Parents' Guide to

The Hustle

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Fat jokes and clichés in so-so gender-flipped remake.

Movie PG-13 2019 94 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 14+

A lot of sexual humor

I read some reviews on common sense and decided this seemed ok to watch with my 12 year old daughter....but I should have read more reviews!! There is pretty much non stop sexual humor, sexual references, cuss words, etc. We did watch the whole movie- mostly because I was hoping half of it was going over my daughter’s head- but I apologized to her when it was over. I certainly wouldn’t make the same choice again. There was no nudity, which was good- and it’s a humorous theme for sure. And definitely not as raunchy as Rebel Wilson’s other movies. Even so/ I would recommend 14 or maybe even older.

This title has:

Too much swearing
2 people found this helpful.
age 16+

Should be R rated

I can handle a little of color humor, but this was non-stop for sure. I read the reviews on this site to see if it would be ok for my almost 13 year olds...the reviews seemed like it wasn’t too was awful! Even they were embarrassed at the non-stop sex references and “jokes”. I guess with Rebel I should have known. Parents beware!!

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
2 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11 ):
Kids say (23 ):

For a brief shining moment, this movie looks like that rarest of beasts -- a film that's both progressive and hilariously funny -- but that moment passes. Instead, even though this gender-flipped remake starts with a premise that's positively inspired -- that women make better con artists because men are reluctant to believe that women could be smarter than them -- it degenerates into two tired clichés: women competing with one another, and endless fat jokes. Of course, the final competition is baked into The Hustle's source material; Steve Martin and Michael Caine did likewise, as did David Niven and Marlon Brando before them. But given the chemistry between Hathaway and Wilson and how infrequently audiences get to see smart women teaming up instead of tearing each other apart, a plotline tweak that brought the pair together would have been more joyful to watch.

And then there are the fat jokes, which range from numbingly tiresome (Wilson's many "I'm sooooo clumsy!" pratfalls) to actually cruel (like a scene in the beginning of the movie in which a man who expects to meet a "hot," thin girl is visibly and audibly horrified when Wilson arrives). A scene near the end illustrates how things could have gone differently (and better!) in this movie, when Wilson says that she never really decides to take a man's money until he's unkind or dismissive of her because of her looks. Her con games are, at heart, a form of revenge for being told she's unworthy by men. The filmmakers had the sensitivity to come up with that, yet they also make Wilson stumble over ledges and stairs and pommel horses, order enough food at dinner for three people, proposition a man who seems incredulous at the offer (and responds with "I have standards"). What a pity. It is nice that Wilson, not Hathaway, winds up with a love interest, but with the romance taking place almost entirely offscreen, it's not nearly as satisfying as it could be -- which unfortunately turns out to be a pretty good description of this movie, despite the many jokes that actually land.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: May 10, 2019
  • On DVD or streaming: August 20, 2019
  • Cast: Anne Hathaway , Rebel Wilson , Alex Sharp
  • Director: Chris Addison
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: MGM
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 94 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: crude sexual content and language
  • Last updated: August 11, 2023

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