The bustle Cert: 12A, 1 hour 34 minutes
In this new era of gender equality in the film industry, it is of course quite right that there should be a female remake of the popular comedy from 1988 Dirty rotten villains, in which Michael Caine and Steve Martin appeared as two fraudsters who worked their gentle charms on the rich women lounging on the French Riviera.
After all, it was a remake in itself – the 1964 comedy Good night story, another all-bloke affair with David Niven and Marlon Brando. So it was high time to turn the tables and try the girls.
What a pity is that the bottom line – The bustlewith Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson – should be so ambitious and disappointing. This is a film that aims low … and misses.
The bustle with Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson is so ambitious and disappointing. This is a film that aims low … and misses
How deep it is becomes clear early on when Rebel Wilson's character clumsily joins the Mile High Club with a Danish playboy in an airplane toilet.
When the shot – luckily – changes from the rhythmically jerky toilet door to external shots of the plane flying through the sky, we hear a cabin announcement: "We are experiencing unexpected turbulence …"
If you laugh about it, you might find something to enjoy here, especially if you're a fan of the boisterous Australian actress Wilson.
Despite Hathaway's A-list, which probably only did this to remind us of her comedy skills and her talent for accents, this is a vehicle for Wilson
But if, like me, you suppress a groan, succumb to despair and always tend to think that little Wilson is going a very long way, I can only tell you that it doesn't get much better and just do it over 90 minutes with the help some add-on scenes that I'm sure should send us onto the street with a smile on their face and look forward to the sequel.
Despite Hathaway's A-list, which probably only did this to remind us of her comedy skills and her talent for accents, this is a vehicle for Wilson, who is both co-producer and star, and to be there seems to have magically ensured that the comedian who became an actor, debut film director Chris Addison, doesn't seem to be in a hurry, "Cut!"
At least when Wilson is on the screen – most of the time.
Those who can first discharge a young Silicon Valley billionaire of $ 500,000 will make the city and its stupid male empires their own (Hathaway pictured above with Casper Christensen)
The film's lack of ambition begins with the casting. None of the male versions, Good night story and Dirty rotten villainsis advertised as a brilliant work, but Niven and Brando are an interesting mix of contrasting talents, while Caine and Martin are thoroughly commercial.
But here the contrast is too obvious, too coarse and throws the big, elegant and refined Hathaway – here with a clumsy English accent in the role of Niven / Caine – against Wilson's shorter, wider potty mouth.
Jac Schaeffer was brought in to give the script a modern, women's-strengthened revision, but the benefits are difficult to see. We are back in the Riviera town of Beaumont-sur-Mer, only this time there are two enemy cheaters who are in a lawn war.
IT'S A FACT
Rebel Wilson is allergic to dogs. There were many beagles in the house where she grew up: it was only when she left that she discovered the allergy.
Anyone who can replace a young Silicon Valley billionaire of $ 500,000 first will embrace the city and its stupid male empires. The loser has to go.
There are one or two funny moments and one or two narrative. "No man will ever believe that a woman is smarter than him," says Josephine (Hathaway). "That's why we're underestimated."
But too often this is a film that uses the lowest denominator of the comedy – twerking, body functions, dated gay stereotypes … oh, and Wilson's machine gun joke.
However, this won't be the last old classic that has been strengthened by women The bustle at least make one thing clear – women can definitely do a lot better than that!
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