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Arthur Newman (2012)

R  |   |  Drama  |  13 June 2013 (Kuwait)
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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.

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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

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

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

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[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?
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Dreadfully Boring
13 October 2013 | by (Quezon City, Philippines) – See all my reviews

"Arthur Newman" is the new name taken by down-in-the-dumps guy Wallace Avery, who was divorced, estranged from his son and trapped in a dead-end job. He faked his own death and created for himself this fictitious persona, hoping to recapture his spark for life as a golf pro somewhere in middle America.

Along his way, he meets another depressed soul in the person of a quirky young woman named Mike. They hook up, and drive aimlessly around. They stalk couples who go on vacation, break in and live in their abandoned houses. Until one day comes, and they realize the uselessness of what they were doing.

It is sad for me to write that a movie starring very talented and likable stars like Colin Firth and Emily Blunt had actually been a dreadful bore. The characters these two play have absolutely nothing good nor charming in them for the audience to root for, or even simply to like. There is nothing to care about them.

Overall, this movie is an insipid waste of time. This film will be forgotten immediately after you have seen it. The combination of Firth and Blunt may have sounded exciting on paper. However, no amount of talent or charisma of these two stars can save the bleakness and wretchedness of the script.


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