Arthur 2: On the Rocks (1988)



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In this sequel to the 1981 hit comedy Arthur, the story picks up where it left off with the bibulous millionaire hero (Dudley Moore) marrying poverty-stricken Linda Marolla (Liza Minnelli) instead of going through with a prearranged wealthy marriage. The vengeful father (Stephen Elliott) of the justifiably jilted bride begins pulling a few crooked strings, and before long, Arthur is broke. Worse still, Linda is pregnant. Will Arthur crawl back into a bottle, or will he save the day? John Gielgud makes a cameo appearance as the ghost of the family-retainer character he played in the first Arthur, while Dudley Moore's real-life wife Brogan Lane shows up in a minor role.
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Dudley Moore
as Arthur Bach
Liza Minnelli
as Linda Marolla Bach
Stephen Elliott
as Burt Johnson
John Gielgud
as Hobson
Paul Benedict
as Fairchild
Kathy Bates
as Mrs. Canby
Cynthia Sikes
as Susan Johnson
Ted Ross
as Bitterman
Thomas Barbour
as Stanford Bach
David O'Brien
as Millionaire
Ron Canada
as Bartender
John C. Vennema
as Maitre D'
John A. Zee
as Bald Executive
Frederikke Borge
as Decorator
John O'Neill
as Housekeeper Husband
Mary Betten
as Housekeeper Wife
Brogan Lane
as Cindy
Carl Bressler
as Diner Customer
Linda A. Borgeson
as Diner Customer
Don Stark
as Diner Customer
J. Christopher Sullivan
as Diner Customer
Ken Magee
as Hardware Store Customer #1
Cameron Johann
as Hardware Store Customer #2
Raymond O'Connor
as Drunk #1
Joe Restivo
as Seedy Bartender
Robert Levine
as Cabdriver
Joe Jamrog
as Doorman
Ken Sylk
as Man in Shadows
Terry Wills
as Man in Alley
Jason Wingreen
as Boardmember #2
Darryl Edwards
as Johnson Guard
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Critic Reviews for Arthur 2: On the Rocks

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (7)

The excruciating "Arthur 2 on the Rocks" should come with a surgeon general's warning: "This sort of stupidity may sap your will to live or to watch movies ever again."

Full Review… | June 24, 2015
Los Angeles Times
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Not as classy a farce as the original, but still manages to be an amusing romp for most of its length.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Top Critic

As funny as a cerebral haemorrhage.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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A doughy, unimaginative spin-off beyond any saving by its two resourceful stars.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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It's not a sequel, it's a relapse.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
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If "Arthur 2" has any significance, it's to herald -- unwittingly -- the death of the Happy Drunk in the movies.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Arthur 2: On the Rocks

Not so bad like everybody say, Arthur 2 is very inferior from the 1981 hit. At least Dudley Moore, with luck and funny charm save this sequel.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

A ok film with some funny moments.

Dean King
Dean King

Super Reviewer

Lightning doesn't strike twice as this sequel falls completely flat on its face. A lot of the same from the first movie, but somewhat different in tone. Even Geilgud's ghostly appearance in this movie can't save this film. But I enjoyed it.

Derek Daniels
Derek Daniels

Super Reviewer

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