“The Hustle” (MGM)

Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson star in a scene from the movie The Hustle." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Christian Black, courtesy Metro Goldwyn Mayer)

By Catholic News Service

This spiritless, by-the-numbers comedy is a gender-swapped remake of 1988’s “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” which was itself based on 1964’s “Bedtime Story.”

Two con artists (Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson) in the south of France collaborate to scam $500,000 from someone they think is a tech mogul (Alex Sharp). Working from a script by Jac Schaeffer, director Chris Addison relies on hit-or-miss sight gags instead of wit, and the story comes off as an outdated mechanical ride punctuated by occasional attempts at crass humor.

An implied casual sexual encounter, some crude banter, a single profanity, fleeting rough language. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 — parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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