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‘The Hustle’ – Review

‘The Hustle’ – Review

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The con is on and there’s plenty of hilarity with it in The Hustle, a comedy that really amps up the comedy.

In the hilarious new comedy The Hustle, Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson star as 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.

The Hustle is a film that is up for anything and director really brings out the funny in his new e-imagining of the classic 1988 comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Taking audiences back to the glamour and mystique of the French Riviera, The Hustle introduces us to two competing con artists: the elegantly sophisticated Josephine (Anne Hathaway) who has made conning men out of their fortunes an art form, and the in-your-face, trashy-funny quirks of Australian smart aleck Penny (Rebel Wilson) who suddenly sees what her efforts could bring her. And of-course while it starts out as sisters in arms, things soon get competitive between these two hustlers and that’s when things really get interesting and the laughs quickly mount up.

One of the most impressive parts of The Hustle for me was really seeing star Anne Hathaway let loose. While she has established herself as a leading dramatic actress and I normally see her more in light of her abilities to handle serious drama, it was fun watching her break loose here as veteran con woman Josephine, who has to deal with a new player in town. While she absolutely handles Josephine’s glamour perfectly, it’s her ability to really stretch her legs with the variety of ‘characters’ that she has to play throughout the film that really makes things entertaining. I especially liked it when Hathaway gets the chance to play up situational comedy and as there are some surefire crack up moments here.

Playing next to Hathaway is the always dependable Rebel Wilson and she really goes for some out and about loud fun as Penny, a not so refined con woman who decides that she needs to step up her game. The result: comedy gold. Seriously there are moments here where Wilson will have you crying with laughter, one of which in particular is when she assumes the character of Hortence in one of Josephine’s schemes and the resulting delivery had me in fits of pained laughter. It really is that good and her chance to play off of Hathaway gives her plenty of room for fun.

If you’re looking for a fun time filled with laughs then The Hustle is a guaranteed great time out and the funny doesn’t let up for a moment.

Image: Universal Pictures NZ