“THE HUS­TLE”

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If the premise of this com­edy seems fa­mil­iar, it should. The tale was done twice be­fore, first in the 1960s as “Bed­time Story” with Mar­lon Brando and David Niven, then as “Dirty Rot­ten Scoundrels” with Michael Caine and Steve Martin. The big twist in the lat­est ver­sion is that the com­pet­ing con artists are women – played by Anne Hath­away and Rebel Wil­son – and they’re so dis­sim­i­lar, you’d have to fig­ure the movie gets a lot of mileage out of their dif­fer­ences. It does, and as they por­tray the would-be swindlers of an app‘s devel­oper (Alex Sharp), both stars do what they do best ... Hath­away play­ing it sly and re­fined, and Wil­son again ex­er­cis­ing her brash, no-holds-barred im­age. The over­all plot has got­ten a lit­tle creaky over 50-plus years, but even if it can’t over­come that musti­ness, the ac­tresses de­serve credit for still giv­ing it all they’ve got. DVD ex­tras: three “mak­ing-of” doc­u­men­taries; au­dio com­men­tary by di­rec­tor Chris Ad­di­son. ★★★ (PG-13: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray and On De­mand)

Anne Hath­away and Rebel Wil­son

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