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Arthur 2 - On the Rocks (1988)

Dudley Moore , Liza Minnelli , Bud Yorkin  |  PG |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, John Gielgud, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Stephen Elliott
  • Directors: Bud Yorkin
  • Writers: Andy Breckman, Steve Gordon
  • Producers: Dudley Moore, Robert Shapiro
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 15, 2005
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006J28NW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,153 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The world's richest tipsy wit is living in grand style with former waitress Linda as his wife. The two are thinking of starting a family, but the father of his ex-fiancee hatches a plot to leave Arthur penniless. Now, will Arthur have to take a job?

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! December 20, 2006
I'm not sure what everyone is talking about. I thought that this movie was great. For the one who gave a synopsis that Arthur and Linda weren't happily married didn't watch the movie. That was not the case at all.

This movie has all the same characters including Burt Johnson, Arthurs fiance from the original's father. Burt Johnson is still continually trying to get Arthur to marry Susan. He makes it so Arthur looses his all of his money. Arthur and Linda continually try to find an place to live..Burt gets them thrown out. Arthur tries to get a job...he gets fired because of Burt Johnson. Susan confronts Linda and Linda realizes that they are not going to give up, so Linda gives up fighting for her and Arthur.

I love this movie. Sometime I think that I like it more then the original because it's a more believable story then the original. Its more "down to earth"

I would recommend this to anyone.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Oscar winner on the rocks! January 26, 2005
In 1982,the late Dudley Moore won a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Arthur Bach in the first film. Much of his fellow cast members returned for the sequel. One who didn't was Jill Eikenberry who played Susan Johnson in the first film. Eikenberry,at the time this film was made,was a cast member of the NBC legal drama L.A. LAW. She was unable to reprise the role so Cynthia Sikes filled Eikenberry's shoes. Arthur and Linda(Liza Minnelli) are now married and Arthur lost his mega-fortunes to Susan Johnson's father(Stephen Elliott). Elliott did appear in the first film. One day,Arthur ran into Susan's father while he(the father) was hunting. Arthur is promised his money back on the condition that he divorces Linda and marries Susan. Arthur and Susan almost got married in the first film but Arthur confessed his love for Linda to Susan at the very last minute. At this point,Arthur no longer cared for the money. All he cared about was Linda. Arthur was relentlessly seeking employment and in one scene when he was on his way out,in came Mrs. Canby(Kathy Bates) who runs an employment agency. Arthur was also concentrating on giving up booze. Arthur did find employment as a sales associate at a hardware store but was fired after his first shift. The new owner of the business elected to terminate Arthur,not his/her predecessor. Again,Susan's father is angry because Arthur remained with his loyal wife. Susan,an art gallery owner,forgave Arthur for dumping her in the first film. Susan didn't seem to be upset about Arthur remaining with Linda. In the last scene,Arthur is back in the money. How I love those happy endings! The out-of-print movie soundtrack includes Kylie Minogue's cover of the 1962 Little Eva hit LOCOMOTION. Read more ›
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A sorry followup to a screen classic December 6, 2005
This is a truly unfunny followup to the classic Arthur. Arthur and Linda are married, unfortunately not happily married. They want to adopt a baby but first Arthur must sober up. Even a visit by Hobson's ghost (Gielguld) cannot bring life into this uninspired sequel.

The original writer and director Steve Gordon died shortly after the original was released and it is obvious that it is missing his touch.

Don't waste your time or money on this one. Watch the original!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A mistake September 28, 1999
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This was a movie that should not have been made. Arthur's behavior in the first flick was amusing. Here it becomes increasingly tiresome, and you begin to question his wife's sanity at putting up with it. The cast tries (Liza looks great), and it's lushly produced, but they should have better left alone. Gielgud is wasted, although he does get the film's best line.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sad try November 14, 2010
This 1988 film directed by Bud Yorkin is a sad effort to try to recapture the innoncent charm of the 1981 original. Most of the orginal cast is back except for Jill Eikenberry (who probably knew better!!) and tries to continue the life of Arthur Bock and Linda Merolla (Bock). Vengful Bert Johnson (Stephen Elloit) plots to force Arthur to divorce Linda and marry his prized daughter Susan by taking control of the Bock family fortune. I've never understood what is so funny about a man's life being ruined and his marriage being ripped apart. Dudley Moore tries his best, but after so many bad movies, his audience had grown quite tired of him. Liza Minelli also gives it her best to bring some life and humor to this dreary story. But even her trademark wisecracks and even the ghostly appearence of Hobson (Sir John Geilgud) offer this sinking ship any hope. Actors like Paul Benedict, Jack Gliford and a very young (and at the time unknown) Kathy Bates also try, but ultimately, this film should never have been made. Like so many sequels it's only success is to remind us how good the original was.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Why did this film have to be done? August 21, 1999
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Why, oh why did this film have to be done? It is not at all funny and touching at all. The only appearance that was worthwhile in this film was of John Gielgud as Arthur's butler, as an angel. This was not even worth it. They should just have left it where it was at the end of the first movie. Let's face it. That Gordon guy could have made a lot of good films, had he been alive. I could see a lot of excellent films just like Arthur. But when Gordon died, Arthur did too. It seems that the only reason this film was made was to try to reap the profits that the first one made. This film is not worth it in any way (Except for John Gielgud). Don't watch it, unless you are really bored one day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the funniest comedies.
Published 12 days ago by Kristalyn Blazzard
4.0 out of 5 stars Good companion to the first one
Not as good as the original, but I like it. The original is one of my very favorite comedies and I appreciate this follow-up. Has a great ending and of course good laughs!
Published 1 month ago by L. C. MCWILLIAMS
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good movie
Published 3 months ago by Judith J. Hall
3.0 out of 5 stars funny but a sequel
Had some funny parts, but enjoyed the original more. Worth renting and a look if you liked the first, but wouldnt recommend for purchase,
Published 4 months ago by Craig Rotzien
5.0 out of 5 stars this is sequel to the 1st one,made in 1988
this movie is funnier than the 1st one,adopting a baby girl to start a family & loses money,wife now works
Published 5 months ago by Lisa McAlpin
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it!
This continuation of Arthur was very well done , and both movies are well worth watching! Hope you enjoy them!
Published 6 months ago by Gammy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift
This was for a gift, the person who received them loved them, these are his favorite type of comedy funny movies.
Published 10 months ago by Monica Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars Arthur 2: On the Rocks [VHS]
Delightful portrayal of a spoiled but lovable drunk rich kid, Arthur Bock, played by Dudley Moore. Sir John Gielgud is a riot, as Hobson, Arthur's butler, and as it turns out, his... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Fred Di Francesco
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
I loved part one of this movie, but on this one I have to say that its good too. I recommend it!
Published 13 months ago by Janelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, but different than Arthur . . .
The biggest criticism I've seen about this movie is that it's not as funny as the first. In that regard, the criticism is accurate. Read more
Published 16 months ago by D. T. Jewett
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