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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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Dante Ariola

Writer:

Becky Johnston
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Firth ... Arthur Newman (Wallace Avery)
Emily Blunt ... Mike (Charlotte Fitzgerald)
Lucas Hedges ... Kevin Avery
Anne Heche ... Mina Crawley
M. Emmet Walsh ... Zazek
Kristin Lehman ... Mary Alice Wells
Phillip Troy Linger ... Fuller Wells
Devon Woods Devon Woods ... Janie Wells
Sterling Beaumon ... Grant Wells
Natalia Volkodaeva Natalia Volkodaeva ... Ludmila Hadley (as Natalie Volkodaeva)
Autumn Dial ... Charyl
Anthony Reynolds ... Park Ranger
Holden Hansen Holden Hansen ... Dying Man - Beauregard Tully
Ron Prather ... Detective #1
Jason Benjamin ... Cop
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 2013 (Kuwait) See more »

Also Known As:

Arthur Newman, Golf Pro See more »

Filming Locations:

Raleigh, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$112,788, 28 April 2013

Gross USA:

$207,853

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$747,140
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Blunt read the script three times, trying to decide if her character was crazy or not, eventually settling on "she was not crazy but was in a constant state of anxiety that she would become crazy." See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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

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Concerto Grosso In A Minor 3/8 1. Allegro
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not a great script
11 February 2014 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

I guess I can see why Colin Firth would be attracted to the role of a depressed American, but really, the script wasn't up to his level.

Firth and Emily Blunt star in "Arthur Newman," a 2012 film directed by Dante Ariola. Wallace Avery (Firth) is unhappy at his job as a floor manager. He's divorced, has a girlfriend (Anne Heche), and a young son who hates him. An excellent golfer, he didn't make it as a pro because of nerves. However, he helped a man with his slice, and as a result, has been offered the job of golf pro at a club in Terre Haute, Indiana. He fakes his death and takes off.

Along the way, he helps a young woman (Blunt) by taking her to the hospital. When she's better, she goes with him. Eventually, they become lovers. He finds out she's using a fake identity as well, running from a twin sister who is schizophrenic and may need her.

The two of them start to break into people's houses and take on their identities and make love in their beds.

This is a pretty boring, slow movie enlivened by the performances of the two leads. Along the way we learn something about the characters, but not enough to become truly invested in them. We just know they're miserable. We know Wallace's son hates him because he wasn't there for him, but we don't know why or what went on between them, or what happened with his ex-wife, and why his girlfriend is discontented.

It's sad because this could have been an amazing movie. It's about two people that learn what they love about each other and their value to those left behind. But it doesn't go into these facets deeply enough.

Both Firth and Blunt are excellent, trying to flesh out what's there. In the end, I was sympathetic to the characters but not really involved with them. It was sort of like giving street directions to two strangers and then wishing them luck.


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