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‘The Hustle’ Con vs. Con

 

 

 

 

 

 

By John Delia Jr

In the world of the confidence game it is important to make sure that you never give away your cover to the trick. This involves months of strategic planning that covers all basis of the scheme that not only draws out the getaway, but includes the deception that never implicates you as the one who performed the task.

In this domain we are about to enter, we find two unlikely characters who cross paths that may or may not bring them to a future they never expected. First, there is the young scam artist Lonnie (Rebel Wilson), who just starting out in the business, takes things out on guys who dislike big women. Then there is the experienced veteran grifter, Josephine (Anne Hathaway), who scams millions from rich business men giving her wealth beyond any other means.

When they first meet things get a little dicey, but when Lonnie seeks help from Josephine, together  they become more than rivals trying to see who is better at this game of  being a Con-Artist. When a young computer programmer, Thomas (Alex Sharp), who has developed a phone application that has made him millions becomes the target, things start to become even more competitive. The two enter the realm of ultra bitter rivals until things seem to spin off into another direction.

Director Chris Addison puts together an entertaining storyline that does produce some laughter, but feels more like a drama instead. This far out story similar to the plot of the 1988 film, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, starring Steve Martin and Michael Caine, does have its moments, but lacks the hilarious comedy it’s advertised to be. Don’t get me wrong, Rebel does bring some of her usual wild comedy, but Anne is more of a serious actor and this turns the motion picture into a more dramatic style of presentation.

This entertaining film that is surely a remake with a female cast is worth watching but maybe from your living room couch. The characters are very interesting, amusing at best, enjoyable and are performed very well by their artists. In addition Director Chris Addison does deliver some beautiful landscape throughout, using spectacular views of the Balearic Island in Spain.

 

Final Comment: I based my grade on the not so original storyline and the lack of comedy expressed throughout the film, but it was still an entertaining movie. 3 out of 5 Stars

 

 

Additional Film Information

Cast: Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson, Alex Sharp, Ingrid Oliver, Emma Davies, and Tim Blake Nelson
Directed by: Chris Addison
Genre: Comedy
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 on appeal for crude sexual content and language.
Running Time: 1 hour and 34 minutes
Release Date: May 10, 2019
Distributed By: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and United Artists Releasing
Release In: Standard

 

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