We have seen our share in films about strippers, but not so much that we delve deeper into gender dynamics. When you come across a realistic story about strippers involved with Wall Street investors in NYC, it is pure gold as a potential movie.
No wonder Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B are now linked to a new film based on the “real” story of Robin Hood strippers who managed to come up with a plan to steal money from many of their Wall Street customers.
While some may crave the idea that JLo is in a film about strippers, here is a much bigger story. However, there is also the problem of whether the story is real.
What’s this stripper hustler story all about?
It comes from a famous 2015 piece from New York Magazine describing the time when a small group of female strippers worked for a shady NYC strip club where rich Wall Street execs often visited. The time of the strippers there was not that long ago. This was just before the big financial crisis in 2008, when Wall Street was still rolling.
Instead of just settling on with many of these rich and arrogant men, the strippers designed a plan to lep money out of them. Call it a new variation on the ocean-led Ocean’s 8 franchise if you want, but with a bit more complexity in gender definition.
Allegedly the strippers were successful (to a certain extent) in their endeavors. You can look at the name “Robin Hood” as women who have to work in a dubious profession to help themselves above themselves to help themselves.
A great story, but is it true?
Deciding what is true and what is not nowadays has become a complicated process. We all know that many films are “based on a true story”, which makes it problematic to take so-called truth-based films seriously.
One of the biggest problems with Hustlers’ story is that the second-hand was told to a reporter in New York Magazine. When The Cut recently reprinted the story, it was noted that the person who told the story admitted that the story was fictional.
All this was revealed, despite the fact that one of the strippers was allegedly charged with the crimes. Yet there is no empirical evidence to support everything.
This does not prevent JLo and Cardi B from using the film to explore gender dynamics.
Maybe there’s enough truth to make the movie intriguing
JLo and Cardi B are already friends, so a collaboration for this film is an interesting combination. By the way, Cardi B once worked as a cartoonist herself when she was 19. A story like the above seems to be something that she would have caught up with herself to go into the world.
From the perspective of JLo, she wants to use this story as a complex social lesson. There have not been many films in which the internal struggles during the 2008 financial crisis were investigated. Stripper / dancers who worked in New York City were seriously injured as a result, although this comic strip provided more insight into the role patterns. Today, with the #MeToo movement, things are getting better defined about what it’s like to be a woman.
In this film we will get a glimpse of what it was like when too many women were still appreciated based on their appearance rather than their professional skills.
Bringing truth out of a dubious story
To keep things more interesting, the writer of the comic strip claims that it is impossible that it was made up. All in all, it doesn’t really matter, because it sets up a great concept for a film set during a fascinating (albeit depressing) time.
It is also more than a little refreshing to allow JLo to return to potentially award-winning acting roles. The first acting role of Cardi B can also show us that she can divide her experiences from the past life into a surprisingly superior second career as an actress.