A week after “It Chapter Two” took over theaters around the country, we’re now getting a very different sort of event film. “Hustlers” tells the story of a group of strippers (Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Keke Palmer and Lili Reinhart) who decide to go into business scamming rich businessmen.
“Hustlers” has won over critics handily, earning an 87 percent Fresh rating from review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. That’s not a huge surprise to those who have seen it, because this flick is quite the rousing crowd-pleaser — it’s one of those movies that can make you laugh and cry at the same time.
The fact that “Hustlers” is based on a true story means that it’s very unlikely to ever get a sequel, and generally we think of movies with post-credits scenes as being part of a franchise — what with Marvel using them to tease future movies for so long. But the reality is actually that just as many movies have included an extra scene during or after the credits just for fun. And even those Marvel flicks usually have tmultiple bonus scenes, one to tease the next entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and one or more that just are there as gags.
So does “Hustlers” go that route, by throwing in a mid-credits or post-credits bonus scene? As the credits kick off they’re accompanied by a strip club DJ making announcements over the PA, and very early on he introduces the four main characters (Lopez, Wu, Palmer and Reinhart) for one last performance, and we see them dance together in a celebratory manner like they do after each score during the movie. After that brief sequence end and the credits continue, the only other extra content you’re going to get is more comments from the club DJ.
So while we do encourage our readers to hang out through the credits in appreciation for the many, many people who put in many, many hours to bring the film you just watched to life — if you need to get out of there quickly, you can rest easy knowing that you aren’t missing any extra scenes after that dance.
All 44 Stephen King Movies, Ranked Worst to Best (Photos)
Where does “Doctor Sleep” place among the many big-screen adaptations of the horror master’s work?
Stephen King isn't just an author by this point: He's an institution, a legacy of classic horror stories that capture our imaginations, fuel our nightmares, and speak -- when he's at his best -- to our shared experiences as flawed, emotional beings. The best King stories scare so many of us that we all feel connected, and even the worst are usually pretty fun.
King's books and short stories quickly became hit movies, many of them celebrated in their time, and some flopped so hard that hardly anybody remembers them. Cataloguing every adaptation might be a fool's errand, so we made some tough choices and decided to focus only on his theatrical releases.
And even then, there are so many King adaptations that it gets tricky. The sequels to King's work rarely have anything to do with the source material, so they're all disqualified (even though some, like Larry Cohen's prescient anti-fascist monster drama "A Return to Salem's Lot," are genuinely interesting). We also cut King some slack and removed "The Lawnmower Man" from our watch list, since he fought to have his own name removed from the film and won.
(There are also some adaptations that are simply difficult to find in America, like the Indian adaptions of "Misery" and "Quitter's, Inc." -- "Julie Ganapathi" and "No Smoking" -- but we tried. We promise we tried.)
Even with all those caveats we felt one particular film deserved a quasi-official, honorable mention. Before we rank into every theatrically-released Stephen King adaptation let's give out one honorable mention...