It was easy to overlook in a summer when we had movies such as “Avengers: Endgame,” “Detective Pikachu” and “Toy Story 4,” but now that the movie is easily available to stream at home through Hulu, it’s the perfect time to check out “The Hustle.”
A gender-swapping remake of the 1988 film “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” which is in turn a remake of the 1964 movie “Bedtime Story,” “The Hustle” gives a feminine twist to the con artist story. Directed by Chris Addison and co-written by Jac Schaeffer, the film stars Anne Hathaway (“The Devil Wears Prada,” “Les Misérables”) and Rebel Wilson (“Pitch Perfect,” “Isn’t It Romantic”) as Josephine Chesterfield and Penny Rust, the former being a sophisticated con artist while the latter is a novice. Meeting each other on a train, the two decide to team up in order to con billionaire Thomas Westerburg (Alex Sharp). Sure enough, things don’t go according to plan, and hilarity ensues.