Monday, February 13, 2006

It's Hard Out Here For a Pimp

Last week I decided to sign up for Netflix. Not sure why it took me so long to get around to it. Anyway, one of the first batch of DVDs I received was Hustle & Flow. I really enjoyed the movie, and thought Terrence Howard gave a strong, compelling performance ... but it made me realize that any movie that follows the Rocky formula is guaranteed to sucker you in. You could make a movie about a down-on-his-luck, underdog bookkeeper from Pittsburgh with a dream of becoming a shoe salesman and the audience would lap it up.

When I think about the actual story of Hustle & Flow, it's all rather cheesy and ridiculous ... but I thoroughly enjoyed it when watching it. I mean, why is everybody making tapes of their music??
(Obviously, to make them seem poorer, more retro, and more underdog ... but come on people!!)

If only Burgess Meredith were still alive to play the white boy. That was the only thing standing in between Hustle & Flow and a Best Picture nomination, as far as I can tell...


Blogger Sam Goldberg said...

I never noticed before, but in the poster Terrence Howard even looks Rocky! Spot on analysis as usual, Syder.

That demo tape was brutal. They had high end mixers and recording equipment, but couldn't burn a CD between the 3 of them?

Also, in addition to Terrence Howard, I was really surprised at how good Anthony Anderson was. He is usually ridiculous, but he was actually understated in this movie.

Can't wait to see "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" performed at the Oscars.

12:59 PM  
Blogger Alex said...

I've been on Netflix for a while now, and Hustle and Flow has been on the top of my list since it was released, but they won't give it to me yet since it's still listed under "short wait" status. There's an article on today about how Netflix is deliberately delaying movies for their most frequent customers. Hmm.

1:13 PM  

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