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Hustle & Flow

HD   R Closed Captioning

Craig Brewer

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About the Movie

DJay is a Memphis hustler who spends most days in a parked Chevy philosophizing about life while Nola (Taryn Manning), turn tricks in the backseat. He's not very good at pimping, but he can hustle almost anything or anyone and makes enough to keep himself and three girls satisfied and housed in his shotgun home. DJay however is in the midst of a midlife crisis; he quietly harbors dreams of becoming a respected rapper. When he learns from a local club owner, Arnel (Isaac Hayes), that rap mogul Skinny Black (Ludacris), is rolling through town, DJay decides to record his flow with the hopes of slipping his demo to Skinny. With little help from his friends and "family" DJay sets in motion the hustle of his life, and galvanizes the lives of those around him as they learn that "Everybody's gotta have a dream."

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 157
  • Fresh: 129
  • Rotten: 28
  • Average Rating: 7.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Hustle & Flow suspends you in its spell of mood, of feeling, of climate. It's a pop picture that finds its richness in peeling down to the essentials of good storytelling. – Stephanie Zacharek,, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Howard redeems this lumpy fantasy. Soft-spoken and mysterious, he presides over the movie with a dangerous, feline grace. – David Ansen, Newsweek, Mar 14, 2018

Fresh: So much love went into Hustle & Flow that it almost glows with it. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Hustle & Flow promises gritty street drama but delivers Pretty Woman with crunk instead of Roxette. – Kyle Smith, New York Post, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Pleasently Suprised

Wow,,,, Terrence Howard owns this movie from the opening scene!! Not A fan of "urban Movies" but this was really well done. Plus "hard out here for a pimp" totally deserved the OSCAR!!


This movie was genius. A great soundtrack, a detailed and heartbreaking plot, and 3-D characters. Hard out here, indeed.

First review?

Best movie of 2005!

Hustle & Flow
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2005

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