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Film Review: The Hustle – 2 stars

Film Review

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a comedy masterpiece and a film that’s endlessly watchable. The Hustle is the latest of a worrying trend of regurgitated movie remakes that thinks that a gender-swap is all it needs to become a box-office hit. The Hustle is a complete failure that misses the point on practically every level. The story mirrors the original. Loud and brash con-artist Penny (Rebel Wilson) finds herself heading to the South of France to find a fresh crop of marks to financially exploit. The only problem is that this is the hunting ground of refined fraudster Josephine Chesterfield (Anne Hathaway), who does not want or need the competition. So a wager is set, with the loser having to leave for good because this town isn’t big enough for both of them. A lack of understanding on the fundamentals of comedy is The Hustle’s biggest failing. Gags are left hanging in the air thanks to poor set-up and absolutely no emotional attachment.

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