On DVD: The Hustle

It’s easy to see why Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson would want to star in a female-centered remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. But the whole endeavor seems to have been a waste of time because The Hustle is so deeply unfunny that it barely passes as a curiosity as the words and images play out across your screen.

Strangely, when the credits rolled at under 90 minutes, I thought it was a jest, as the movie’s story felt like it had only just started moving, even though it copies the original movie.

There isn’t much else to say about it. Hathaway chooses a strange accent for her character that goes unexplained. Wilson falls down a few times. It’s the sort of movie everyone will forget exists in a few weeks time. In fact, I’d forgotten it released this year until the DVD showed up in my mailbox.

Special features include a commentary track and a few YouTube-length features that mostly involve the cast and crew hyping up the movie.


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Administrator of Midwest Film Journal. Previously a staff writer for TheFilmYap.com, Evan has been writing film criticism in the Indianapolis area for over half a decade. He is a member of the Indiana Film Journalists Association. He also reviews Oreos.


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