review by Bobby Blakey
Rebel Wilson is one of those actresses that you either love or hate. I love her over the top commitment to every role and confidence she brings no matter how the overall film turns out. Now she is teaming up with Anne Hathaway for The Hustle, a gender swap remake of the 1988 comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels that starred Steve Martin and Micheal Caine. Could these two female powerhouses bring a scam worth checking out or will it not be a con worth buying into?
The Hustle follows two female scam artists, one low rent and the other high class, who team up to take down the dirty rotten men who have wronged them. I am not one of those that have a problem with remakes or reimaginings, but I do had when they gender swap a film for no apparent reason unless it offers something up. While the trailers for this movie didn’t offer much other than a few generic laughs I was hoping this duo would be enough to elevate it to a higher level. Sadly this was not the case and not only did this serve up as a unnecessary remake there just weren’t very many laughs to be had.
Wilson brings her usual comedy to the role and is actually pretty perfect for this sort of part, but there just wasn’t anything new to help it stand out like some of her other performances. The usually awesome Hathaway is horribly miscast here. They needed an older woman to make this role work in my opinion to buy into the level of success she had. There was a strange over the top direction with her performance that just didn’t work for me. The story isn’t anything we haven’t seen before, but had they got a bit more clever with the story instead of keeping so close to the original it might have worked better.
I really wanted to have fun with this movie, but it just didn’t offer up any laughs and felt more unnecessary. I would love to see these two team up for something better suited for them both as I think it could be gold, but this just wasn’t it.
In addition to the film this release features bonus content including commentary and featurettes taking audiences behind bringing this film to life. Get in on the con and grab your copy of The Hustle available now on digital, Blu-ray and DVD from Universal Home Entertainment.