brian-mcgee - April 23, 2019
I have yet to hear the cries of outrage over the new comedy The Hustle being an all-female remake of the classic 80s comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Is it because they changed the title and no one knows about it? Is it because no one loves the original all that much? Maybe it's because Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is itself a remake and this sort of thing happens constantly in Hollywood? Or, could it be because, as a society, we've become enlightened enough to stop getting up in arms every time Hollywood decides to remake a movie and gender swap the casting?
I'll give you a moment to catch your breath after laughing at that last one. The Hustle finds Anne Hathaway stepping into the Michael Caine role as the more seasoned con artist on the prowl in the French Riviera, while Rebel Wilson takes the Steve Martin role of the low rent swindler looking to move into the big time. They launch a competition with the winner getting to stay and the loser leaving town forever. The other twist here is that the two are seeking revenge on a number of men who have wronged them and not competing for the affections of a rich woman as Caine and Martin were—as well as David Niven and Marlon Brando in the original original Bedtime Stories.
This trailer shows that the film is clearly targeting female audiences with its Mother's Day weekend release. "Let the boys go see the Revengers and we'll see the movie with the ladies," some mom seems to say. Go get 'em gals, because The Hustle begins on May 10.