"Hustlers" last weekend took the second spot at the top-10 box office, beneath "It Chapter Two", and is now riding high on rave reviews - as well as Oscar buzz for star Jennifer Lopez, who plays a streetwise stripper who takes ingénue Constance Wu under her wing (and into her fur coat).
No reason was given by the distributor, but the LPF said it was packed with so much obscene content there would not be much of a film left after all the necessary cuts had been made, according to a report by AFP.
The Malaysian government has been accused by art critics of being a nanny state for its conservative position on the films it allows to be shown in the country.
"We regret to inform you that "Hustlers" movie release has been canceled as it has been banned in Malaysia".
The chairman of the Film Censorship Board, Mohamad Zamberi Abdul Aziz, told Agence France-Presse that the film has too much obscene content and isn't suitable for public screening. We deeply apologise for the inconveniences caused to our beloved followers, fans of the movie, medias and partners. "Our honest apologies that we have let you down", the film's Malaysian distributor Square Box Pictures posted on Instagram.
On September 10, the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) gave the movie 15 certificate due to its "sexualized nudity, strong sex references, language, and drug misuse".
Aside from Cardi B, Wu, and Lopez, the film also stars Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Stormi Maya, Madeline Brewer, and Julia Stiles. It is directed by Lorene Scafaria.