The plot follows Destiny, played by Constance Wu, a high school drop-out who makes money lap dancing and occasionally pole dancing, though her shyness does not help her make big bucks. Luckily for her, the formidable Ramona (Jennifer Lopez) takes Destiny under her wing, teaching her all the hottest moves for the pole and for her rich clients.
The pair even start dancing together to entice richer clients, before the 2008 crash leaves them and their stripper friends totally destitute and forced to work in menial roles to earn enough cash to feed their families.
Soon, Destiny becomes engulfed in a life she had not planned as she, Ramona and their crew turn their lap dancing skills into a lucrative hustle which tests their moral boundaries as they work outside of the law.
Ramona is the perfect lead to Destiny’s naive girl - and Destiny looks up to her as almost a mother figure as she grapples with her own parents abandoning her when she was a child, a theme which comes up a number of times in the film.
The structure of Hustlers is different to the usual heist drama, as we flit between the strippers taking the city by storm and an older, embittered Destiny who is recounting her time with the gang to journalist Elizabeth (Julia Stiles.)
Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu in Hustlers (Image: STX Entertainment)
Lili Reinhart's Annabelle on the con in Hustlers (Image: STX Entertainment)
With the story based on a New York magazine article, it makes sense the journalist is seen here, as she tries to piece together a story where people’s perceptions are conflicting and still raw with emotion.
Constance Wu perfectly captures the young, naive stripper whose youthful innocence