In a modern day feminist remake of the 1988 comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, the Academy Award-winning Anne Hathaway (Josephine) teams up with ever-hilarious Aussie Rebel Wilson (Penny) in an attempt to prove women are better con-artists than men.
Director Chris Addison depicts Penny as a small-time fraudster who spends her time defrauding wealthy men for cash with a range of appalling and non-credible con stories. For Penny, robbing men is a way of getting back at them after they make fun of her body. “When he looks at me like that, that’s when I decide to rob him blind,’’ she says.
As she’s mid-con story on a train to the fictional town of Beaumont sur-Mer (a mock of the French seaside town of Beaulieu-sur-Mer), Penny is overheard by the upper-class Josephine, who, following a short encounter where they realise their common con-artist characteristics, describes the pair as ”sisters in arms”.
Without ruining the ending, a competition to con a measly half a million dollars from a young technology billionaire (Alex Sharp) sees the scammers go head to head, Penny pulling the corny ‘dress as a blind woman’ con while Josephine tries her traditional flirtatious deception techniques. The scenes that ensue are nothing short of entertaining, with the spate of laughs coming as the characters engaging in mindless, lighthearted acts towards each other as they fight to scam the billionaire the best.
However, the jokes quickly becomes stale with Josephine’s humourless persona throughout the majority of the film quickly quashing the would-be laughs from Penny. Penny also seems to take up an unfair proportion of screen-time so, unless an overdose Wilson’s uneducated and upfront comedic persona is what your expecting, you may leave the theatre feeling a bit, well, conned.