For Rebel Wilson, it was a fight to keep ‘The Hustle’ PG-13

NEW YORK (AP) — Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson say their new film “The Hustle” is a fun female empowerment tale, but one they’ve had to fight to keep from being treated differently than comedies starring men.

Wilson, also a producer on the “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” remake, had to argue against an initial R-rating for the film. She says the initial classification was unfair especially since much “ruder” content is spoken by male actors in PG-13 films. “The Hustle” will be released Friday, with a PG-13 rating.

Wilson tells The Associated Press the film isn’t just a gender-flipped version of “Scoundrels,” it has #MeToo sensibilities and lets the actresses’ characters “get back at dirty rotten men who have been conning them for years.”

Hathaway says “The Hustle” remains a light film that will leave audiences with a “warm good feeling.”

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