The Movie: 4/10
I got that feeling again. That feeling I get when I look at a movie poster or trailer and I think, “NOPE!”. The Hustle inspired this, and that’s just how it is. I really do like Anne Hathaway. I really do not like Rebel Wilson. I’m not really a yuck-it-up type in the comedy department. I didn’t love the Dirty Rotten Scoundrels movie from the 80’s, and that’s what this is based on. All these things don’t bode well for me watching, enjoying, liking this movie. Let’s see if I was wrong.
I was not…oh was that not suspenseful enough?
I did laugh a few times, of course. I giggled at Rebel Wilson twice because she said or did something that was genuinely funny. Anne Hathaway’s character is pretty stuck up and elegant, so when she did something comical or unexpected, it did make me smile. Everything else confirmed my original bias. I didn’t really like this flick.
I get it. It’s comedy. It’s wile and wacky and I need to lighten up. Yes yes yes, this is not the first time I have heard this advice. As it stands, however, until someone gets that sense of humor crammed into a syringe and shove it in my veins directly, I am not currently amused.
If you enjoy the over the top theatrical comedy style, give it a try. I wouldn’t watch this one again, unless of course it is a rainy afternoon at my mom’s house and all her other channels are fuzzy with bad reception (no she doesn’t have cable), her internet would have to be down, and my phone data would have to be all used up or no signal. Then again, I would just chit chat with my mom instead. What movie would I watch instead of visiting with my mom on such a day? Hmmm good question. Hunger Games. She loves all those movies, so we could watch together. See what happens when I don’t like a movie, this, I can’t even bring myself to talk about it anymore.
Watch it and see what you think.
- Hitting The Mark (5 Minutes) – A look at the two main actresses and the gender switch from the original movie.
- Comedy Class (6 Minutes) – Another look at the two leads and how they brought the humor to the movie.
- Con Artists (7 Minutes) – A look at the script and how this was all put together.
- Audio Commentary – Director Chris Addison explores the deepest darkest corners of the production of the film.
- Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Copy
Audio & Video: 8/10
The Hustle was filmed in 4K but alas no 4K release for this one. The 1080P presentation is stellar though with a rich array of color and exceptional close up detail. Contrast and shadow detail are also great and I saw no encode flaws throughout the entire run-time.
The DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track used here is energetic and full of surround activity right from the start. LFE while rare can be heard in some of the films more action sequences. Dialog is crisp and central just like it should be.
Overall Score 4/10