26 user 44 critic

Arthur Newman (2012)

R | | Drama | 13 June 2013 (Kuwait)
2:21 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

A story of a man who fakes his own death and assumes a new identity in order to escape his life, who then moves in with a woman who is also trying to leave her past behind.



1 nomination. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Gambit I (2012)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

An art curator decides to seek revenge on his abusive boss by conning him into buying a fake Monet, but his plan requires the help of an eccentric and unpredictable Texas rodeo queen.

Director: Michael Hoffman
Stars: Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz, Alan Rickman
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Iris invites her friend Jack to stay at her family's island getaway after the death of his brother. At their remote cabin, Jack's drunken encounter with Hannah, Iris' sister, kicks off a revealing stretch of days.

Director: Lynn Shelton
Stars: Mark Duplass, Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The story of a son's conflicting memories of his dying father.

Director: Anand Tucker
Stars: Jim Broadbent, Colin Firth, Juliet Stevenson
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A man moves his two daughters to Italy after their mother dies in a car accident, in order to revitalize their lives. Genova changes all three of them as the youngest daughter starts to see the ghost of her mother, while the older one discovers her sexuality.

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Colin Firth, Perla Haney-Jardine, Willa Holland
Main Street (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Several residents of a small Southern city whose lives are changed by the arrival of a stranger with a controversial plan to save their decaying hometown. In the midst of today's ... See full summary »

Director: John Doyle
Stars: Colin Firth, Ellen Burstyn, Patricia Clarkson
Wild Target (2010)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A hitman tries to retire but a beautiful thief may change his plans.

Director: Jonathan Lynn
Stars: Bill Nighy, Emily Blunt, Rupert Grint
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A fisheries expert is approached by a consultant to help realize a sheik's vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert and embarks on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible possible.

Director: Lasse Hallström
Stars: Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Amr Waked
Curiosity I (2009)
Short | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

On a quiet night, a young couple find themselves caught up in a nightmarish ordeal after they witness a murderer disposing of a body in this claustrophobic thriller staring Emily Blunt and Tom Riley.

Director: Toby Spanton
Stars: Emily Blunt, Tom Riley, Juliette James
Irresistible (2006)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A wife and mother is consumed by the thought that her husband's co-worker is trying to win him away from her and their family.

Director: Ann Turner
Stars: Susan Sarandon, Sam Neill, Emily Blunt
Hope Springs (2003)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Colin's a sad-eyed British artist holed up in a rundown hotel in small-town Vermont after being dumped by his fiancée. The hotel owner plays matchmaker and introduces him to a local girl. ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Herman
Stars: Colin Firth, Minnie Driver, Mary Steenburgen
Steve (2010)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A young couple begin to receive daily visits from their downstairs neighbor, Steve. Steve draws attention to various practical problems and is eager to have tea, but what is really on his mind?

Director: Rupert Friend
Stars: Keira Knightley, Tom Mison, Colin Firth
Trauma I (2004)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Awaking from a coma to discover his wife has been killed in a car accident, Ben's world may as well have come to an end. A few weeks later, Ben's out of hospital and, attempting to start a ... See full summary »

Director: Marc Evans
Stars: Colin Firth, Naomie Harris, Dorothy Duffy


Cast overview, first billed only:
Devon Woods ...
Ludmila Hadley (as Natalie Volkodaeva)
Holden Hansen ...


Wallace Avery hates his job. His ex-wife and son hate him, and he's blown his one shot at living his dream. Not wanting to face all this, he stages his own death and buys himself a new identity as Arthur Newman. However, Arthur's road trip towards anew life is interrupted by the arrival of the beautiful but fragile Mike, who is also trying to leave her past behind. Drawn to one another, these two damaged souls begin to connect as they break into empty homes and take on the identities of the absent owners: elderly newlyweds, a high-roller and his Russian lady, among others. Through this process, Arthur and Mike discover that what they love most about each other are the identities they left at home, and their real journey, that of healing, begins. Written by Becky Johnston

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


If you don't have a life, get someone else's.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:



Release Date:

13 June 2013 (Kuwait)  »

Also Known As:

Arthur Newman, Golf Pro  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The Watts Hospital shown at the end is in Durham, NC. However, it stopped being a hospital in 1976. Since 1980 it has been part of the NC School of Science and Mathematics. See more »


[first lines]
Unemployment Official: Congratulations, Mr. Avery. Putting you in the system, you're good to go. So by next week.
Wallace Avery: I, I can't wait 'til next week, I have business prospects elsewhere.
Unemployment Official: Oh, good for you, sir. Are you going to work at another FedEx?
See more »


Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.132 (2013) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The film needs more than talents willing to go slumming
29 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Every now and then actors with sizable names do something in the industry known as "slumming." This is a film with a significantly smaller budget that has well-known actors. This can often give actors range and prove to the public that they are capable of handling roles in smaller movies. Sometimes such an action can pay off. Look at Greg Kinnear in Little Miss Sunshine, Matt Damon in Gerry. Such roles can pay off immensely for actors and show diversity in character acting.

And other times the film itself can be completely unnecessary and a very dull slog despite actors' good intentions. So is the case with Collin Firth, who gives a fairly strong performance but can't overcome the offbeat eccentricities and the rather lame fable on the American Dream of starting ones' life over. Material like this sounds good on paper and in our heads, as we can relate this back to the ideology of the American Dream and the pursuit of happiness, but rarely is the matter very compelling on camera. This especially is the case with Fith's Arthur Newman character being very vanilla and, despite unique efforts, rather ordinary.

Firth's character's birthname is Wallace Avery, but he feels he was born inhabiting someone else's life. A golf professional, but still unsatisfied with life's offerings, he takes it upon himself to change his identity to that of "Arthur Newman." Soon after this decision is made, Arthur finds a barely-conscious woman outside named Charlotte Fitzgerald (Emily Blunt), traveling under the fictional name "Michaela" or "Mike." Arthur's timely actions of taking the woman to the hospital give her back her consciousness after an apparent overdose. When she comes back, Michaela and Wallace take a liking to each other and decide to embark on an impromptu roadtrip to Indiana, where they can live the more solemn life they've always wanted.

Firth and Blunt are both gifted character actors, with Firth winning an Oscar for his beautiful portrayal of King George IV on The King's Speech and Blunt coming off several great comedies last year with the directing likes of Judd Apatow and Lynn Shelton. Their chemistry and breezy dialog exchanges are the faint, weakening glue holding the film together before it crumbles. Arthur Newman's serious problem is its redundant scenes of self-discovery and disregarding ones' personal life for the benefit of having a cleaner, fresher slate. This concept hooks better as just that - a concept that comes up over drinks, dinner, or a nice long walk down the street. Not a ninety-three minute film with the profound qualities of a pamphlet.

Now, nearly every idea could make a great film, depending on the way a director, writer, actor, and cinematographer choose to handle the material. I have no doubt that Arthur Newman could've been a terrific film if taken with a fresher, more intriguing direction. The one present here gives every interesting event a "been-there-done-that" quality. Consider the scene when Arthur attempts to save the life of Michaela. This scene should be gripping and terrifying, but it winds up falling completely flat thanks to the flat direction taken by Dante Ariola.

Arthur Newman is a wholesome parable at least in the regard that it tells the story with convincing performances and a touch of realism. However, this does not excuse the bland writing and extraordinarily brave premise made turned more into a pedestrian-piece of fiction. Seeing Firth go slumming could definitely be a great thing in the future, but he best choose to slum in places where there is a need for more than a willing actor.

Starring: Colin Firth and Emily Blunt. Directed by: Dante Ariola.

5 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: