Written by Academy Award® nominated scribe Becky Johnston (Seven Years in Tibet), ARTHUR NEWMAN follows the mid-life travails of sad sack Wallace Avery (Colin Firth). Refusing to face a life he hates, he stages his own death and buys himself a new identity as Arthur Newman. However, Arthur s road trip towards a new life is interrupted by the arrival of the beautiful but fragile Mike (Emily Blunt), who is also trying to leave her past behind. Drawn to one another, these two damaged souls begin to connect as they break into empty homes and take on the identities of the absent owners. Through this process, Arthur and Mike discover that what they love most about each other are the identities they left at home, and their real journey begins.
Wallace Avery (Colin Firth) is a middle-aged, divorced man with a son and an ex-wife who won't speak to him, an unfulfilling job, and a girlfriend who doesn't excite him. Like any man experiencing a midlife crisis, Wallace decides to buy a convertible, assume a new identity (Arthur Newman), and become a golf pro. As he heads out on a cross-country journey, Arthur stumbles upon a young woman (Emily Blunt) who's had a scrape with the law and is showing signs of a serious drug overdose. Since he can't seem to resist the urge to help her, he ends up taking her along on his adventure. It turns out that "Mike," the young woman, has a pretty big secret of her own and that she is not fooled by Wallace's new identity. The unlikely pair soon discover that besides their shared desire to escape their pasts, they have much in common. From this point in the film, their journey plays out a lot like the 1991 movie Thelma & Louise. Arthur and Mike are driving down the road and one day fancifully decide to take on the identity of a couple they come across. Soon it becomes a habit that leads to some serious brushes with the law over things like breaking and entering, money theft, and even a stranger's death. The pace of the film is leisurely: it often feels like nothing happens and a lot happens, all at the same time, and sometimes the experience can be perplexing, just like life. By the end of their journey, Arthur and Mike have explored their deepest fears, feelings, and fantasies and are forever joined--no matter where their individual paths may lead. --Tami Horiuchi
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