Hustle & Flow
Entertainment: +1
Acceptability: -4

In a harsh portrayal of the inner-city life of Memphis, DJay (Terrence Dashon Howard) is the pimp of three prostitutes trapped in a hopeless culture. He hopes to find fame and fortune as a rapper with the help of Key (Anthony Anderson), a sound engineer at a local church. With a limited budget to record music, DJay relies on the expertise of Key and the pot-smoking Shelby (DJ Qualls). He funds the project with the help of his women who turn tricks for him. When the tape is finally recorded, DJay orchestrates a meeting with platinum-selling rapper Skinny Black (Ludacris), who returns to the old neighborhood for a visit. The bridge at the meeting is built with DJays bag of marijuana. After a rocky start, the two connect in a smoke-filled room as DJay anticipates the prospect of making it big. But the meeting takes a turn for the worse, and his hope crashes into tragedy.

Its hard to imagine a movie more hopeless and degrading than Hustle & Flow. Women are repeatedly referred to as b-tches and seen as bodies to be used by men. Key and his wife are portrayed as Christians through their church involvement and dinnertime prayers, but their involvement in a profanity-laced, pot-smoking music project reeks of hypocrisy. The song that DJay and his team hope to complete is about the trials of a pimp, as if he needs sympathy. When DJay meets with Skinny Black, the marijuana smoke fills the air as both men become stoned. When Skinny Black betrays DJay, violence is the result. A generation ago, a movie like this would have never made it to the big screen. Sadly, many today will be entertained by it as will their children, as evidenced by the eight- through ten-year-olds brought to the screening attended by this reviewer. Preview strongly advises you to avoid this tragic movie.

Preview Reviewer: Henry J. Rogers
Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Crude Language: Many (20+) times mild (hell 10+), strong (b-tch 10+)
Obscene Language: Many (50+) times strong (f-word 30+, s-word 10+, p-ssy 10+)
Profanity: Many (10+) times strong (GD 10+)
Violence: Many times strong (man is beaten and shot in a bar, man is beaten while being arrested, woman is slapped while she and her child are forced out of a house, woman is choked for disobeying a pimp)
Sexual Intercourse: Several times moderate (prostitutes turn tricks for pimps nothing is shown)
Nudity: Several times moderate (women are shown in a strip club dancing and in the change room with rear-view nudity, womans breast is shown while she dresses, several shots from under the skirts of prostitutes with underwear visible)
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Many times moderate (pimps and prostitutes have repeated sexual dialog); strong (lap-dancing in a strip club)
Drug Abuse: Many times mild (frequent alcohol use); moderate (frequent drug abuse)
Other: N-word is used 30+ times; Christians are involved in a profanity-laced project; a Christian woman is seen as a gossip; one Christian man attempts to break up an argument by saying, Lets go smoke a joint
Running Time: 120 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and Adults

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