Hustle & Flow
Source: Catholic News Service
Well-acted but problematic drama about a Memphis pimp (Terrence Howard) who tries to better his life by pursuing his dream of becoming a rap artist, aided by a former classmate (Anthony Anderson) and his supportive stable of prostitutes (Taraji P. Henson and Taryn Manning). Written and directed by first-timer Craig Brewer, the film's redemptive theme hardly justifies its moral ambivalence toward its protagonist's reprehensible -- though never glamorized -- actions, especially his degrading use of women in satisfying his uphill quest for self-fulfillment. An uncritical portrayal of prostitution, extended partial nudity, some violence, drug content, much raw sexual language and profanity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.
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