Ocean’s Eleven was a crime film that opened up the world of story’s where we route for the criminals. That franchise itself proved immensely successful but also encouraged many more films like it. We have a need to find out how these robberies are committed and what skill level it takes to pull them off. The Hustle has a slightly less serious take…
We follow two female con artists, Josephine (Anne Hathaway) and Penny (Rebel Wilson). They cross paths one day and Penny, who up until this point has only accomplished cons on a small scale, wants to team up with Josephine who is living an outlandishly luxurious lifestyle, all because of her cons. Reluctantly, Josphine agrees to mentor Penny. After some time though, they wish to go separate ways but begin fighting over the same wealthy men. That leads to a bet being instigated and whoever wins said bet, will have a claim to con, over that part of the world. That’s where the real story begins…
This film has a very average rating on IMDB so I was reluctant to watch it. Comedies are usually judged harshly but in recent years, there haven't been that many good comedies released. It’s hard to write something funny that appeals to everyone. I think that a lot of writers are worried about being offensive as a lot of comedy usually pokes fun at things.
Anyway, there was a lot I liked about the film. There were funny moments throughout and it wasn’t a film that took itself seriously. The cons are clever but not Ocean’s Eleven clever. There is an unexpected turn at the ending and I think it’s the perfect way to keep it lighthearted. We see friendships develop and disintegrate. The character arcs are interesting.
The negative is probably that a lot of the film feels predictable. You kind of know how it’s going to end within the first few minutes. Even the twist doesn’t change that, it just changes the circumstances. The Hustle isn’t meant to be a thrilling film though, it’s a comedy so as long as it makes you laugh, it doesn’t matter if you can guess how it’s going to end. It’s a pretty unrealistic film too. It’s hard to imagine these characters are the way they are, doing the things they do and that it continually works in their favour with no real repercussions.
Honestly, I liked the film so I’d recommend it. Maybe it’s because I’ve been a fan of Anne Hathaway since The Devil Wears Prada. It’s silly, it’s funny, the acting is good. I’d watch it again. It’s the perfect film when you just need to relax and unwind. It’s lighthearted fun and I think it does well in its genre.
My rating - 7/10