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The Hustle | 2019 | PG-13 | – 5.4.5

content-ratingsWhy is “The Hustle” rated PG-13? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “for crude sexual content and language.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a couple of implied sex scenes, conversations about sex, many scenes of women wearing cleavage revealing outfits; several scenes of pratfalls and slapstick violence, several swindles of a lot of money from people; 2 F-words when a woman tries to pronounce the island of Phuket and a few more not fully enunciated or mouthed F-words.
Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”


Two con-artists (Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson) face off against each other — until the moment they decide to work together. However, trouble starts when one of them falls for their mark. Also with Tim Blake Nelson, Alex Sharp, Ingrid Oliver and Casper Christensen. Directed by Chris Addison. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in French, Danish and German with English subtitles. [Running Time: 1:34]

The Hustle SEX/NUDITY 5

 – The occupied sign on an airplane bathroom door changes rhythmically as it is implied that a man and a woman have sex inside the bathroom. A man moves toward a woman in a hotel room and turns off the lights as the scene ends (sex is implied, but we find out later that nothing happened). A man kisses a woman on the cheek.
 A woman wearing a low-cut nightgown goes to a man’s hotel room and tries to seduce him; she tries to have him eat oysters, and she stands on the railing of a balcony and pretends to step off whereupon he grabs her and holds her in a dip position. Men and women dance in a club and one woman gyrates her hips and buttocks against the man’s crotch repeatedly (slightly below the frame). A woman lifts her skirt to reveal a large metal chastity belt with a rusted lock as she thrusts her hips toward a man at a dining table and she asks him for help to get out of it; another man enters the room carrying a blow torch and she says, “Not the flame.” A woman tries to flirt with another woman to let her out of a jail cell, and she lifts herself up onto the bars, thrusts her hips and licks the bars, without any effect.
 A man speaks to another man at a bar who thinks that he is inviting him to have sex with him; a woman intervenes and tells the second man (both speaking in Danish) that she is going to have sex with the first man (no one has sex). A woman tells a man that she will withhold sex if he crosses her. A woman tells a man that they should have sex as a “cover” and he laughs and says that he has standards and also that he has many STDs. A woman tells another woman to show her “sugar baby ways.” A woman says that women are good at the con because, “We are used to faking it.” A woman says that she has paid for things in other ways (meaning sex). A woman tells a man that she has just become engaged and that she and her sister have a pact that the one who is not marrying will have the choice to either “bed the groom or fight him in a duel.” A man tries to sell a bracelet to a woman he does not know and tells her that she can pay off the balance “in another way,” causing her to become uncomfortable (the situation is interrupted). A man’s personalized license plate reads, “Baller.” A man tells a woman that he loves another woman (whom he has not met) and that he will, “Let her keep my children.” A woman tells another woman that a village is a “lesbian community” while trying to dissuade her from going there and the second woman says, “I could work a woman [con].” While describing that her sister was kidnapped by a prostitution ring, a woman refers to wanting to save her before she is “defiled.” A woman refers to a fossil as a “dinosaur clitoris.”
 A man’s shirt is partially unbuttoned to reveal his bare chest. A photo shows a man with his pants down and wearing briefs (we see his lower abdomen and upper thighs). Several women in a casino wear low-cut dresses that reveal bare backs to the waist, cleavage and shoulders. Several men wearing swim trunks are shown with bare chests, abdomens, backs and legs. A woman wears a low-cut tank top that reveals cleavage in a few scenes. A woman wears a low-cut, tight-fitting gown that reveals cleavage and bare back. A woman wears low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage in several scenes. A woman wears a gown with a slit that reveals her bare leg to the upper thigh. Women in a club scene wear low-cut and very short dresses that reveal cleavage and bare legs to the upper thighs. A man looks at several photos of a woman on his phone and zooms in on her ample cleavage.


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The Hustle VIOLENCE/GORE 4

 - A woman punches a man in the throat when he startles her and he falls back, gasps and cannot speak for a few minutes. A woman kicks another woman who has collapsed on the floor in a lobby and other people gather around them. A woman swings a cane toward another woman's face (she is pretending to be blind) and she does not flinch. A woman blows air into another woman's face causing her eyes to water.
 A woman slams into a door when another woman closes it in front of her (she falls unconscious). Police chase a woman through a bar, she dumps over kegs and hides among garbage in an alley. A man steals a tip left on a bar top and uses it to pay the bar person for his own order. A man trips while chasing a woman out of a casino to return her cane to her. Three women approach a woman threateningly as the scene ends and we see her later with her hand Super-Glued to a wall. Three women approach another woman in a bathroom and threaten her as the scene ends. A woman slips and falls hard on a floor, and slides into a pedestal holding a round sculpture that falls on her abdomen (she seems unharmed).
 A woman stumbles into a lobby as if she is ill. A woman calls for help thinking that she is having a stroke and she collapses to the floor; people rush to her side to see if she is OK. A woman loses money at a roulette table and becomes despondent saying, "That was my last chance."
 A woman tells another woman that she will kill another woman by throwing her in a quarry. A woman is told that the man she tried to con is a member of the Russian mafia and that her life is in danger. A woman tells a man that her sister has been kidnapped by a prostitution ring. A man asks a woman if another woman has a birth defect. A man tells a woman to leave a roulette table because, "You French people are bad luck," and tells her to "Shave her armpits." A woman says a village is a "lesbian community." A woman tells a man that she has just become engaged to that she and her sister have a pact that the one who is not marrying will have the choice to either "bed the groom or fight him in a duel." A woman says, "I will hit her hard in the [anatomical term deleted]."
 A woman with brown teeth and pale skin is shown locked behind a gate and in a glass enclosure where she imagines that she is a member of a royal house; a man is alarmed when he is taken to meet her and she becomes angry yelling and throwing things around the room.
 Two women practice dancing and throwing knives and one woman falls, tumbles over a Swedish box and catches a knife by the blade (we do not see blood). A woman is struck in the face by a champagne cork that pops when she pounds the bottle on a table after trying to open it (no injury shown). A woman spills red wine on a woman's white dress (we see stains). An oyster falls down a woman's nightgown and we hear it splat on the floor.
 A woman wipes a French fry around inside a toilet and the rim and feeds it to another woman (she swallows it while making a face). A woman asks another woman if she is constipated while trying to cry.


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The Hustle LANGUAGE 5

 - About 2 words pronounced as F-words (the Thai island Phuket is pronounced as [F-word deleted]-it, twice) and 1 not fully enunciated and 2 mouthed, 3 obscene hand gestures, 11 sexual references, 9 scatological terms (a woman signs "eat [scatological term deleted] and die"), 24 anatomical terms, 14 mild obscenities, name-calling (idiot, trashy dress, pathetic, cupcake, gold digger, sugar bugger, foul, loser, dumb, your kind, dork, hot white virgin, Nazi Gollum, Captain pantsuit, softie, hot buns, menswear Barbie, wankers, dumb American, moon-faced troll, crazy lady, animatronic [anatomical term deleted]-tease, big-[anatomical term deleted] Russel Crowe, [anatomical term deleted] for brains), exclamations (bloody, screw you, shut-up, bummer, okey-dokey, kaput, what is wrong with you, shut my back door), 1 religious profanity, 7 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, God, Oh God, My God, Holy [scatological term deleted]). | profanity glossary |


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The Hustle SUBSTANCE USE

 - People are shown with glasses of wine and champagne on a train dining car, people in a casino are shown with glasses of champagne in a few scenes, people drink wine with a meal, a man and a woman take part in a wine tasting and another woman drinks wine from their spittoon, two women drink whisky, and a woman refers to an alcoholic beverage as "not getting you hammered fast enough." A woman vapes in a club scene.


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The Hustle DISCUSSION TOPICS

 - Con artists, stealing from bad people, gambling debts, vulnerability, kindness, cat-fishing, selflessness, karma.

The Hustle MESSAGE

 - Some people deserve to be conned.

CAVEATS

Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.



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