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Arthur (2011)

Russell Brand , Greta Gerwig , Jason Winer  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Russell Brand, Greta Gerwig
  • Directors: Jason Winer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, 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: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • DVD Release Date: July 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004HO6I42
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,001 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Arthur" on IMDb

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As a high-concept Hollywood pitch, remaking the charming Dudley Moore 1981 comic romp about a man-child billionaire playboy with a rather serious drinking problem and installing Russell Brand as the new lead sounded like a pretty good idea. With Brand's reputation as a semi-reformed bad boy and actual recovering alcoholic/addict (not to mention his parlayed success from English standup fame to movies like Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek), he was a great casting choice to reprise Moore's devilishly innocent character. In many ways Brand is among the heirs to first-wave loony British comics like Moore, Peter Sellers, and Spike Milligan, along with actors like Steve Coogan, Eddie Izzard, and Ricky Gervais. But something happened in the 30-year translation that has deflated a lot of charm from the 2011 Arthur. Brand is probably the best thing about the movie, although he's never quite able to capture the characterization of a genuinely agreeable immature cad that Moore portrayed so adorably. This is Russell Brand playing another version of himself, which isn't such a bad thing, just not quite adorable enough. Brand is a smart, funny, and quick-on-his-feet improviser, and lot of that comes through, but he'd probably be the first to admit that he's no Dudley Moore.

The basics of the story remain unchanged. Arthur Bach is a trust fund child who is stuck in childhood, even though his pampered bubble of wealth now brings him toys like prostitutes, famous movie prop cars (the Batmobile, the Back to the Future DeLorean, the Scooby-Doo Mystery Machine, and others all make appearances), and all manner of grownup baubles at every fleeting whim. His stuck-in-childhood mode seems to be blamed on the loss of his doting father at a very young age. But now at 30, his prim mother (Geraldine James) wants him to grow up, stop embarrassing the huge corporation that bears their name, and marry a respectable girl (Jennifer Garner) who will tame him and give the company a veneer of respectability. Upon threat of being cut off from the family fortune, Arthur reluctantly agrees, but then immediately falls for the real girl of his dreams, a lowly--and poor--Manhattan tour guide (Greta Gerwig), who falls for him too. She doesn't even care about the money. The issue of drink is handled somewhat differently 30 years after Dudley Moore made such a loveable and unrepentant chronic inebriant. Since it's kind of a more significant societal issue, the filmmakers haven't really been able to make it as much of a fun and funny part of who Arthur is (plus, Dudley Moore did a drunken shtick that was fairly classic, while there doesn't seem to be much difference between Brand's drunken and sober Arthur). Arthur's drinking is treated as a genuine problem in this update, which also provides comedy the dilemma of dealing with seriousness. Fortunately the sense of forward momentum, Brand's general likeability, and the pervading sunny tone cover up a lot. The other big selling point and major change from the original is the character of Hobson, who for Dudley Moore was a dour butler played by John Gielgud, and for Russell Brand is a disapproving nanny in the persona of Helen Mirren. Both Hobsons were best friends to Arthur, and Mirren's statuesque gravitas brings a lot to the authentic lifelong affection that seems real as handled by both actors. Overlooking some slackness in the script, Brand and Mirren give this bright, shiny updated Arthur longer legs than it might otherwise have had in striding cleverly into audiences' hearts. --Ted Fry

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Russell Brand reinvents the role of lovable billionaire Arthur Bach, an irresponsible charmer who has always relied on two things to get by: his limitless fortune and lifelong nanny Hobson (Academy Award® winner* Helen Mirren) to keep him out of trouble. Now he faces his biggest challenge: choosing between an arranged marriage to ambitious corporate exec Susan (Jennifer Garner) that will ensure his lavish lifestyle, or an uncertain future with the one thing money can’t buy – Naomi (Greta Gerwig), his true love. With Naomi’s inspiration and some unconventional help from Hobson, Arthur will take the most expensive risk of his life and learn what it means to be a man in this re-imagining of the beloved Oscar®-winning* romantic comedy Arthur.

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33 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brand is a good fit here April 10, 2011
Whenever a remake is released, comparisons to the original are inevitable. Most people tend to go for the original and remakes are rarely as well liked. The 2011 "Arthur" is a good movie though.
Brand is a comedic actor with unique talents but they fit this role like a glove. He is onscreen virtually every minute and it is on his shoulders this movie rests. His "Arthur" is a more a fun loving playboy than Dudley Moore's sloppy drunk and that is a good thing. No one could top John Gielgud's Oscar winning peformance as Hobson but Helen Mirren does a good job nonetheless. The rest of the movie is well cast although in the original, the father of Arthur's poor lover got off some of the funniest lines of the movie and here, he is mostly invisible.
I don't know that this is a better or worse movie than the 1981 original but it is an enjoyable film. Brand is funny and believable and his charms are just right for this version of "Arthur".
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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Arthur's theme-less July 8, 2011
Short attention span summary:

1. Russell Brand does the best that he can do to fill Dudley Moore's shoes. No longer a loveable slushy drunk, Arthur's now a wild boy child, throwing money around doing his best to ease the recession (and possibly share a few std's along the way).

2. Helen Mirren gets caught between the moon and New York City as she lovingly rolls her eyes at his antics and then makes it all better with a stern look and a snappy comment.

3. Greta Gerwig plays his first real love interest (not counting Helen Mirren's character,Hobson), an aspiring writer of children's books by night and an illegal tour guide by day. Her character, Naomi, turns his heart around, and next thing you know, he's closing down the town (or at least Grand Central Station)

4. His fiancée Susan (Jennifer Garner), her dad (Nick Nolte) and his mom (Geraldine James) compete fiercely for the "most unlikeable" award. I know it's crazy, but it's true.

5. Bottom line is that this is an "okay" movie, barely nodding to its predecessor with one short burst of the melody of the original theme song, but at the end of it, you'll wake up way across town and find it's not still with you.

Amanda Richards, July 8, 2011
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny for the whole family! April 1, 2012
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We are huge fans of the original films! Remakes dont usually live up to your expectations but this was a cute film the whole family can enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie! March 6, 2012
By Dustin
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Very funny and witty.. You'll need to see it a couple times to catch all of the humor. Great remake of Dudley Moore's version.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative and funny October 3, 2011
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I like movies that are different. I am tired of the same old, same old. This movie was funny, creative and very entertaining. I find myself even wanting some of the gadgets from this movie. I am glad it is part of my collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine on it's own August 3, 2013
By Jimmy R
I went into watching this with all of the negative word of mouth from people who love the original 1981 film with Dudley Moore. I have to be honest, I like the original..but I really liked this too.. I'm not a hardcore fan of Russell's, but in this he is not only appropriately cast as the goofy, immature playboy, but he is really truly funny. The one liners had me rolling non-stop. I loved Helen Mirren slipping into Gielgud's roll of Hobson, she does a fine job and it was a nice reversal. People were too harsh saying this film shouldn't have been made, but if you look at it as "Son of Arthur" it may help, either way, it's a fine film on it's own and if you don't demand too much of it, you may be very surprised and end up liking it a lot. True, the 1981 film is beloved by millions and called a modern classic. I own it on DVD, Blu Ray and own an HDX digital copy.. However, I think the charm has worn off over the years, and it's nice to see this updated version.. Because if you want to speak of horrible Arthur movies, we need not look any further than the 1988 sequel: "Arthur 2: On the Rocks", even Dudley and Liza couldn't save that stinker..
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! March 10, 2012
Loved it! You need to have a bit of a dark sense of humor to find this movie hilarious.. I am a huge fan of russel brand so his performance in this movie didn't surprise me one bit. He's a genius in my book. Loved all the characters.. They all tied the movie together brilliantly. It's sort of a chick flick in its own twisted way, so I wouldn't recommend it to guys who don't care for chick flicks. I am very interested in seeing the original version of this movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Arthur February 15, 2014
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I'm being kind by giving this bomb of a movie 2 stars, the original is the best with Dudley Moore even the sequel is much better than this remake. Thank God I got it cheap from Amazon, Maybe the kids of today might like it but not yours truly, I like acting too much not script reading even in a comedy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Loved the original and love Russell Brand
An okay movie. Loved the original and love Russell Brand. Thought it would be better. Would watch anytime it was on cable.
Published 5 days ago by James
3.0 out of 5 stars Hey It's Russell Brand playing the character he always plays
This movie was OK Russell Brand was ...well Russell Brand. He always plays the same character. So, if you like Russell Brand then hey this movie is for you.
Published 6 days ago by J. Carroll
3.0 out of 5 stars Why remake and already good movie
Arthur and all the other characters are played well, and thank heavens Liza Minnelli is gone. But nothing really out-shined Arthur with Dudley Moore. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Andrew W. Mcclure
1.0 out of 5 stars bleak
Russel, you are funny brilliant, but this is vehicle written in earnest without any regard or consideration for the original ,just wanting to make a vehicle for Russell who cannot... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Paul Peabody
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I bought it
A clever, feel-good film with a Russell Brand twist. It has all the right touches. Very funny, very sad, not for young audiences.
Published 1 month ago by Ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I love this movie. Such a great remake of the original. Russell nails the role of Arthur. Perfect character for Russell to play
Published 2 months ago by julia cheek
4.0 out of 5 stars Different
I think the best part of the video is the scene where Russell Brand is in his underwear. It is vaguely like the original movie, which is my all time favorite, but enough different... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nancy A. Cavanaugh
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice update
Russell Brand does a good job being himself (except he does not drink in real life!) in this remake. Helen Mirren is fantastic, as always in anything she does. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. Hess
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny in so many ways!
I like both the original and up to date version of this movie. I would recommend anyone that has not taken the time to see this movie to watch it with an open heart and mind just... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lynette
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it
I was kind of worried that he would poke fun at the original Arthur but he was very respectful. I enjoyed it very much!
Published 3 months ago by Ursula
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