This remake of ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ gives us a gender flip and two amazing actresses that seem to have left their skills at home. As far as the remake goes, alot of people are on the fence simply because it is a remake. We must remember that Scoundrels was a remake too. The original was made in 1964 and called ‘Bedtime Story’. It starred David Niven and Marlon Brando. Michael Caine and Steve Martin gave us the first remake and now Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson do not fail to deliver, until now.
“A cheap remake barely worth the price of admission” – Kate Erbland, IndieWire
Unfortunately this film is a line by line remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. I was rather hoping for an update of sorts. One that would tie into modern issues. Amazingly the 55 year old plot still holds up and I assume you know the story so I wont go into details. What bugs me the most about the film is that the only new jokes are ones in which one woman tears down another. I was expecting the femme-centric comics to reinvent the concept but ultimately, though funny, the film gives us nothing new.
“Hathaway has become Death of Comedy, the destroyer of gags” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, goes onto say, “When last month Hellboy surfaced from its subterranean realm, it seemed beyond the outer limits of the human imagination that a Hollywood film would rival it for eye-gougingly, witless incompetence within a decade.”
I read that The Hustle has a 16% on Rotten Tomatoes. That puts it into pretty bad territory for likability.
Humorous but not worth a second glance and certainly not worth the $15 movies cost these days.
Production companies: Cave 76, Camp Sugar
Cast: Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson, Alex Sharp, Ingrid Oliver, Nicholas Woodeson
Director: Chris Addison
Screenwriters: Stanley Shapiro, Paul Henning, Dale Launer, Jac Schaeffer
Producers: Roger Birnbaum, Rebel Wilson
Executive producers: Ilona Herzberg, Dale Launer, Charles Hirschhorn, Alison Owen
Director of photography: Michael Coulter
Production designer: Alice Normington
Costume designer: Emma Fryer
Editor: Ant Boys
Composer: Anne Dudley
Rated PG-13, 93 minutes
Gross Box Office Sales to date: $23,204,362