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The Hustle (2019) on IMDb

Plot Overview

woman teacherPeripatetic grifter Penny Rust (Rebel Wilson,) “the fake tit job bitch,” plays a distant second fiddle to established mistress of the con Josephine Chester­field (Anne Hathaway.) The latter has got “deep roots here” in Beaumont Sur Mer on the French Riviera, but neither has attained to legendary Medusa status. Under pressure Mlle Chester­field agrees to tutor Penny in con artistry, but the results are laugh­able. They must part ways as, “There isn't room for the both of us.” To settle who goes and who stays, they concoct a competition to con billionaire tech guru Thomas Wester­burg (Alex Sharp) who has alighted on their jet set patch (“Thomas is the bet.”) The game goes sour when Thomas turns out too sincere to hurt.


With a two woman team (“She's ready,”) they could attempt the “Lord of the Rings Play.” We suppose that's an allusion to Frodo's solitary quest to return the ring to Mordor, but his faith­ful garçon Sam refused to be separated from him. Come to think of it, their antagonist Gollum was also conscripted as their guide. Here we find illus­trations of, (Eccl. 4:9-12) “Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? And if one prevail against him, two shall with­stand him; and a three­fold cord is not quickly broken.”

Production Values

” (2019) was directed by Chris Addison. Its screenplay was written by Stanley Shapiro and Paul Henning working from an earlier story from a stable of writers. It stars Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson, and Alex Sharp. The three leads gave it their all, but I can't say they were the best casting choices.

MPAA rated it PG–13 on appeal for crude sexual content and language. Don't let the pretty faces fool you. It's mercifully short at about 1½ hours. The sound track music was so so. The dialogue was very raucous; the jokes were crude but funny.

Review Conclusion w/ Christian Recommendation

“The Hustle” was a piteous remake of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” with gender bending role reversals. DRS playing to type was a master­piece. Men tend to compete rather than cooperate as women do. “The Hustle” worked well enough as an avant-garde film, but it has its limitations. If your expectations are silly laughs, knock yourself out.

Movie Ratings

Action factor: Decent action scenes. Suitability for Children: Suitable for children 13+ years with guidance. Video Occasion: If you've nothing better to do. Special effects: Average special effects. Suspense: A few suspenseful moments. Overall movie rating: Three stars out of five.