Directed by: Chris Addison
Starring: Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson, Alex Sharp, Dean Norris
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Release date: 10 May 2019
Running Time: 94 Minutes
The Hustle is an upcoming American comedy film directed by Chris Addison and written by Jac Schaeffer. It is a female-centered remake of the 1988 film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels which is itself a remake of the 1964 film Bedtime Story. The film stars Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson, Alex Sharp, and Dean Norris. The film is scheduled to be released on May 10, 2019 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
Two women who get tricked by two men plan revenge against the same ones who wronged them.
In August 2016, it was announced that Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was developing a female-centered remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988), which in turn was a remake of Bedtime Story (1964), about two con women with Rebel Wilson as one of its stars. The project will be a joint production with Roger Birnbaum and Wilson producing through their studios Pin High Productions and Camp Sugar Productions, respectively. Jac Schaeffer serves as screenwriter.
In January 2017, the working title of the film was revealed to be Nasty Women, with Anne Hathaway as lead. The title is a reference to the “nasty woman” comment which Donald Trump directed at Hillary Clinton, during their campaign debates. By March, Chris Addison was hired as director in his feature film directorial debut. In August of the same year, Alex Sharp was cast to play the male lead in the film, a tech billionaire in his early 20s who becomes the wager center between the two experienced con-women.
Principal photography began during mid-September 2017 at both Pinewood Studios and Shepperton Studios in the UK, with filming also taking place at the Farnborough Airport.
After several release date changes, the film is scheduled to be released on May 10, 2019. Universal Pictures will handle international distribution.
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.
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The Hustle Movie Review:
A rather tame, unprepossessing attempt at comedy, this film starting Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson works too hard to be funny, as a consequence, fails to generate laughs. Director Chris Addison has attempted to remake the 1988 Michael Caine – Steve Martin comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels by changing the gender of the leads and retaining most of the ideas and set-ups from original – the 1964 David Niven – Marlon Brando comedy “Bedtime Story”. This flat, lacklustre attempt fails to bring on the laughs.
Josephine Chesterfield (Anne Hathaway) specializes in conning posh fools while Penny Rust (Rebel Wilson) does the same to ordinary folk. When they decide to get together though, they hope to strike it richer by entering into a competition to a tech billionaire Thomas Westerburg’s (Alex Sharp) pockets. But it doesn’t work out as smoothly as they hoped.
The feminist angle of vengeance against the men folk for exploiting women is just lip service here. It’s clear that the two are driven entirely by avarice and nothing else. There’s neither dramatic affect nor comedic to lighten the weight of seeing two u scrupulous women on the make.
Neither Hathaway nor Wilson manage to strike sparks off each other nor are their together moments tied well enough to generate laughs. The writing is rather pedestrian – making even the most frivolous light hearted moments seem labored. Hathaway’s clingy outfits and faux accents don’t come across as accomplished. Rebel’s deadpan comic routine doesn’t catch fire either. The actresses are competent in their individual roles but together they amount to a damp squib. The plotting is unremarkable, the writing fails to give vein to humor and the narrative lacks slyness and guile. This attempt at comedy is rather unexciting and flat.