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Movie Review – Hustle & Flow (2005 – United States)

Updated on June 14, 2012

An uplifting movie about the transformational value of creativity

For someone entranced by the visual vocabulary of film, I own remarkably few movies. Why? Because I'm fickle, and there are so few I want to watch again, and I know it. Therefore, when a picture comes along that I buy instantly and, indeed, watch over and over . . . well, it's worthy of note, as is Craig Brewer's astonishing Hustle & Flow , which I own, and play so often it's a bit silly.

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The difference between a movie's plot, and its theme

This picture illustrates the difference between plot (low level Memphis pimp and dealer dreams of becoming a rap star) and theme (the transformational quality of creativity). Therefore, this is a picture for anyone who has a dream, a vision, a goal, whatever you wish to call it, and whatever it may be. "Every man has a right--a goddamned right--to contribute his verse", J. Quails' character, Shelby, tells us, and he's so right!


Creativity is the essential quality that defines humankind

For artists everywhere, this movie resonates and inspires. And we are all "artists", because we belong to a species blessed—or cursed—with creativity. Believe in yourself, believe in your dream, and never give up. This is a film that not only reminds you to do so, but can inspire you to reach just a tad further and step your game up. Remember: "It ain't over for me."

Highly recommended.

Copyright © Roberta Lee 2012. All rights reserved.

(I am an artist and the author of the Suburban Sprawl series of novels as well as two nonfiction books. Find out more about my work at

Genre: Drama

Running Time: 1 hr. 54 min.

Directed By: Craig Brewer

Written By: Craig Brewer

In Theaters: Jul 22, 2005 Wide

On DVD: Jan 10, 2006

Box Office: $22.1M

Distributed by: Paramount Classics


Terrence Howard - Djay

Anthony Anderson - Key

Taryn Manning - Nola

Taraji P. Henson - Shug

DJ Qualls - Shelby

Ludacris - Skinny Black

Paula Jai Parker - Lexus

Elise Neal - Yevette

Isaac Hayes - Arnel

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      DIYmyOmy 5 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      Do you have a favorite movie in which the creation of music plays a large part in the story? If so, please use the Comment box to let me know......

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      DIYmyOmy 5 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      Thanks! It takes more time to add the photos and links, but it does make the article a lot more interesting.

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      Emer420 5 years ago

      Good review. Well written and the pictures and links makes the Hub more interesting. I enjoyed it. :)