictable MTV .

Both films are emotional, entertaining, and completely riveting.

and I enjoyed it.

Unfortunately it gets a little formulaic towards the end with the requisite violence which we know in advance won't lead to death because at that point too much time has been invested for such a drastic departure.

2) Rousing rap music.

If like me you hate overly formulaic films, films that you have seen over and over again with different titles then Hustle and Flow will be a real treat.

When, people originally are told about this film, understandably the idea of rappers and gun crime can seem a little cliché, and almost annoying watching another film about idiots shooting each merely for the sake of it.

If you like rap music at all, then I think you will find "Hustle & Flow" to be thoroughly entertaining, and I guarantee you'll be singing the songs afterwards.

Unfortunately, while "Empire" is consistently entertaining, "Hustle & Flow" builds slowly and unpleasantly.

By the same token, it is an enjoyable film to watch and laugh out loud.

They were shot separate from the movie and just as entertaining.

All in all this is definitely a film worth watching.

Do not let the storyline put you off, this is a movie worth watching.

This intense, underrated actor is finally getting his long, overdue share of the spotlight.

This film has an excellent performance by main actor Terrence Howard whose gripping monologues throughout the film leave you captivated.

Particularly enjoyable was Djay's friendship with the people around his life.