‘Generation Hustle’ Review: Scammers Get the Spotlight in Formulaic Docuseries

‘Generation Hustle’ Review: Scammers Get the Spotlight in Formulaic Docuseries
Con artists have captivated moviemakers almost as long as the art form has been around. Hollywood classics like “The Sting,” “The Producers,” and “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” had fun with their subjects, and “Catch Me If You Can,” “American Hustle,” and “The Usual Suspects” followed closely in those footsteps. There’s something distinctly American about the self mythologizing required to pull off a high stakes con; the American Dream is practically built on delusions of grandeur.

These days, one need not construct a fake casino or write a ridiculous Broadway show to dupe people out of thousands of dollars. As the various crafty characters in “Generation Hustle” reveal, the internet has made scamming easier than ever: All it takes is some chutzpah and a fake website.

The 10-part docuseries, premiering tonight on HBO Max, profiles 10 recent scammers of varying levels of notoriety. Disgraced WeWork founder Adam Neumann and faux socialite Anna Delvey
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