The Hustle (2019)

 (3,946)5.41 h 33 min2019X-RayPG-13
Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway have winning chemistry as a pair of con artists plying their trade in a stunning seaside town in the south of France as they compete to swindle a naive tech prodigy (Alex Sharp) out of his considerable fortune.
Chris Addison
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3.9 out of 5 stars

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jwwReviewed in the United States on May 11, 2019
3.0 out of 5 starsNot terrible, but definitely not as good as Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
The con artist comedy The Hustle is a remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels with Michael Caine and Steve Martin, which was itself a remake of Bedtime Story with Marlon Brando and David Niven. The lack of advertisement for this didn't leave me with high hopes. However, the movie was better than expected. Still, it was also a pale imitation of DRS.

The movie's biggest issue is that the plot from it's predecessor is basically replicated point-by-point. Everything is too expected. The reason Dirty Rotten Scoundrels became more entrenched in public memory than Bedtime Story was because it was willing to take the story on a different trajectory. I mean the general idea of two con artists competing over a mark is a general idea that could've been reinvented in multiple ways. They could have at least changed geographic locations. If you haven't seen DRS, you'll probably get a lot more entertainment value out of this.

Rebel Wilson plays the Steve Martin/uncouth, "small-time" con artist role. The problem is that the film relies too much on her. It's clear, that a good portion of filming involved director Chris Addison just having Wilson ad-lib. When Wilson is funny, she is very funny. She can have such a delightfully sharp tongue. But she produces a lot of groaners, too. In fairness to Wilson, it was up to the director and editor to which material showed up on film. Doesn't help that the actress' character and a lot of her material feels recycled from previous films. They try to make her character sympathetic in the end, but the character is so acidic the audience's empathy isn't earned.

Anne Hathaway fairs a lot better as the Michael Caine/classy and haughty con artist. Her posh British accent is clearly fake, but she's so committed to the role that I couldn't help enjoying it. (The same can't be said for another accent she uses later on.) She also has a great control of non-verbal mannerisms. The best difference between this and DRS is that unlike with Michael Caine's total straight man The Hustle isn't afraid to knock Hathaway's haughty character down a peg and make her the butt of the joke at times. It's fun to see the character's rare moments where she loses her temper and drops all sense of control and class.

Alex Sharp plays the mark, and I'm afraid the character isn't very interesting or really leaves much of an impression.

I know I have a lot of complaints about this film, but the reason I didn't give this a lower rating is because when it was all said and done I didn't have a bad time. When it's funny, the movie is funny. (Also doesn't hurt that since this is set in the French Riviera, the whole thing looks nice.) This is by no means a great movie, but I didn't walk away feeling cheated either. Thing is that I can see some people really liking or disliking this. I say take a chance, but there's no need to make this something to see immediately.
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LisaReviewed in the United States on August 7, 2019
1.0 out of 5 starsTerrible !
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We couldn't make it through the first half of this movie. We love these actresses but this movie is a complete waste of time and money.
132 people found this helpful
AriaReviewed in the United States on August 8, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsVery enjoyable
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Not sure why the negative reviews. It's all in good fun. Just relax and go with the movie! It's fun!
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VidTaylorReviewed in the United States on August 13, 2019
1.0 out of 5 starsWhy?
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The concept of a female driven Dirty Rotten Scoundrels seems like a sure thing - Not sure how the filmmakers messed this up as a bad as they did - but - DID THEY! Don't waste your time or money. Scene for scene its a lackluster mimic of the Caine / Martin dynamic that just never breaks through its blurred and rusted reflection in the greed driven mirror of this attempt. I wanted so much more from this movie... It's actually left me feeling more empty than before I watched it. Well done Hollywood, well done.
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NotAverageReviewed in the United States on August 8, 2019
2.0 out of 5 starsNo comedy, no jokes, no acting
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This movie was horribly scripted. I thought it would be funny. It wasn’t. Instead of releasing it on digital they should send it to the last Blockbuster store and let it die.
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SealidghReviewed in the United States on August 21, 2019
1.0 out of 5 starsNot even close
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If you've seen "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," you will recognize this terrible imitation. Rest assured Rebel Wilson is *nowhere* near the comic genius that Steve Martin is, and nowhere near as talented. Anne Hathaway is her usual beautiful self, but this was not good match. And who did the wardrobes? Good grief. Hideous.

Don't bother with this tripe. Rent or buy the Original and funny, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels".
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RHReviewed in the United States on August 18, 2019
1.0 out of 5 starsTrashy and 100% NOT believable
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While an entertaining idea for a movie, the presentation of the concept could NOT have been worse. Not once did I laugh, even though this is supposed to be a comedy. The producers must think that everyone is stupid. This movie is way over-priced and not at all worth $15. The lead characters are great in general, but this movie was beyond terrible.
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RowanReviewed in the United States on September 4, 2019
1.0 out of 5 starsDisappointing in so many ways
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What made Dirty Rotten Scoundrels so magical is exactly what was lacking in The Hustle.
DRS was directed by Frank Oz, the masterful character builder and storyteller who worked alongside Jim Henson. Oz came of age in the latter days of vaudeville and slapstick, and used them to great comedic effect in this beloved movie by partnering goofy and earnest Steve Martin with straightman Michael Caine. It can't really be replicated now because comedy has changed a great deal since 1988. It seems like the makers of Hustle tried to bypass this by throwing in some gross humor, and making men the butt of the joke this time.They also hired amazing actresses to play the leads, both of whom did their best but could not redeem this feature. I watched The Hustle, hoping that it would be a clever remake of a childhood favorite in the new tradition of the new Ghostbusters movie, which I loved. I was also drawn in by the Hathaway/Wilson combination. But the rewrite was bad. So, so bad. I kept watching The Hustle for the incredible landscape, and the hope that the plot would somehow be redeemed by a twist that differentiated it from the original. The only twist I found - spoiler - was that the full figured woman gets a hot guy at the end. That is unusual in fat-phobic Hollywood, and was a refreshing change.

Save your $5.99! And if you're nostalgic for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, go watch that instead.
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