The combination of Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson in “The Hustle” turned out to be a success, with the film grossing over $95 million worldwide since its release in May.
Now you can see for yourself in the comfort of your home why it was so successful in theaters. The film released to rental outlets this week.
Rebel Wilson, an Australian native, first got noticed by Americans with her role in “Bridesmaids” alongside comedy queens Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Melissa McCarthy.
But her most recent claim to fame has been her role as Fat Amy in the “Pitch Perfect” trilogy.
Also starring in the movie, Anne Hathaway’s coming off her most recent film, “Ocean’s 8,” which deals with a bit of thievery and hustling itself.
The actors play a pair of con artists plying their trade in a seaside town in the south of France. Josephine Chesterfield (Hathaway) is a glamorous, seductive Brit with a sprawling home in Beaumont-sur-Mer and a penchant for defrauding gullible wealthy men from all corners of the world.
Into her well-ordered, meticulously moneyed world bursts Penny Rust (Wilson), an Aussie who is as free-form and fun-loving as Josephine is calculated and cunning. Where Penny amasses wads of cash by ripping off her marks in neighborhood bars, Josephine fills her safe with massive diamonds after ensnaring her prey in glitzy casinos.
Despite their different methods, both are masters of the art of the fleece so they con the men that have wronged women.
IMDb trivia says the film is advertised as a remake of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” (1988) with Michael Caine, Steve Martin and Glenne Headly. “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” is actually a remake of “Bedtime Story” (19 64) with David Niven, Marlon Brando and Shirley Jones.
The film, directed by Chris Addison, is rated PG-13 for crude sexual content and language.
Another film set to be released this weekend is:
n “A Dog’s Journey” directed by Gail Mancuso and staring Dennis Quaid, Josh Gad, Marg Helgenberger and Kathryn Prescott. A dog Bailey is living the good life on the Michigan farm of his “boy,” Ethan and Ethan’s wife Hannah. He even has a new playmate: Ethan and Hannah’s baby granddaughter, CJ. The problem is that CJ’s mom, Gloria decides to take CJ away. As Bailey’s soul prepares to leave this life for a new one, he makes a promise to Ethan to find CJ and protect her at any cost.
This film is rated PG for thematic content, some peril and rude humor.
n “The Sun is Also a Star,” directed by Ry Russo-Young and staring Yara Shahidi, Charles Melton, John Leguizamo and Faith Logan. College-bound romantic Daniel Bae and Jamaica-born pragmatist Natasha Kingsley meet and fall for each other in one day in New York City. Sparks immediately fly between these two strangers, who might never have met had fate not given them a little push. But will fate be enough to take these teens from star-crossed to lucky in love?
The film is rated PG-13 for some suggestive content and language.
The synopsis for these films comes from the website www.rottentomatoes.com.