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