Hustle & Flow

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +1

Content: -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
Paramount Pictures

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

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)

Sex: 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)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times moderate (pimps and prostitutes have repeated sexual dialog); strong (lap-dancing in a strip club)

Drugs: 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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