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Running Time:
1 hour, 54 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for sex and drug content, pervasive language and some violence.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
An involving and entertaining tale of redemption with an inside look at the contemporary music scene, some nice musical numnbers and the making of a terrific new star - Terrence Howard.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Commentary by writer/director Craig Brewer; Behind the Hustle; "By Any Means Necessary"; "Creatin' Crunk"; MEmohis hometown premiere; 6 promotional spots; Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 TVs

Hustle and Flow
DJay (Terrence Howard) is a streetwise pimp in Memphis with a stable of twenty-dollars-a-trick live-in ladies including a young white runaway Nora (Taryn Manning) and shy, pregnant Shug (a magnificent Taraji P. Henson). They eke out a living one day at a time, until, DJay finds an antiquated Casio keyboard-synthesizer and decides he's found his key to a future, writing rap music. Fortuitously, too, he bumps into old school friend Key (Anthony Anderson), a sound engineer who has up to now convinced himself that he's happy living a churchy middle-class life with his talky wife Yvette (Elise Neal). DJay struggles to find his words, scribbling on notepads until he can come up with just the right freestyle raps - his flow - and the two team up with Shelby (DJ Qualls), a church musician with a beat machine, to lay down bass-thumping background tracks. DJay's metamorphosis affects his entire house, as the women in his life find ways to contribute to the creative process. With the impending visit to Memphis of hometown platinum-selling rapper Skinny Black (Ludacris), DJay has to make one last hustle if he's ever going to flow. Writer-director Craig Brewer exhibits an undeniable confidence that permeates every aspect of this well-made and entertaining film.

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