Magazine October 14, 2019, Issue

Jennifer Lopez Delivers a Career-High Performance in Hustlers

Lili Reinhart, Jennifer Lopez, Keke Palmer, and Constance Wu in Hustlers (STX Films)

The movie Hustlers, a based-on-a-true-story portrayal of strippers who ripped off their clientele, aspires to be many things: a caper movie, a feminist take on the strip-club scene, a commentary on sex and power in the age of finance capitalism. But the one thing it is, decisively, is an appreciation of Jennifer Lopez as one of the wonders of our age.

In a way that recalls Bo Jackson in his two-sport years, Lopez’s division of her time between music divahood and movie stardom has left her with a movie career whose highlights are more impressive than the whole. Her perfect turn

This article appears as “A Hustle Gone Wrong” in the October 14, 2019, print edition of National Review.

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