Arthur

2011

Arthur (2011)

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Critic Consensus: An irritating, unnecessary remake that demonstrates the libertine charm Russell Brand exudes in supporting roles turn against him when he's star of the show.

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In this fresh new look at a classic story, Russell Brand reinvents the role of loveable billionaire Arthur Bach, an irresponsible charmer who has always relied on two things to get by: his limitless fortune and the good sense of his lifelong nanny and best friend Hobson (Helen Mirren), to keep him out of trouble. Kind-hearted, fun-loving, and utterly without purpose, Arthur spends every day in the heedless pursuit of amusement. But when his unpredictable public image threatens the staid reputation of the family foundation, Bach Worldwide, he is given an ultimatum: marry the beautiful but decidedly unlovable Susan Johnson (Jennifer Garner), an ambitious corporate exec who can keep him in line, or say goodbye to his billion-dollar inheritance and the only way of life he knows. It's a deal Arthur would be inclined to take...if he hadn't just fallen for Naomi (Greta Gerwig), a New York City tour guide who shares his idealism and spontaneity. The independent Naomi sees Arthur not only for who he is, but for who he could be, and finally gives him a reason to take charge of his own life. All he needs to do is stand up for what he wants. But at what cost? With some unconventional help from Hobson--the one person who always believed he could do anything--Arthur will take the most expensive risk of his life and learn what it means to become a man. -- (C) Warner Bros

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Cast

Russell Brand
as Arthur Bach
Luis Guzman
as Bitterman
Nick Nolte
as Burt Johnson
Murphy Guyer
as Officer Kaplan
Jose Ramon Rosario
as Employment Clerk
John Hodgman
as Candy Store Manager
Scott Adsit
as Gummy Bear Man
Evander Holyfield
as Boxing Trainer
Peter Van Wagner
as Naomi's Dad
Robert Clohessy
as Veteran Cop
Ed Herbstman
as Rookie Cop
Jared Parker
as Wedding Kid
Tom Toner
as Wedding Priest
Richard Bekins
as Chancellor
Matt Malloy
as Spoon Guy
Nigel Barker
as Photographer
Sara Chase
as Journalist #1
Ali Farahnakian
as Journalist #2
Kimberly Pauley
as Journalist #3
Brian McElhaney
as College Student
Charlie Hewson
as Receptionist/Best Man
Peter Brouwer
as Auctioneer
Saul Stein
as Officer #2
Stink Fisher
as Foreman
Debbie Lee Jones
as Kissed Woman
Steve Rosen
as Grand Central Waiter
Leslie Hendrix
as Alice Johnson
Ed Jewett
as Group Leader
John Carrafa
as Choreographer
Jennie Eisenhower
as Maid of Honor
Sean G. Tarjoto
as Bookstore Clerk
Skai Jackson
as Library Girl #1
Tori Feinstein
as Library Girl #2
Jackson Nicoll
as Library Boy #1
Caden Draper
as Library Boy #2
Jase Draper
as Library Boy #3
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Critic Reviews for Arthur

All Critics (189) | Top Critics (40)

A pitiable remake of the sloshed "classic" from 1981.

Apr 25, 2011
New Yorker
Top Critic

A blander, more responsible 'Arthur' with far fewer laughs and, be warned, a painful update on the classic Burt Bacharach title tune over the end credits.

Apr 20, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Russell Brand gives a career-killing performance.

Apr 11, 2011 | Full Review…

It's amazing how a lifeless, pointless remake can provoke pangs of nostalgia about a mediocre movie. Such is the case with Arthur.

Apr 10, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

[An] innocuous, blandly therapeutic remake of a comedy that wasn't exactly edgy to begin with.

Apr 8, 2011
Variety
Top Critic

I don't buy the notion that this is all a lavish fantasy to cheer us in troubled times. It's too clueless and condescending for that.

Apr 8, 2011 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Arthur

½

I think that this is just as good, if not better than the original. I'm sure a lot of people will just hate this by default because it's a remake, but anyone who gives it a fair chance will have a hard time finding it anything but fun. I guess you have to enjoy Russell Brand in order to find it as funny as I did, but I think this role was perfect for him. Everything about Arthur and his larger than life personality is so easy to accept when it's so well acted. Nearly every joke he makes is hilarious and the whole concept is something that never seems to get old. I think all of the characters are great and a step up from their originals. Helen Mirren is amazing as Hobson and I honestly don't think anyone could play that character better. I also think Greta Gerwig was perfect too; she just has a quality about her that is totally unique and lovable. While this is a remake in terms of structure and basic plot, it's completely different in terms of the comedy and general atmosphere. Some of the little things like Frog and Toad, Batman Forevermobile, and the Gummi Bear suit are what make it so much more fun to me. As a heartwarming comedy, you can't get better than this. It gives you exactly what you need and there's nothing cheap or corny about it. No one should feel bad about liking Arthur because it's just so good at what it wants to be.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

This is one i put off watching for a long time because it seemed like such a steaming pile. Saw it on free to air TV recently. Certainly wouldn't have paid for it. So, was it as bad as I expected? Well,yes and no. The main problem with this is Russell Brand. He is meant to be an alcoholic. He just comes off here as mentally challenged. The female leads pretty much save this. Greta Gerwig and Helen Mirren. I like Jennifer Garner generally. I have to say, this isn't a great role for her either. She does much better with girl next door roles than bitchy ones. There's a few smiles here (I wouldn't say laughs exactly), and some of it is sweet. It's certainly not as awful as I expected. I liked the date at the train station, for example and the ending is quite romantic (or could have been if the guy was anyone other than Brand).

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Ok. My guilty obsession...Russell Brand. He is just sooo funny to me, and rather charming, in a way. He does a lot of great ad-libbing, as usual. Helen Mirren does a really touching job as his nanny. Good music by Death Cab, great comic timing by all involved, and very sincere performances. Not actually a copy of the original. More of a revamping. I enjoyed this..a lot.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

There is a given disadvantage to any remake; specifically, if it's been done before, why do it again? In the case of Arthur, the remake, you have a well loved tale from 30+ years ago. Perhaps when pitching this film you could argue that a couple of generations have passed since then, and we've got this hot actor who is box office gold... and I suppose that works to a degree. But speaking as one not of the demographic, and having seen the first film and enjoyed Dudley Moore's antics, my repeat viewing of the remake comes from an admittedly skewed lens. That being said, though the tale is creaky around the edges, there is enough witty dialog and bon mots to make this a worthwhile viewing - and it's got Helen Mirren, so that alone should hold your interest. Russell Brand holds his own as Arthur in my opinion, and Jennifer Garner is sufficiently waspy in her villainous turn as the woman Arthur is condemned to marry. Greta Gerwig, in the Liza Minneli role comes from a different angle - more sweetness than edgy, but her acting here is sincere. The film totally wastes the great comic talent of Luis Guzman, giving him not much to do other than wear a hilarious Robin costume at the film's intro. Speaking of wasting talent - Nick Nolte... what the heck was he doing here, slumming as a threatening buffoon? But even though I found the last half of the film a bit draggy - too much plot getting in the way of the fun - there were enough funny bits of dialog coming out of Brand's mouth and enough of Helen Mirren being... Helen Mirren, to give this a marginal passing grade - you could do far worse if you're looking for a bit of light humor.

paul sandberg
paul sandberg

Super Reviewer

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