"The Hustle" is not as bad as the ratings would have you believe. Is it silly? Yes. Is the plot paper thin? Absolutely. But this movie is set up for the jokes and they delivered the jokes.
Junior (Charlie Murphy) and Freddy (Al Shearer) work for a bug extermination company called Roach Stompers. They have to wear humiliating outfits and worse yet, they have to deal with roaches. The two professed kleptomaniacs got in hot water when they stole ten thousand dollars from a Japanese gang. They couldn't even repay the money because Freddy lost it all while running from said gang. With no conceivable way to pay it back, Freddy decided that bilking honest churchgoers by pretending to be a pastor was the best way to earn the $10k in the week they were given.
There were plenty of laugh-out-loud moments in this comedy. I don't think Charlie Murphy has been given enough credit as a comedian and he certainly wasn't given enough roles. The biggest mistake of this movie was repeating the plot of the Ice Cube movie "First Sunday." It was only one year prior that "First Sunday" was released with the premise of robbing a church. If I had any other criticism it would be the dark-skinned jokes. I don't find them that funny because they perpetuate an ugly stereotype and promote self-hate.
This movie was helped by some familiar faces: John Witherspoon, David Alan Grier, Tiny Lister, and Kym Whitley to name the most well-known. It's sad that of the cast of this movie three have passed away: Charlie Murphy, Tiny Lister, and John Witherspoon.
"The Hustle" is no masterpiece, but it certainly had me laughing, and that's all that I ask for.
Action / Comedy
Action / Comedy
Disenchanted pest sprayer and single dad Freddie Manning is always trying to hustle a tiny bit more from his disappointing life when he suffers a series of setbacks that puts him in the unlikely position of his biggest hustle yet. It all starts when he falls upon a large sum of mob money, which Freddie and his cynical, naysaying best friend, Junior, lose in a crazy chase through the city. Freddie and Junior are left owing Asian crime boss Toshiba Ohara and his spicy daughter, Han, $10,000 ~ in seven days! The pair don't know what to do until they're mistaken for the Replacement Ministers expected at a struggling, run-down Baptist church during a pest call. They trade their Bug World outfits for minister robes and soon are inspiring the tiny but enthusiastic church into a fevered fundraising campaign. Freddie knows nothing about preaching, but his hilarious, straight-from-the-heart sermons seem to touch people and no one is more surprised than Freddie when his fake healings become real ones. Along the way, the congregation and community are forever changed, but not as much as Freddie and Junior themselves. With fresh, exhilarating performances by a top-notch cast, including Al Shearer, Charlie Murphy, Tamala Jones, Brigitte Nielsen, David Alan Grier and others, The Hustle will warm your soul and tickle your funny bone.
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