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10th May
2019
written by Adam

Professional hustlers Josephine (Anne Hathaway) and Penny (Rebel Wilson) are two of a kind who couldn’t be further apart in style and operations. Pitted against each other in a turf war, the two will have to pull out all the stops to prove who’s the better con artist. But, it’s a battle of wits that might cost them dearly if they’re not careful, watch your step ladies. Directed by Chris Addison and based on the previous works of Stanley Shapiro, Paul Henning, and Dale Launer, most recently 1988’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. This remake of the classic upstairs/downstairs con battle royale attempts to move scenery into the 21st century but sadly remains a hollow shell of what was despite the fire power that both Hathaway and Wilson bring to the table. Largely improvised scenes fall flat and fail to maximize their full comedic value eliciting few chuckles, a call for re-watching Michael Caine and Steve Martin’s nuttier and more quotable antics from 30 years ago. Pass. The Hustle is rated PG-13, ho-hum.

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