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It's not terrible. It's not anything, really, except an excuse for Hathaway to swan about in a series of clingy dresses and fake accents and Wilson to pratfall and deadpan her way from one outlandish scheme to the next.
"You could've been more!" is something I wanted to stand up and scream during the closing credits of The Hustle... starring Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson. Instead, I packed up my popcorn, left the theatre and wondered how it all went wrong.
Even with Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson as con artists, the setups are flat, the jokes don't land and the actors strain for laughs that never come. Be warned about this femcentric spin on Dirty Rotten Scoundrels-it's the audience that gets hustled.
"The Hustle" slavishly hews to the script of "Scoundrels," sometimes even the way scenes are shot. It's only adjusted for technology - mobile phones, computers, Venmo - and the actresses' personalities, aka boring and klutzy.
Anyone who's seen the original film will be able to track each twist and reversal of fortune beat by beat, and more pressingly, they'll immediately recognise the issues unavoidable in this feminist revisionism.
Actual laughs would have gone a distance, but even still, The Hustle would forever serve as incontrovertible evidence that flipping the script to create opportunities for women can sometimes result in the creation of an accidental Pandora's box.
Yet while The Hustle is more overt when it comes to discussing gender... it doesn't really have all that much to say. Not about gender, not about con artistry, and definitely not about how to craft a satisfying studio comedy.
Anne Hathaway detonates a megaton blast of pure unfunniness in this terrifying film. She leaves behind a mushroom cloud of anti-humour, reducing every laugh possibility to grey-white ash in a postapocalyptic landscape of horror and despair.