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Arthur Newman (2012)

Emily Blunt , Colin Firth , Dante Ariola  |  R |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Emily Blunt, Colin Firth, Anne Heche
  • Directors: Dante Ariola
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Cinedigm
  • DVD Release Date: September 3, 2013
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BY8DEW8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,860 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Melancholic road movie with great performances April 27, 2013
Imagine my surprise when out of the blue and without any pre-release buzz or ads this movie showed on a single screen for all of Greater Cincinnati this weekend. I figured that this will not stick around very long and hence I went to see it right away.

"Arthur Newman" (2013 release; 100 min.) brings the story of a man (played by Colin Firth) who is in the dumps: he just got fired from his job, his ex-wife does not care for him, and his 13 yr. old son hates the mere sight of him. As the movie opens, we see Colin Firth acquiring a new identity, actually someone who passed away a few years ago named Arthur Newman. He then fakes his own death and takes off, as a "new man". Arthur plans on driving from Florida to Terre Haute, IN, where a job as a golf instructor awaits. But on his first night on the road, he makes the acquaintance of a young woman (played by Emily Blunt), who herself is running away from her own troubles, and using her twin sister's identity ("Mike") along the way. Mike decides to join Arthur on the trip to Indiana. To tell you much more of the plot would ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Several comments: first, this is a road movie for the most part, as we follow the two main characters from motel to hotel, and from town to town, on their way to Indiana. Second, the main characters are engulfed in melancholy as on the one hand they are running away from something, yet at the same time are pining for love and someone who understands their problems. Both performances from Colin Firth and Emily Blunt are ace from start to finish.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fake Your Death; Hit the Road April 25, 2013
Be careful what you wish for! Sometimes the dream is far better than the reality, but it is the dream that drives our eponymous hero to plan and execute some drastic action. This R-rated dramedy is more drama than comedy; furthermore, if you have any trouble hearing dialogue, you might want to consider closed captions, either in a theater, or wait for the DVD. You don't want to miss the finer points in this plot.

We watch:
* Colin Firth ("A Single Man" and "The King's Speech") speaking American (!), is Arthur Newman, a frustrated wanna-be golf pro who, after a down-hill slide, has decided to reinvent himself. "New man," get it? He cleverly fakes his own death and hits the road.
* Emily Blunt ("Your Sister's Sister") also speaking American, is Mike, a young woman with nothing to lose. She encounters our hero on the road and they proceed to go adventuring...
* Anne Heche ("Cedar Rapids") is Mena, the girl he left behind. She knows he's boring, but she loves him anyway.
* Lucas Hedges ("Moonrise Kingdom") is Grant, our hero's son. It turns out that he is the most compelling reason for Arthur Newman to re-think his decision.

As our couple journeys on, they break into people's houses and take on the personalities (and clothes!) of the occupants. They are far more comfortable being someone else than being themselves. The tagline is: "If you don't have a life, get someone else's." They find this great...until it isn't.

This is no light-hearted romp, but we are in the hands of pros. Both Firth and Blunt are wonderful actors, so there is no quibble about the quality of their work. I would like... Maybe... Oh, I don't know WHAT I would like... Maybe the DVD from Amazon will help me decide.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
"So you just ditched Wallace Avery for a total strangers half baked promise?" Wallace Avery (Firth) is a divorced man who hates his job and his life. Wanting to start fresh he decides to stage his own death and head to Indiana to become a golf teacher. Changing his name to Arthur Newman he is on his way when he meets a woman named Mike (Blunt). Both on the run from their own lives the begin to assume other people's identities but memories of their old lives begin to creep back up. This movie first and foremost has great acting and is very interesting and worth watching. On the other hand though it is a little slow in parts and seems repetitive. This is a movie of fiction but has the feel of a true story. I do recommend this movie but it isn't really a movie you can watch over and over because it is pretty depressing. It's hard to talk about this movie with out giving anything away and it really is a pretty good movie but don't expect a happy movie. Overall, a good movie with great acting that is worth watching but be prepared. I give it a B.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A roller coaster of emotions September 22, 2013
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When I saw the preview of this film I decided there and then I had to see it. Although a little downbeat in the beginning as it goes along it becomes a great film with a roller coaster of emotions. Both leads Colin Firth and Emily Blunt are British and they transform themselves into being Americans. The casting is inspired and although I do not think this film will get the viewing it deserves it is in my library and I will watch it again. It is a a gem of a film and am sure that when you have seen it you will enjoy. So go on get it and take the trip.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked but not loved.
I liked it but didn't love it. The acting was excellent. The story was interesting and made good points. The soundtrack interfered instead of supported...
Published 4 days ago by Song weaver
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Terrible movie.
Published 2 months ago by fibigirl
4.0 out of 5 stars Running on Empty
I think a lot of the criticism of this film is misguided. If those finding "Arthur Newman" as a film going in circles well that is the whole point. Read more
Published 3 months ago by David Baldwin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thanks. Everything as stated.
Published 3 months ago by N.J. Patterson
2.0 out of 5 stars Ho hum. Two golf swings and mangled accents
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Slow aimless random pointless. It does have some golf swings in it. (My husband says his swing was terrible. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Anna Harbell
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 3 months ago by GRixse
2.0 out of 5 stars for Colin Firth fans
Being a Firth fan, this was a disappointment. Perhaps it fit in his schedule or the script was better before there were cuts made. Read more
Published 3 months ago by M. Miller
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't know why Colin Firth played in this movie
I was really looking forward to seeing this film as a portion of it was filmed in a hospital that I have worked. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Denny B
1.0 out of 5 stars Beneath Colin Firth
This movie is beneath Colin Firth's ability and intelligence. I have no idea why he would agree to do such a stupid movie. Read more
Published 7 months ago by C. Johnson
1.0 out of 5 stars Stupid
I found this to be a stupid film. I love Colin Firth, goodness knows how he took part in this, he usually makes great choices when enters into a film.
Published 8 months ago by magpies
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