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Arthur (2011)

Russell Brand , Greta Gerwig , Jason Winer  |  PG-13 |  DVD
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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: January 8, 2013
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004HO6I42
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,696 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Arthur" on IMDb

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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.

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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30 of 37 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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34 of 43 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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2 of 2 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first one July 28, 2011
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I'm a child of the 70's and loved the first Arthur. So maybe my expectations were too high. This one just didn't live up to the first one with exception of Helen Mirren. Russell Brand did a good enough job but wasn't impressive. And I was sorely disappointed with the actress who played the character Liza Minelli played. Liza played a strong, unforgettable character. This actress didn't. Helen Mirren, IMO, was the only standout. The first Arthur was a classic, this one isn't. Not a bad movie, just a fair movie.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Another Remake No One Wanted April 13, 2012
The world was not clamoring for an update of the Oscar-winning "Arthur" (1981), but Warner Bros. didn't listen. Russell Brand delivers zero laughs in the Dudley Moore role, with Helen Mirren a decidedly bizarre choice to fill the shoes of John Gielgud. Sitcom director Jason Winer gives the 2011 version a predictable made-for-TV veneer. Best that you can do . . . is avoid.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Meh December 28, 2013
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This film had its funny moments but they weren't enough to salvage what was a tepid re-make of an old favorite.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Horrid December 1, 2013
Horrible movie, the actor starring in it is just not funny...he ruins any sort of enjoyment that could possibly be had from this utter mess of a movie. There is nothing interesting about the actor and how he has gotten a single role in a show or movie is beyond any logic whatsoever.
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1.0 out of 5 stars AWFUL December 1, 2013
AWFUL, AWFUL, AWFUL. Anyone in thier 20s and younger MIGHT like it because they may not even realize this is a re-make. Anyone who remembers and appreciates the Dudley Moore classic will be completely turned off by this God Awful film. Did I mention it's Awful?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome awesome awesome movie!!! recommend it to all
Published 5 days ago by mamasbabygirl
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 14 days ago by Brendan
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny.
Very funny, albiet predictable.
Published 28 days ago by Bohn507
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved it!
Published 1 month ago by f
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend it.
Cool movie.
Published 1 month ago by Raul P.
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
not good at all no one can replace Dudley Moore in Arthur
Published 1 month ago by phyllis
5.0 out of 5 stars Warrants repeat viewing in my book
I really enjoyed this movie. Never did see the original, so I had no expectations. But I do think it's rather silly to expect a movie remake to be a carbon copy of the original and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Serious Black
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor remake. Brand is crass and not funny.
Although Dudley Moore in the original real Arthur was usually unkempt and drunk, he was always well dressed and civil. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Alaska Computer Tech
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 3 months 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 3 months ago by J. Carroll
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