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Writers (WGA):
Peter Baynham (screenplay)
Steve Gordon (story)
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Release Date:
8 April 2011 (USA) See more »
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Meet the world's only loveable billionaire. See more »
Plot:
A drunken playboy stands to lose a wealthy inheritance when he falls for a woman his family doesn't like. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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2 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Russell Brand ... Arthur

Helen Mirren ... Hobson

Greta Gerwig ... Naomi Quinn

Jennifer Garner ... Susan Johnson

Geraldine James ... Vivienne

Luis Guzmán ... Bitterman

Nick Nolte ... Burt Johnson
Christina Jacquelyn Calph ... Tiffany (as Christina Calph)
Murphy Guyer ... Officer Kaplan

José Ramón Rosario ... Employment Clerk

John Hodgman ... Candy Store Manager

Scott Adsit ... Gummy Bear Man

Evander Holyfield ... Boxing Trainer

Peter Van Wagner ... Naomi's Dad

Robert Clohessy ... Veteran Cop
Ed Herbstman ... Rookie Cop

Jared Parker ... Wedding Kid
Tom Toner ... Wedding Priest

Richard Bekins ... Chancellor

Matt Malloy ... Spoon Guy

Nigel Barker ... Photographer

Tuffy Questell ... Tito

Sara Chase ... Journalist #1

Ali Reza ... Journalist #2 (as Ali Reza Farahnakian)
Kimberly Pauley ... Journalist #3

Brian McElhaney ... College Student

Charlie Hewson ... Receptionist / Best Man
Peter Brouwer ... Auctioneer
Saul Stein ... Officer #2

Stink Fisher ... Foreman
Debbie Lee Jones ... Kissed Woman

Pascal Yen-Pfister ... Maitre D'

Dylan Clark Marshall ... Boy on Tour

Steve Rosen ... Grand Central Waiter

Leslie Hendrix ... Alice Johnson
George Feaster ... James

Ed Jewett ... Group Leader

John Carrafa ... Choreographer

Jennie Eisenhower ... Maid of Honor

Sean Gustavus Tarjyoto ... Bookstore Clerk (as Sean G. Tarjoto)

Pamela Stewart ... Librarian (as Pamela Holden Stewart)

Skai Jackson ... Library Girl #1

Tori Feinstein ... Library Girl #2

Jackson Nicoll ... Library Boy #1 (as Jackson T. Nicoll)
Caden Draper ... Library Boy #2
Jase Draper ... Library Boy #3
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Devin Almonte ... Susan's Bridesmaid (uncredited)
Anthony Amodeo ... ATM User (uncredited)

Marc Alan Austen ... Hasidic (uncredited)
Kayla Ayler-McCormick ... Customer in Candy Store (uncredited)
Ryan Barratt ... Waiter (uncredited)
Joseph Basile ... Job Hunter at Unemployment Office (uncredited)

Denny Bess ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)

Jasmine Hope Bloch ... Astoria Resident (uncredited)
Peter Bond ... Happy Birthday Prisoner (uncredited)

David Boston ... Hospital Guest (uncredited)

Jackie Brown ... Surprised Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Farouk Chakwa ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Jamie Choi ... Bridesmaid (uncredited)
Andrew Justin Cohen ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Avery Davis ... Kid at Dylan's Candy Store (uncredited)
Donato DeMarinis ... Waiter (uncredited)

Chelsey Donn ... Clerk (uncredited)

Dawn Douglas ... AA Support Client (uncredited)

Elli ... Rabbi Elli (uncredited)

Melody Garcia ... Justin Bieber Mom (uncredited)

Kathryn Gerhardt ... Woman at AA Group (uncredited)

Takako Haywood ... Member of Grand Central Tour Group (uncredited)

Gina Hernandez ... Bodega Woman #1 (uncredited)

Rosemary Howard ... Le Cirque Patron (uncredited)

Anne Bergstedt Jordanova ... Party Girl (uncredited)
Tony Kost ... Naomi's Neighbor (uncredited)
Anna Kuchma ... Tiffany's Friend (uncredited)

Dylan Lauren ... Herself (uncredited)

Geoff Lee ... Asian Tourist 'Korean John Lennon' (uncredited)

Ron Maestri ... A Walking Stephen Hawking (uncredited)

John Mancini ... NYPD Police Officer (uncredited)
Jeremy McLain ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Scott O'Grady ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Toshiko Onizawa ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Evan Elise Owens ... Girl in Plaid Shirt at Dylan's (uncredited)
Frederick Piña ... Extra (uncredited)

Julianna Rigoglioso ... Little Girl at Dillons (uncredited)

Tatsumi Romano ... Tour Girl (uncredited)

Ilana Seagull ... Grand Central Station Commuter (uncredited)

Madisyn Shipman ... Little Girl (uncredited)
Robert Shulman ... MOMA Benefit Attendee (uncredited)

Nate Steinwachs ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Joseph Urban ... Happy Birthday Prisoner (uncredited)

Naeem Uzimann ... Hot Dog Vendor (uncredited)

Barbara Vincent ... Le Cirque Patron (uncredited)

Sylvia Ward ... Bridal Shower Guest (uncredited)

Alex Ziwak ... Casual New Yorker (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jason Winer 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Peter Baynham (screenplay)

Steve Gordon (story)

Produced by
Chris Bender .... producer
Russell Brand .... producer
Larry Brezner .... producer
Scott Kroopf .... executive producer
Nik Linnen .... executive producer
Kevin McCormick .... producer
J.C. Spink .... producer
Michael Tadross .... producer
 
Original Music by
Theodore Shapiro 
 
Cinematography by
Uta Briesewitz 
 
Film Editing by
Brent White 
 
Casting by
Kathleen Chopin 
 
Production Design by
Sarah Knowles 
 
Art Direction by
Doug Huszti 
 
Set Decoration by
Chryss Hionis 
 
Costume Design by
Juliet Polcsa 
 
Makeup Department
Margot Boccia .... makeup artist: Jennifer Garner
Chris Clark .... key hair stylist
Eldo Ray Estes .... makeup artist
Jeong-Hwa Fonkalsrud .... additional makeup artist
Todd Kleitsch .... makeup department head
Suzy Mazzarese-Allison .... hair department head
Louise McCarthy .... key makeup artist
Nicola Schuller .... personal hair stylist to Mr Brand
Nicola Schuller .... personal make up artist to Mr Brand
 
Production Management
Bill Draper .... executive in charge of production
Carole Peterman .... unit production manager: second unit
Angel Pine .... post-production supervisor
Afnahn Khan .... post-production executive (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marcos González Palma .... additional second assistant director
Marcos González Palma .... assistant director: reshoots
Casey Madigan .... second second assistant director
Derek Peterson .... second second assistant director: reshoots
Charlie Picerni .... second unit director
Michael Pitt .... first assistant director
Joseph Turner .... second second assistant director
Adam T. Weisinger .... first assistant director: additional photography
Adam T. Weisinger .... first assistant director: second unit
Adam T. Weisinger .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Michael Acevedo .... head carpenter
Joseph A. Alfieri Jr. .... construction coordinator
I. Javier Ameijeiras .... production illustrator
Arthur .... key on-set dresser
Melanie J. Baker .... assistant set decorator
Colin Brantley .... scenic artist
Steve Brennan .... key on-set dresser
Peter Bulavinetz .... construction grip
Joel Custer .... props
Thomas A. Delillo .... props
Lauren Doner .... scenic artist
Joe Dunckley .... props
Amber Fleming-Shon .... stand-by scenic
Steve Fratianni .... key construction grip
Daniel Geary .... carpenter
Deborah Greene .... set decorating buyer
Gina Herold .... set decoration coordinator
Gavin Holmes Jr. .... construction grip
Mike Kearns .... carpenter
Jessica Kosky .... scenic artist
Robert Ludemann .... graphic artist
Francis Maiorino .... best boy greens
Bruce McNally .... painter
Shawn Mulligan .... construction grip
Michael Lee Nirenberg .... scenic artist
Blythe R.D. Quinlan .... assistant art director
Tafv Sampson .... art production assistant
Stephen Siersema .... scenic artist
Rachael Weinzimer .... props
Brianne Zulauf .... art department coordinator
Jason Weinman .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Joshua Anderson .... additional sound utility
David Bach .... adr and dialogue supervisor
Phil Barrie .... sound effects editor
Bob Beher .... supervising foley editor
Stephanie Brown .... assistant sound editor
Stephanie Brown .... first assistant sound editor
Greg Crawford .... adr mixer: Atlanta
Alexis Farand .... foley artist
Alison Fisher .... dialogue editor
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
Lee Gilmore .... sound effects editor
David Jobe .... foley mixer
Ryan Murphy .... sound mix technician
Jason Oliver .... adr mixer
Egor Panchenko .... pro tools playback mixer
Jerry Ross .... supervising sound editor
James J. Sabat Jr. .... sound utility
James Sabat .... sound mixer
Mike Schmidt .... boom operator
Brian Seagrave .... audio post-conform
Seth Tallman .... additional sound mixer
Bruce Tanis .... sound effects editor
Matt Vowles .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Special Effects by
James R. Bilz .... special effects technician
Jeff Brink .... special effects coordinator
Shane Gross .... special effects technician
Charlie Simunik .... special effects foreman
Kevin Zack .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Sean William Adair .... visual effects artist: Gravity
Marcello Altieri .... digital compositor
Peter Amante .... flame artist: Gravity
Cynthia Angel .... visual effects coordinator: Gravity
Cara Buckley .... senior visual effects producer: Gravity
Kate Chappell .... flame assistant: Gravity
Leslie Chung .... digital compositor: Gravity
Kyle Cody .... digital compositor: Gravity
Sean Curran .... pre-vis lead animator: Gravity
Luciano DiGeronimo .... digital compositor: Gravity
Zviah Eldar .... visual effects executive producer: Gravity
Katherine Filtranti .... digital compositor: Gravity
Allen Fowlkes .... digital artist
Allen Fowlkes .... digital effects
Mark Scott Friedman .... digital compositor: Gravity
Brad Gayo .... compositing supervisor
Syam Sundar Karumathil .... roto/paint artist: Gravity
Ryan Leonard .... digital compositor: Gravity
Karin Levinson .... executive producer: Gravity
Yuval Levy .... digital effects supervisor: Gravity
Juan David Lopez .... digital compositor: Gravity
Joseph Oberle .... digital compositor: Gravity
Goran Ognjanovic .... senior animator: Gravity
David Piombino .... digital compositor: Gravity
Brennan Prevatt .... visual effects
Jim Rider .... visual effects supervisor: Gravity
Diganta Saha .... systems administrator: Prologue
Takayuki Sato .... title sequence animator: Prologue Films
Alessandro Struppa .... rotoscope artist: Gravity
Michelle Urbano .... studio production manager: Cyclops VFX
Chi-Min Yang .... lead technical director: lighting (Gravity)
 
Stunts
Bill Anagnos .... stunts
Chris Barnes .... stunts
Tim Buchanan .... stunts
Chris Cenatiempo .... stunts
Whitney Coleman .... stunts
Norman Douglass .... stunts
Shauna Duggins .... stunts
Stephanie Finochio .... stunts
Donald John Hewitt .... stunts (as Donald J. Hewitt Jr.)
Jery Hewitt .... stunt coordinator
Peter Hock .... stunts
Colleen Ketchum .... stunt double: Jason Winer
Colleen Ketchum .... stunts
Rob King .... stunts
Gino Lucci .... stunts
Ian Mclaughlin .... stunts
Chazz Menendez .... stunts
Rex Peterson .... stunts
Ryan Quinlan .... stunts
Michael Russo .... stunts (as Mike Russo)
Elliot Santiago .... stunts
Monty Stuart .... stunts
Michael F. Tadross .... stunts
Tim Buchanan .... stunt rigger (uncredited)
Whitney Coleman .... stunt double (uncredited)
Shauna Duggins .... stunt double: Jennifer Garner (uncredited)
Cort Hessler .... stunts (uncredited)
Donald John Hewitt .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Rob King .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Ian Mclaughlin .... key stunt rigger (uncredited)
Ian Mclaughlin .... stunt double: Russel Brand (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Rico Omega Alston .... video assist
Rodney Bauer .... dolly grip: second unit
Adam Benlifer .... electrician
John Betancourt .... tech
Patrick M. Bracey .... additional film loader
Uta Briesewitz .... camera operator
Thomas Calandrillo .... technocrane operator
Alisa M. Colley .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Jason Cortazzo .... libra head technician
Jack Donnelly .... director of photography: second unit
John Donohue Jr. .... grip
Johnny Erbes-Chan .... dolly grip
Jay Feather .... camera operator
Glenn Fishel .... grip
Michael Gallart .... lighting console programmer
David Ganczewski .... unit grip
John Gatland .... best boy rigging grip: second unit
John Geisler .... grip: second unit
Andrew Greve .... additional rigging electrician
Craig Paul Harris .... rigging electrician
Brian Heller .... aerial cinematographer
Rebecca Heller .... loader
Petr Hlinomaz .... camera operator: second unit
Thomas Hocking .... grip
Nick Hopkins .... grip
Aaron Jacobs .... grip
David Knox .... camera operator: "b" camera
Steve Koster .... aerial director of photography
Dan Kubicek .... additional electrician
Michael A. Leo .... lamp operator
Thomas Lowry .... grip
Michael C. Maronna .... electrician
Michael J. Maurer .... rigging electrician
Paul C. McKenna .... crane technician: Louma 2
Charles Meere III .... generator operator
John J. Moers .... documentary cameraman
Jeff Muhlstock .... camera operator: "b" camera additional photography
Jeff Muhlstock .... steadicam operator
Michael Nelson .... ultimate arm operator
Richard Neumann .... rigging best boy
Ben Noble .... rigging gaffer
Arne Olsen Jr. .... key rigging grip: second unit
Rocco Palmieri .... stage rigging gaffer
George Peters .... camera operator: ultimate arm
Michael Price .... best boy electric
Brendan Quinlan .... key grip
Steve Ramsey .... gaffer
Edward Read .... lighting console programmer
Chris Reynolds .... first assistant camera: b-camera
Nicole Rivelli .... additional photographer
Daniel Salk .... video assist
Steven Search .... first assistant camera
John Sember .... additional video assist
Lara Sfire .... electrician
Pierson Silver .... libra head operator
Elizabeth Stern .... grip
Al Stetson .... key rigging grip
Al Stetson .... second unit: key grip
Eve Strickman .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Brooks Toran .... rigging electrician
Barry Wetcher .... still photographer
Aurelia Winborn .... first assistant camera
 
Animation Department
Takayuki Sato .... main title animator: Prologue Films
Jeiko Soh .... title sequence animator
 
Casting Department
Meredith Jacobson .... extras casting
Jessica Munks .... casting associate
Jamie Schulman .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kimberly Baird .... costumer: Jennifer Garner
Kate Edwards .... costume supervisor
Askia Won-Ling Jacob .... costumer: Russell Brand
Brittany Loar .... costume coordinator
Courtney McClain .... assistant costume designer
Derek Moreno .... set costumer
Katelyn Mueller .... costume production assistant
Marcia Patten .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Kristyn DiPane .... dailies producer
Timothy Donovan .... post-production assistant
Chris Gennarelli .... colorist: high definition dailies
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Kathleen Largay .... digital intermediate colorist assist
Adam Ohl .... digital intermediate producer
Daniel Paress .... post-production coordinator
Dave Pickett .... colorist
Collin Pittier .... post-production assistant
Richie Roefaro .... colorist assistant
Josh Salzberg .... apprentice editor
Russ Senzatimore .... assistant editor
Jan Yarbrough .... digital intermediate colorist
Shane Lefler .... colorist (uncredited)
Shane Lefler .... on-line editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Pete Anthony .... conductor
Pete Anthony .... orchestrator
Bryan Carrigan .... digital score recordist
Gloria Cheng .... piano
George Doering .... musician
Chris Fogel .... music scoring engineer
M.B. Gordy .... musician: Percussion
Tina Guo .... cello
Tom Hardisty .... score recordist
Oliver Hug .... music editor
Dave Jordan .... music supervisor
Randy Kerber .... orchestrator
Victor Pesavento .... music preparation
Peter Rotter .... music contractor
Robert L. Smith .... score recordist
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
Jojo Villanueva .... music supervisor
Jake Walker .... musician
Erica Weis .... supervising music editor
Jonathan Williams .... musician: cello
Rebekah Touma .... music coordinator (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Patrick Hogan .... transportation co-captain: reshoots
Ralph Volpe .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Ashley Paige Allen .... set production assistant
Cameron C. Bell .... production assistant
Carly Bender .... production assistant
Geoffrey Booth .... location assistant: reshoots
Matthew Bowman .... production assistant
Clay Broaddus .... additional production staff
Theo Brooks .... production assistant
Paul Cabbad .... set production assistant
Jennifer Carmody .... production assistant (as Jennifer m Carmody)
John Carrafa .... choreographer
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot
Christina Chow .... production assistant
Theodore Collatos .... production assistant
Kyle Cooper .... title sequence: executive producer
Dana Corl .... location assistant: reshoots
Christopher Cosmos .... assistant to producers
Meredith Crowley .... assistant location manager
Ana Cuadra .... assistant location manager
Ana Cuadra .... unit location manager
Mary Cybulski .... script supervisor
Tony Cypres .... first assistant accountant
Lisa Davidson .... production coordinator: WB
Thomas Della Bella .... production assistant
Matthew Eberle .... additional set production assistant: additional photography
Patricia Fernandez .... location scout
Josh R. Field .... second assistant accountant
David Fried .... production assistant
Joshua A. Friedman .... production assistant: reshoots
Hal Fuchsman .... staff set production assistant
Christopher Gambale .... production staff
Becky Goldenthal .... assistant to Jason Winer
Eleni Goros .... location assistant
Orit Greenberg .... location scout
Hakiem Greenhut .... production assistant
Ryan Hammer .... location assistant
Abigail Hansen .... production assistant: 2nd Unit
John D. Hay .... production assistant
Loren Herbert .... production assistant
Rob Herling .... location assistant
John Hoving .... location assistant
Ryan Robert Howard .... production assistant
Eddie Joe .... parking coordinator
Mitchell J. Kaplan .... accounting clerk
Brian Lehrer .... production assistant
Amy Leigh Johnson .... unit publicist
Sophia Lucchesi .... assistant to producer
Keith Marlin .... key set production assistant: additional photography
Michael McGrail .... location assistant
Lisa McPherson .... set production assistant
Sonia Miranda .... production assistant
Sean Murray .... production secretary
Kyle O'Brien .... production accountant
Terrill Ocona .... production assistant
Jason Orley .... assistant to director
Timothy D. Orr .... helicopter pilot
Joseph Perron-Kozar .... office production assistant
Derek Peterson .... key production assistant: 2nd Unit
Rex Peterson .... horse trainer: stunt double
Alexander Phillips .... location assistant
Brad Reichel .... location assistant
Brandon Ripley .... production assistant
Shanae Rivers .... office production assistant
Jannett Roberts .... location coordinator
Kerry Roberts .... payroll accountant
Buck P.B.D. Rodgers .... production assistant
Ulises Rodriguez .... production coordinator
Lee Rosenberg .... location assistant
Samantha L. Seda .... location assistant
Jeff Sedwick .... production assistant
Joshua Shull .... assistant location manager
Joshua Shull .... location scout
Nate Shull .... location scout
Jeanie Siligato .... assistant: Helen Mirren
Valentin Staller .... production assistant
April J. Stevens .... production assistant
Cari Swanson .... horse trainer
Scott Tankel .... location assistant: second unit
Joseph Turner .... key set production assistant
Michael Vastano .... set production assistant
Sara Webster .... assistant production coordinator
Joshua Williams .... production assistant
Sherina Williams .... location assistant
Charbel Youssef .... production assistant
Jeremy Zalben .... location assistant
Ian Dawson .... Titles Sequence Producer (uncredited)
Lisa Kisner .... second assistant accountant (uncredited)
David Levinson .... assistant to director (uncredited)
Jessica Pennington .... adr loop group (uncredited)
 

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Rated PG-13 for alcohol use throughout, sexual content, language and some drug references
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Argentina:13 | Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Germany:12 | Ireland:12A | Netherlands:6 | Peru:PT | Philippines:PG-13 (MTRCB) | Portugal:M/6 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:NC-16 (Blu-ray) | South Korea:15 | Sweden:Btl | UK:12A | USA:PG-13 (certificate #46705)

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Trivia:
Theatrical film debut of director Jason Winer.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Naomi and Arthur enjoy their "first date" in the middle of Grand Central Terminal, darkness is seen outside the windows as if its the middle of the night, even though they were in bright daylight moments earlier outside on 42nd Street.See more »
Quotes:
Arthur:Look! It's orphan Annie, but as a man. Orphan Mannie!See more »
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54 out of 95 people found the following review useful.
Just didn't see the point to it, 1 May 2011
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

I don't jump on the bandwagon of immediately hating on a remake as there are some great ones out there. I watched the Arthur remake as I do like Helen Mirren a lot and I personally don't mind Russell Brand. But I was hesitant too as to me the trailer didn't wow me over, I didn't laugh once, and by the end of last week I was starting to get annoyed at Offenbach's Can Can(a fun piece especially to dance and sing along to but can get on your nerves sometimes depending on the time and place) being played for the hundredth time.

Arthur wasn't for me quite the abomination that I heard it was, but in all honesty I didn't see much point to it. It is better than the Psycho and Wicker Man remakes both of which almost made me lose the will to live, but for a good remake look towards The Thief of Baghdad, The Magnificent Seven and especially The Thing. If I were to compare this to the 1981 film, the 1981 film is much better being very funny and charming and I actually preferred the much-maligned-but(in my opinion)-better-than-its-reputation sequel over this too.

I will get the good things out of the way. I did like very much how the film looked and the location shooting is very striking and the soundtrack is infectious. But here come the many negatives. While I admire that Arthur tried to stick faithfully to the original film, I think there are times when it tries too hard and it comes off as being too faithful. Except here while there was wit, fun and charm in the original and in its sequel, there is not enough of that here, the severe letdown that is the ending pretty much epitomises this. The script is often unfunny and juvenile, severely lacking in the acidity and drollness that worked so well before, and the gags are really quite weak, predictable and poorly timed.

I don't mind a movie where it has moments of predictability, a lot of movies do, but it does bother me when there are too many moments throughout where it is. That is the case with Arthur, and I can't count the number of times where I was saying to myself "now where have I seen this before". Again, I don't mind when a movie show little or nothing new, but the difference is Arthur in the end didn't make me overlook that because it was lacking in charm.

The direction is rather poor as well, often rushed and smug, and there were times where I felt there should be more time to breathe. And there are some moments where there is little or no humour that are really quite dull. The acting overall fares little better. I have to say though Russell Brand did have very big shoes to fill and he does do an admirable job trying to convey some spontaneous cheeky charm. The problem is not only is his material unfunny and dreadfully weak but his titular character clichéd and unlikeable. Arthur in the original was clichéd in a way but I found as the film progressed you warmed to him, here I grew tired of him.

I cannot deny that Greta Gerwig is talented, but she too is ill-served with her material. She has no snappy lines, no funny joke, no witty gag to write home about, so overall it was the pretty-but-bland acting performance. I'd say the same for Jennifer Garner as well, and also that her frothy acting style didn't entirely work within the tone and style of the film. I was most saddened about Helen Mirren, bless her she tries so hard, but in the John Gielgud role she can't do anything with her lines, she has some decent delivery but there is none of the droll and acidic quality in the one-liners to go the extra mile. Then there are talented actors such as Nick Nolte and Geraldine James who are largely wasted.

All in all, not an abomination but pointless. 2/10 Bethany Cox

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