I was keen to see The Hustle, a remake of one of my favourite ’80s movies, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (which is itself a remake of Bedtime Story, a fact I wasn’t aware of until today). Then, as now, it’s the story of 2 con artists who are adept at parting gullible rich people from their money.
But this time, the gender roles have been flipped and it’s the clever chicks conning the dumb blokes. So thoroughly modern …
Josephine (Hathaway) lives on the French Riviera and with the help of a local crooked cop and her butler, she uses the (unspoken) promise of being a beautiful trophy wife to con very wealthy men out of money and jewels.
Along comes small time Aussie hustler Penny (Wilson), whose presence threatens to bring down Josephine’s highly successful and lucrative hustle.
The two ultimately join forces to con a young, rich American app designer out of a cool $500,000, but who is conning who?
Should I watch it?
Yeah go on.
If you, like me, are a fan of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and hope to find the same electric comedy magic that existed between its 3 stars, Steve Martin, Michael Caine and Glenne Headly, you will be disappointed.
However, if you are just after a fun, mindless romp through the French Riviera, then you will should enjoy this movie.
The movie starts off well. Clever, witty and with Rebel toning down her usual brash comedy schtick just enough so you won’t want to punch her within a very short space of time. Don’t get me wrong, I love Rebel but let’s be honest, she grates quickly when she’s not strongly directed.
It follows almost word for word the previous Dirty Rotten Scoundrels script, veering only for gender flips and modern updates. But somewhere in the middle, it is goes a little awry and never quite manages to capture the magic of its first 30 or so minutes.
Hathaway shines as the multi-lingual beauty who reels them in and Wilson is….well she is just Rebel.
I enjoyed this movie and thought it hilarious in parts while the remainder was just funny enough to keep me watching. This won’t be the worst movie you will see all year (I hope) but it also won’t be the funniest.
Running Time : 94 minutes
Release Date : In cinemas now
Who is in it : Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson, Ingrid Oliver, Alex Sharp, Tim Blake Nelson.
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