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|Original title:||The Hustle|
|Production country:||USA 2019|
|Running time:||Ca. 94 Min|
|Rated:||From 6 years|
Josephine (Anne Hathaway) has built up a luxurious life as a con artist in a small town in southern France. Here's her precinct, where she skilfully robs rich men. But then the Australian Penny (Rebel Wilson) suddenly appears to poach loudly in Josephine's territory. Of course, she can't let that happen. But when the plan to lure Penny out of town goes wrong, Josephine agrees to take the clumsy klutz under her wing. In fact, Penny seems to be learning fast and soon she can jump on her first victim: the young self-made millionaire Thomas (Alex Sharp). But like everything else in the lives of the two tricksters, nothing is as it seems…
"Glam Girls - Ravishingly spoiled". is loosely based on the 1988 comedy "Zwei hinreißend verorbene Schurken" with Steve Martin and Michael Caine, which in turn was a remake of the 1964 film "Zwei erfolgreiche Verführer". In fact, this new female version of the story has one thing in common with the wonderful version from the eighties: You can tell from the leading actresses, especially Anne Hathaway, that they had great fun playing the "gorgeously spoiled" cheaters. And this obvious joy of playing then also provides for some quite good laughs.
However, in the end the many weaknesses unfortunately do not outweigh them. That's mainly because of two things: The script and Rebel Wilson. The script relies too much on flat jokes and completely loses sight of the story and its characters. The whole thing is staged in such an uninspired way that every touch of good mood is nipped in the bud. And then there's Rebel Wilson. Yeah, she was funny in Pitch Perfect. And yes, her very own style sometimes works well when she throttles it a little - like in the amusing Netflix comedy "Isn't it Romantic". But unfortunately, it shows that Wilson has no mutability at all. She always does the same thing and only varies the degree of coarseness.
That is simply no longer funny in the long run, but only causes extreme shame. If you've seen Wilson in interviews before, you can guess that she's got more to it than just playing the prolific clumsy cunt with an increased sex drive. But there is hardly anything to feel of this in her films and especially here. Maybe there are some "Fat Amy" fans who don't mind getting the same role over and over again. But if you've been hoping for a comedy that has more to offer than just under-the-belt jokes and the usual slapstick interludes, you'll be bitterly disappointed. Therefore: Only conditionally worth seeing!
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