The Hustle – Blu-ray Review

The Hustle is a 2019 American comedy film that was directed by Chris Addison, and written by Stanley Shapiro, Paul Henning, Dale Launer, and Jac Schaeffer. It is a female-centered remake of the 1988 film, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which is itself a remake of the 1964 film, Bedtime Story. The film stars Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson, and Dean Norris, and follows two women who set out to con an internet millionaire.

Following the life of Penny, as she has been a small-time con artist who traps men into giving her money, whereas Josephine is a sophisticated con artist who cons the world’s richest men out of their money. The two artists meet up on their way to the French Riviera for the first time. However, Penny gets arrested, after which Josephine pays her bail and advises her to leave the country. Penny finds out that she was conned by Josephine and begins to plan revenge.

The film was theatrically released in the United States on May 10, 2019, by United Artists Releasing, while Universal Pictures distributed the film in the international markets. It has grossed $95 million worldwide and received negative reviews from critics, who called it “empty”, “cheap”, and a “blast of pure unfuinniness”. A special trailer for The Hustle was released to coincide with the premiere of Avengers: Endgame, which begins by spoofing the Endgame trailers, and refers to Lonnie and Josephine as “The Revengers” — a parody name that was also previously referenced by another film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thor: Ragnarok.

The Film Itself (3/5):

The Hustle is a movie that, while it’s trying to retell the classic story that’s grazed libraries for years, tries way too hard and it’s something that’s clearly obvious as you watch along.  The humor is just short of being flat, and the movie as a whole is pretty poorly scripted.  As the two lead characters try to do their best and keep things in line, this movie was definitely setup to not be that great from the get-go.

Picture Quality (5/5):

Digitally photographed at a 2.8K resolution, and finished up at a 4K resolution, The Hustle gives its viewers an insanely rich and vibrantly textured experience from beginning to end.  Whether it’s the ratty t-shirts or the elegant gowns that get worn by the characters, the finer details of the threads really pop with this Blu-ray release.  There weren’t any encode flaws seen as my wife and I watched along, and we were able to see and understand everything as it was happening without any problems.

Audio Quality (5/5):

Packaged with an English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 audio track, the Blu-ray release of The Hustle packs a vigorous, well spaced and fully engaging presentation that swallows you right into the film.  Taking full advantage of the channels from within the audio track, the transitions from channel to channel were effortless, and the characters were able to be heard and understood without anything colliding with their speech, or having to manually adjust the volume levels as it progresses onward.

The Packaging (2.5/5):

The Hustle comes packaged in the standard two-disc Blu-ray amaray case.  In that case, the Blu-ray and DVD copies of the movie, neither disc featuring any artwork.  There is a digital copy redemption pamphlet, as well as a slipcover that’s been made available in the initial pressing of the release that features the same artwork that’s been provided on the cover.

Special Features (2/5):

There are a few featurettes included with the Blu-ray release of The Hustle.  The content that’s been included offers a very small look at some of the work that went into the production stages of making this movie, as well as a small look at the cast and crews contributions that went into the project.  Included with this release is:

  • Hitting the Mark
  • Comedy Class
  • Con Artists
  • Optional Feature Audio Commentary with Director Chris Addison

Technical Specs:

Video

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC

Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio:

Original Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1

Audio

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1

French: DTS-HD HR 7.1

Spanish: DTS 5.1

Subtitles

English SDH, French, Spanish

Runtime

Original Film: 94 Minutes

Final Thoughts:                 

If you’re a fan of Rebel Wilson and/or Anne Hathaway, you might just like this movie.  It’s a shame that they had to take their jab at something that was one of the better movies of its era, because the comedic gestures from within were terrible, and the pacing of the movie just didn’t fall in line with that of the earlier released films.  The visual and audio presentation of the Blu-ray release were exceptionally handled, and offered a really clean experience for viewers.  If you’re considering picking this release up for your collection, I’d recommend renting it first to make sure that it’s something that you might like.  The Hustle is available on Blu-ray and DVD today.

Note: This Blu-ray was sent to us for review. This has not affected our judgement or editorial process in any way. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this process.