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Movie Review: Hustle & Flow

Alternate Title: Heart & Soul

Story: It's difficult to like a pimp and small time drug dealer, yet this very entertaining film by writer and director Craig Brewer does just that.

Small time loser, D-Jay, has dreams. He coulda been a contender in the hip hop field but things did not go his way. Cut to his meeting an old HS friend who helps him find his groove and thinks that he might just make all of his dreams come true. This film could have gone south in so many directions but kudos to director Brewer who never allowed it to sink into the very predictable.

It's a little bit of Memphis style "The Commitments" meets "8 Mile." This film is an homage to dreams and long shots. Give it a chance and you will surely smile.

Acting: A great cast led by the terrific Terrance Dashon Howard (Crash) with a superb ensemble including the fabulous Taraji P. Hensen as Shug, Taryn Manning, Anthony Anderson, Paula Jai Parker, Elise Neal, and Ludacris.

Predilection: None

Food: Lots of good home cooking including, meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans and lots and lots of fried foods.

Soundtrack: A toe tapping hip hop track.

Opening Titles: All the credits except for the title are at the end.

Theater Audience: I was all alone at this showing.

Predictability Level: Moderately high.

Tissue Usage:0

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: Give this summer film a big screen viewing and support these kinds of films.

Length: Under two hours.

LOBO HOWLS: 7