Rated PG-13 · 110 minutes · 2011

Romantic comedy
After being assigned to review Arthur, I tried to watch the 1981 original, and I was unable to handle Dudley Moore’s annoying, over-the-top performance. With this remake, the character of Arthur (Russell Brand) is still insanely inebriated, but he’s far less shrill and much easier to handle. This doesn’t make the movie much better than the original, though, as it is far too melodramatic and riddled with the usual romantic-dramedy contrivances. The jokes are not as raunchy as one would expect from Brand and are rarely funny, mostly falling flat due to an extremely drab script. The romance between Arthur and working-class girl Naomi (Greta Gerwig) actually gets off to a very sweet start, but soon becomes just another rich-boy-falls-for-poor-girl cliché, leaving the viewer bored and waiting for the inevitable happy ending. The only reason to really see the film is to witness Jennifer Garner as Susan, cast completely against type as a gold-digging bitch.
Official Site: arthurthemovie.warnerbros.com
Director: Jason Winer
Producer: Larry Brezner, Kevin McCormick, Chris Bender, Michael Tadross, Scott Kroopf, J.C. Spink, Russell Brand and Nik Linnen
Cast: Russell Brand, Helen Mirren, Jennifer Garner, Greta Gerwig, Luis Guzmán, Nick Nolte, Geraldine James, Christina Calph, José Ramón Rosario, John Hodgman, Scott Adsit, Evander Holyfield, Peter Van Wagner, Robert Clohessy and Ed Herbstman




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