Anne Hathaway is the most gallant, sophisticated con artist on the French Riviera – but then the brash Rebel Wilson poaches in her territory. How much fun the competition is GLAM GIRLS – ADORABLY DEPRIVATE we reveal in our review.
The Plot Summary
She’s cheeky and clumsy, but she’s also up to the task: The con artist Penny (Rebel Wilson) uses dating apps to find superficial, stupid men and then rip them off. Penny, however, is only a small light compared to Josephine (Anne Hathaway), a cultured, immensely cunning professional crook who predominately preys on hollow characters in the picturesque Beaumont-sur-Mer, a tourist trap for the rich on the French Riviera, and makes a name for herself with her actions can achieve a divine life. When Penny decides one day to also go hunting in Beaumont-sur-Mer, Josephine wants to get rid of the harsh competition as quickly as possible. However, since she proves to be particularly stubborn, Josephine quickly enters into a partnership with Penny. But it doesn’t take long before they start competing with each other again…
Explanation of the Ending
The best thing about “Ocean’s 8” was the wonderfully exhilarating, stylishly dressed and delightfully grinning Anne Hathaway – who only took up a relatively small portion of the running time. Anyone who left the Lady Heist comedy thinking they wanted to see more of the Oscar winner should definitely buy a cinema ticket for “Glam Girls – Adorably Spoiled”. Because this gender role-bending remake of Frank Oz’s “Two Adorably Depraved Villains” and Ralph Levy’s “Two Successful Seducers” takes the greatest highlight of “Ocean’s 8” and lets it shine throughout almost the entire film: Hathaway plays here with the same infectious joy like in “Ocean’s 8” and makes a wonderful, self-ironic, smug lady crook who knows everything better and can do it better.
Penny (Rebel Wilson and Josephine (Anne Hathaway) try their luck at poker…
The vain, but also enviably fashionable, Josephine is opposite the cheeky, impatient and fidgety Penny. Flashy characters are Rebel Wilson’s specialty, as the “Pitch Perfect” films have proven, among other things. The Australian has been used very aggressively in recent years and has had to go through some strenuous, spiteful fat jokes, which has earned Wilson points of antipathy rather than sympathy from quite a few film fans, despite her comedic timing. In “Glam Girls – Ravishingly Spoiled”, which she co-produced, Wilson can build on her strengths without being portrayed as the stupid fat one: The “Glam Girls – Ravishingly Spoiled” trailer takes away the entire, small handful of fat jokes in this comedy in advance and also take them out of context, which makes them seem meaner than they are in the finished film. Yes, Penny avoids a jumping exercise in a training montage, and yes, Penny is the striking counterpart to Josephine at the beginning, but screenwriters Stanley Shapiro, Paul Henning, Dale Schwanzer and Jac Schaeffer do not portray Wilson’s role as an incompetent moron. They show her more as a self-confident, overweight woman who has some good tricks, but approaches the art of deception in a more inexperienced and clumsy manner than Josephine, who can sometimes be ridiculously laborious.
Without the gall that is inherent in some older Wilson roles, the actress can appear here as a lively, brash woman whose rapid dialogue wit complements Hathaway’s more solid verbal jokes and who also plunges into slapstick interludes with solid timing, while Hathaway shines in non-verbal situational comedy – for example, when Hathaway’s Josephine tries to maintain a gallant facade, but her eyes literally stab the Penny who is bothering her. Director Chris Addison knows how Hathaway and Wilson work together and against each other (“Veep – The Vice President”) skillfully and thus also strengthen the story (which is very close to “Two Adorably Depraved Villains”): The director subtly directs scene by scene which of the two the audience should root for. While in one scene Penny is the brazen intruder in Josephine’s territory and therefore deserves to have the master crook torment her with a malicious look and a divinely mean grin, in another sequence Addison dwells on Wilson’s puppy-dog look for a longer time and thus arouses empathy, while Hathaway how a dressed-up villain is staged.
The two women become a close-knit team.
Nevertheless, thanks to Hathaway and Wilson’s joy in playing, Penny and Josephine remain likeable enough throughout that a feeling of indifference doesn’t set in at any point. Even if the plot has nothing new to offer for those familiar with the previous films, the filmmakers keep the fees fresh without overly modernizing the material. Although there are isolated adjustments to today (for example, the main characters are not a rich heiress but a tech millionaire), but above all the humor is adapted to the main actresses. It doesn’t matter whether Rebel Wilson goes all out as a crazy princess freak during an elaborate trick or whether she repeatedly slows down and refines interludes that start out vulgar with a look of shame, or whether Anne Hathaway plays with her (unjustified) screen image as an arrogant and rigid egocentric: “Glam Girls – Gorgeously spoiled” has a fast pace and a high hit rate, making it a great viewing pleasure against a sunny backdrop. And Hathaway’s wardrobe in this film deserved an Oscar nomination, which she certainly won’t get anyway. That would be an idea for the plot of a sequel…?
Conclusion: “Glam Girls – Ravishingly Spoiled” scores with an excellent Anne Hathaway, a Rebel Wilson reduced to her strengths and a brisk pace – it doesn’t matter that the plot remains extremely close to the previous films.
“Glam Girls – Ravishingly Verdorben” can be seen in USA cinemas nationwide from May 9th.