As you may (or not) have noticed, I haven’t seen/reviewed a movie in a while. There was nothing I was interested in seeing, and I think I may have been going through withdrawls so I decided to catch this movie. I had heard that it was really good, that J-Lo had given an award-worthy performance, and that J-Lo worked really hard on being able to work the pole at her age (she just turned 50). I can state that J-Lo did give a strong performance. Award-worthy? Eh… I don’t know about all that, but it was a good performance. And yes, it is obvious she trained long and hard to be able to do the moves she showed off on the pole. All in all, I give the movie 3.5 Icees. I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t all that and a bag of chips.
This movie is “inspired by a true story”. Now I don’t know if that means that they take more creative freedom than if it were “based on a true story” or not, but the story they tell is interesting. From the trailers you can tell this movie is about strippers (so yes, there is some nudity but not graphic or poorly done) who end up drugging and stealing from their clients. The path on how they got from point A (stripping) to point B (drugging) is one that I thought was told very well. The movie gives some insight into the life of a stripper. How authentic that is, I don’t know since I’m not one but it seems realistic.
The movie is best when it focuses on the relationships of the ladies. It does this in spurts, and sometimes inconsistently, but when it does… it’s good. Some of the other scenes tend to fall flat.
As I stated before, J-Lo gives a strong performance. Constance Wu (Crazy Rich Asians, Fresh Off The Boat) is ok as the newcomer and the relationship between these two is what I find to be inconsistent at times. I would go into more detail but that would be spoilers and I don’t do that. I think Julia Stiles is weak as the reporter but that’s just me. Cardi B and Usher also appear with small roles.
There is a scene as the credits role but I don’t know that I would say that it’s worth staying for. Nothing after the credits.