What do real-life hustlers think of the hit movie 'Hustlers'? 3 former exotic dancers weigh in
- The film "Hustlers" hit theatres in early September and has become a critically acclaimed box-office smash.
- But what do real life hustlers think of the $33 million-dollar success? We asked three women who worked as exotic dancers during the same era to reflect on the film's accuracy.
- "There were moments ... that just rang so true," said one woman who worked as a stripper in Seattle from 2012 to 2015.
- "I wish I could say that this film humanized dancers to the general public, but I'm afraid it has not," said another, who was an exotic dancer in New York City and Las Vegas from 2000 to 2010.
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Director Lorene Scafaria's film, "Hustlers," is a box-office smash and a darling of professional film critics.
Washington Post's Ann Hornaday described the movie - which follows a crew of high-end strippers who band together to turn the tables on their wealthy Wall Street clients - as a "funny, naughty, entertaining kick in the pants." New Statesman declared it "a refreshing example of changing attitude towards sex work," while The Nation called it a "subversive joy," featuring women rebels who critic Joshunda Sanders characterize as "quite literally stealing back their power."
But what do real life hustlers think of the $33 million-dollar success? We asked three women who worked as exotic dancers during the same era to reflect on the film's accuracy, as well as their time on stage. Here's what they said.
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