By Mary Cox
Who says crime doesn’t pay? It surely does in “The Hustle.” Penny Rust, (Rebel Wilson), is a two-bit con who has worked her New York neighborhood for a few hundred dollars from each mark. She wants to work bigger targets so she goes to the French Riviera and horns in on sophisticated, glamorous British Josephine Chesterfield’s, (Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway), marks.
Penny and Josephine make a bet. Whoever can get $500,000 out of a tech mogul, (Alex Sharp), first gets to keep the Riviera and the other woman has to leave.
The story is a re-tread of 1988’s “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” starring Steve Martin and Michael Caine. The screenplay was by Stanley Shapiro, Paul Henning and Dale Launer and Jac Shaeffer from a story by Stanley Shapiro, Paul Henning and Dale Launer.
“The Hustle” was directed by Chris Addison.
Even though we have seen this story before, it was funny and I loved the way Hathaway and Wilson played off of one another. Some of the comedy was real slap-stick but there was great dialogue and one-liners that will keep the audience laughing.
The sets and costumes were beautiful and very sophisticated. I loved the home that Josephine’s lives in. It is chuck-full of beautiful art and furniture.
While Wilson plays an uncouth, ignorant scam artist in “The Hustle”, in real life, she is anything but. Wilson has a law degree from the prestigious University of New South Wales
Although “The Hustle” makes a good date night movie, you may want to wait and catch this on Red Box or when it streams on some other venue.