A large part of the success of a film like this is the chemistry between the leads. Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway fill that bill up to the brim. The two are great onscreen together. That being said, their chemistry does not result in a great comedic film. What trips things up, you ask? I will tell you …
The problem here is not the two leads, we have established that, they do what they can. Problem being the script. It is limp and lacks that je ne sais quoi that is the essential ingredient of successful comedy films. I could count on one hand the times I laughed out loud. Most of the laughs were due to the commitment that Wilson and Hathaway had to the material. Both go to lengths to earn laughs.
Not much you can do with a weak script. It is such a limp story that you really cannot get into it. No cleverness. Precious few witty lines. Even the physical comedy, which is Wilson’s bread and butter, fell flat.
Haut class con woman, Josephine Chesterfield (Anne Hathaway – The Devil Wears Prada, Les Miserables) is a young British woman of means who lives the high life in her large residence Beaumont-sur-Mer. To entertain herself she comes up with schemes to defraud wealthy men around the world. Into her glamourous and orderly life falls Penny Rust (Rebel Wilson – Pitch Perfect, Bridesmaids), who is as messy and carefree as Josephine is orderly and planned out. Penny is also a con woman, but of a much lower level. She runs her scams on men in bars.
Where they are similar is that their marks are all men who have wronged women. This brings them together. They will get together to use their different skill sets to try to bilk tech billionaire Thomas Westerburg (Alex Sharp – UFO, To the Bone) out of a fortune.
A remake of the 80s film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels with the cons being women. Not nearly as good as the original.
-Hitting the Mark
-Feature Commentary with Director Chris Addison