What is in common between the words greed, money, friendship, and revenge? That’s what The Scammers brings, a new film directed by Lorene Scafaria, based on a true story from New York’s Magazine columnist Jessica Pressler’s article, The Hustlers at Score. Featuring Jennifer Lopez as Ramona Vega, Constance Wu (Destiny), Julia Stiles (Elizabeth), Keke Palmer (Mercedes) and guest appearances beyond Lili Reinhart, the rapper Cardi B and singer Lizzo.
The film, as presented, is based on columnist Jessica Pressler’s article (Julia Stiles), written after the interview with stripper Destiny (Constance Wu), where she tells stories of how she and others did to extort Wall Street men that after the fall of the stock market, took the Moves club, where they worked, almost bankruptcy and, driven by revenge on these men, who were mostly their customers, have broken their livelihood, and to continue earning Destiny, and the gang had to reinvent themselves. Started by Ramona Vega (Jennifer Lopez) and featuring Anabelle (Reinhart), Mercedes (Palmer) and Destiny (Wu) herself, the plan was always the same: seduce men in bars, drug them and abuse their unlimited cards, to continue to maintain their standard of living.
With one of the most surprising performances of Jennifer Lopez, who really embodies the role of her character, along with Constace Wu who also brightens the script very well distributed by Lorene Scafaria, the film can very effectively show the drama of these women’s lives, which do what they often do for lack of choice. Despite the illegality of facts, female power excels in portraying the strength of a friendship and how a group of women can do what they want, clearly the purpose of the film. Comedy scenes also add a special twist to the plot, leaving the film so overwhelmed with suspense and drama, which makes all the difference by having a few good laughs along the way.
With its December 5th theatrical debut, Hustlers came to show that women can do anything.