Movie Review: The Hustle

This film is directed by Chris Addison and it stars Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson, Alex Sharp, Dean Norris and Tim Blake Nelson.

This film is about Josephine (Anne Hathaway) a beautiful and seductive woman who lives her days seducing and defrauding men. Penny (Rebel Wilson) comes along doing the exact same thing but in a different manner. Soon Josephine and Penny must decided to work together or against each other as both are going after the same men.

The trailers for this movie sparked my interest just a bit and now that I saw the movie I’m disappointed. This movie will give you some laughs but not as many as I thought I’d get. This movie didn’t engage me at all. I admit that Hathaway and Wilson have chemistry and their relationship is believable but the poor script doesn’t help them at all.  I’m afraid that Wilson is only being offered to play parts where she makes fun of her weight and I’m not the biggest fan of it. Having a specific body shape shouldn’t automatically narrow down or limit the type of roles one can play. Sadly this is true only for women as men who are overweight can still play serious roles (some can even be superheros). I won’t be specific because I don’t want to spoil anything but the ending was very anticlimactic. I’m trying to understand what exactly this movie was going for but I just can’t. I felt that it wanted to give women a film to watch and to show that women are capable of defrauding men with different methods (not only seducing). It nearly accomplished that but the ending simply ruined it (for me). Sadly I felt no connection to the characters, but I will admit that in some serious and emotional moments I did feel it, which leads me to think that the actors did everything they could with what they were given. Unfortunately this is one of those films where I did catch myself looking at my watch just to see how much longer I needed to be in that theater. I always say that movies are subjective and therefore if the trailer sparks your interest go ahead and give a shot. Sadly I can’t recommend to see this movie.

I give this film a 4 out of 10

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