Review | ‘Wall Street scammers’

Welcome to one of the best shows of the year.

Dorothy (Constance Wu) decides to go to work as a dancer in a strip club so that she can help her grandmother with the payment of the house they live in. There he will meet Ramona (Jennifer Lopez) who will teach her to show off on the track and earn more money from the men who attend the venue, many of them Wall Street moguls. But when the 2008 financial crisis hits their source of work, they will have to find a new way to earn an income, even if it means going against the law.

Undoubtedly, Lorene Sacafaria has achieved one of the best films of this year. Inspired by the real case portrayed in an article in New York Magazine, the story puts us in the shoes of these women who, backed by their beauty, managed to snatch large amounts of money from rich and powerful men.

But this was not always the case, because before the economic debacle, all of them used only their talent on stage to be able to earn money in an honest way, although much criticized by society. Here Scafaria shows us these women who are strong and aware of their needs, since it is clear that just like them, many do it to help their families or simply because they are looking for a better opportunity for their future, even if that means taking advantage of the moment and accumulating money. Enough money to pay for a home, a career, or your own business.

Lopez and Wu make an extraordinary pair, and both deliver nominee-worthy performances in awards season. Both women represent leaders and mothers who will do whatever it takes to get ahead with their families. However, the path they decide to take is dangerous and illegal. Because yes, it is never justified or celebrated that these brave friends decide to drug and cheat those men who look powerful and wealthy. On the contrary, it is clear that what they do is not correct, but it is the only way they know to be able to get out of this situation.

What is to be applauded is the director’s ability to show empowered women in control of themselves. Able to start their own ‘business’ that gives them more than enough money to live and at the same time, help others in the same situation. Because they also mention it, they are stealing but they do it with people who surely made those millions by swindling others, only in a more elegant and legal way. These men who invest, yell and fight on Wall Street have their hands as dirty as yours, so it is their job to be a kind of modern Robin Hood.

The film also functions as a sharp and intelligent critique of the excessive capitalism that guides the lives of all of us in this age. Consumerism and the desire to have a better life, is what convinces them to cross the line and put themselves in danger, with the sole objective of being happy. But as its resolution makes clear, every crime must be paid for, regardless of the reasons for which it was committed.

With great pacing and a solid script, this intense drama, thriller and comedy is also a great portrait of the friendship and love that we all feel for people who make us see that the effort of each day is worth it. Scammers of Wall Street is a real surprise in the movies, a film that delivers more than meets the eye and does it very well.

Título original: Hustlers
Direction: Lorene Scafaria
Guion: Jessica Pressler & Lorene Scafaria
Elenco: Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Lili Reinhart, Julia Stiles, Cardi B, Mercedes Ruehl, Keke Palmer, Trace Lysette, Vanessa Aspillaga, Mette Towley, Lizzo, Madeline Brewer, Tia Barr, Tommy Bayiokos, Tommy Beardmore, Steven Boyer, Kristoffe Brodeur, Kristina Asriyan

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Review | ‘Wall Street scammers’