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Arthur’s days typically begin with a champagne breakfast, followed by a series of whimsical pursuits and extravagant purchases that take him all over Manhattan, and end with bringing back any number of newfound friends to crash with him in his lavish penthouse atop the Pierre Hotel. He knows Hobson (his livelong nanny) will sort things out in the morning. With practiced efficiency she will open the windows, collect the receipts and oust any remaining revelers, while dryly suggesting that Arthur might consider doing something a bit more useful with his life. Then, the two will settle in to read the paper.
Romantic Comedy - This remake of the 1981 romantic comedy is a big showcase for star
Russell Brand, who gets a gentler, less edgy showcase here. Helen
Mirren, Greta Gerwig, and Jennifer Garner also have decent roles here
though fans of Nick Nolte will be disappointed by his small role.
Alcohol and adult subject matter make the film inappropriate for
PROFANITY: 2 S-words; 1 GD; a few others. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Some hits and falls. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Very frequent alcohol. ACTION: A car chase. COMEDY: Constant wisecracks and banter; slapstick; alcohol humor.
Roger EbertFull Review Good This 'Arthur' is not as laugh-out-loud funny as the earlier one,... But the dialogue is well-written — witty and quick and not clunky.
USA TodayFull Review Average But the movie — about a charming drunk who will lose his huge trust fund if he doesn't marry rich — is at best mediocre.
Washington PostFull Review Poor In 2011, the sight of Russell Brand doing essentially the same thing, in an utterly redundant remake directed by sitcom veteran Jason Winer ('Modern Family'), is a little bit pitiful.
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Loveable billionaire Arthur Bach (Russell Brand) is an irresponsible charmer who has always relied
things to get by: his limitless fortune and the good sense of his lifelong nanny
friend Hobson (Helen Mirren), to keep him out of trouble.
Kind-hearted, fun-loving, and utterly without purpose, Arthur spends every day
the heedless pursuit of amusement. But when his unpredictable public image
staid reputation of the family foundation, Bach Worldwide, he is given an
marry the beautiful but decidedly unlovable Susan Johnson (Jennifer Garner), an
corporate exec who can keep him in line, or say goodbye to his billion-dollar
and the only way of life he knows.
It's a deal Arthur would be inclined to take…if he hadn't just fallen for Naomi
(Greta Gerwig), a New York City tour guide who shares his idealism and
independent Naomi sees Arthur not only for who he is, but for who he could be,
gives him a reason to take charge of his own life.
All he needs to do is stand up for what he wants. But at what cost?
With some unconventional help from Hobson—the one person who always
believed he could do anything—Arthur will take the most expensive risk of his
learn what it means to become a man.