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‘The Hustle’ cons its way into the hearts of the audience

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“The Hustle” a movie filled with comedy and con came to theaters May 10. The film, rated PG-13, and was produced by Roger Birnbaum, the CEO of Spyglass Entertainment, as well as actress Rebel Wilson (“Pitch Perfect”), who is one of the stars in the film alongside Anne Hathaway (“The Princess Diaries”) and Alex Sharp (“To the Bone”). The 2019 film was directed by Chris Addison, who has also directed the television show “Lab Rats” and “Skins”.

The film starts with introducing Hathaway as Josephine Chesterfield, a British con artist who lives a very lavish lifestyle. Then, by coincidence she meets Penny Rust played by Wilson, a fun-loving Australian con artist who poses a threat to Chesterfield’s career. However, as a cunning women, Rust proves to be capable of doing much more than threatening Chesterfield’s job, so she decides to take Rust under her wing and teach her a more “proper” way to con.

Once this is accomplished, Rust wants her own cut of the money they had conned, but Chesterfield thought she was not yet ready. To Rust’s dismay, they then decide to make a bet similar to the one from the 2001 rom-com “Heartbreakers,” in which they must con a man out of something to determine an outcome. In this  case, one must swindle young tech billionaire Thomas Westerburg into giving one of them $500,000, and whoever wins gets to stay in Beaumont-sur-Mer and the other must leave.

Near the end of the movie, there was a huge plot twist I was not expecting. It was something that wrapped the movie up nicely and left a satisfying cliffhanger. That left a feeling of “Oh the next movie is going to be so good!” While “The Hustle” has been in theaters since May 10, it has earned more than $13.1 million at the box offices. However since the movie only has 16 percent rotten tomatoes, the chances of a sequel are unknown.

Hathaway’s character in the movie was British and personally, I felt her accent was very eloquent and sounded very realistic. The actor who played Thomas Westerburg, Alex Sharp, is British but played an American in the movie, and throughout the film you can hear his British accent come out a bit but overall his American accent was decent.

I rate the movie a 4.5 out of 5 bulldogs because all in all, I did get a lot of good laughs out of it, and the acting from Rebel Wilson was comedic and professional at the same time, as always. However, some of the humor throughout the movie did get a bit crude which did not seem suitable for younger audiences, so I would keep an eye out for that.

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