The Hustle (2019)
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And now we know why. It's only 90 minutes long, but it feels like just a fast paced brush through of scenes that worked better before.
it robs it of wit, of funny, and also of any real purpose or sensible plotting, and i'm confused as to who this is meant for other than the Rebel Wilson fan.
And speaking of Wilson, is her 15 minutes almost up yet? It's gotta be. She's fine in small doses in those Pitch Perfect movies but insufferable in any kind of leading role.
She plays the Steve Martin role here and where Martin was charming, Wilson is deeply, deeply unpleasant. She's gratingly loud, infantile, idiotic, and falls back on slapstick fat jokes way too often.
My one defense of her is that she seems to be taking the crap even Melissa McCarthy doesn't want but even still, there are solid comic performers who have shown something even with weak material but she's been terrible so far.
Anne Hathaway on the other hand should just know better not to go anywhere near this. Like in Oceans 8, she's a highlight, but she wrongly has to play second fiddle to Wilson.
And this is yet another female remake that sets itself up as "the femaing this to actresses?les are going to get back at the men." Did these people even know the ending of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels?
Even so, these characters here make all the wrong moves. Like the Wilson character even tells the Hathaway character that she's a con artist. Why would you do that?
Well the reason she does it here is because she mostly just cons men and she tells the Hathaway character this because of course another woman would sympathize with conning men.
This is a movie that also seems to think con artists also need to be knife throwing ninjas. What it never really does prove that either one of these two women are competent enough to string anyone along on a con.
And if you thought they wouldn't do a Ruprecht scene, well, they did. And it's not just a pale imitation, it's an embarassing failure in nearly every way.
They also do a Dr. Schaffhausen scene and I will say it's probably the one time here where the movie shows some of it's own ingenuity.
Overalll the few times where it does try to do it's own thing, it goes bust, and it's plot copies not just yield diminishing returns but make you think why does Hollywood keep do
They sell this is some sort of female empowerment but the movie is not just unfunny, it also doesn't even seem to understand the concepts that made the other movie great.
There are people who can write new, interesting, funny stuff for women. Proving you can do what a man can do is not the same as doing an exact retread of what men have done.
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With as many British actresses as there are, don't hire an American to try to pull off a British accent...it's just stupid.
Though I like Rebel Wilson in some things, this was NOT one of them.
Slapstick is sooo 1980's and that is what this was. I can't believe Hathaway accepted the role. The writing was terrible!!
It was very "simple". Those who liked it or thought it was funny, should not tell anyone you liked it, because it makes you look as "simple" as the movie.
The plot was absurdly dumb and sloppy. I felt so offended as an audience, and honestly surprised how this movie even got approved by whoever's in charge. The acting was painful to watch. Rebel Wilson - I've never really taken her seriously to begin with, it's just her being her, per usual. Anne Hathaway - that. accent. was. just. begging. for. a. slap. The whole movie just bothered me so much I really wanted to walk out right in the middle; and I was sitting in a fancy recliner seat!
Even as a silly comedy -- the jokes were so bland and lame. Totally expected and the movie was just so painful that I couldn't laugh, I mean, the biggest joke here was me paying the money to come see the movie, seriously.
In this comedy, two scam artists team up to take down the men who have done them wrong.
Overall boring, predictable and unoriginal. There is great star power from Hathaway and Rebel Wilson ("Isn't It Romantic") and the horrid script from "The Hustle" wastes the talent at hand. I chuckled a few times but this film is a major let down and is not recommended.
It became immediately apparent that 'The Hustle' was a poor remake of 'Dirty Rotten...', and it was not hitting our funny bone at all except for the one clip that was used in the trailer. Other than that, the plot was the same, but different (feminized).
And, in the original, the MASTER scoundrel turned out to be a woman. I have decided I'm not a fan of Rebel Wilson.
After being completely disappointed by The Hustle in this remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988), Bedtime Story had me on the edge of my seat laughing again! Brando shows us true Hollywood comedy and his performance nailed the theme without being silly like Martin or Wilson.