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.
If you don't have a life, get someone else's.
Did You Know?
There wasn't much rehearsal process while filming, as Firth claims they had all had a preconception of what a scene was for. See more
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
Congratulations, Mr. Avery. Putting you in the system, you're good to go. So by next week.
I, I can't wait 'til next week, I have business prospects elsewhere.
Oh, good for you, sir. Are you going to work at another FedEx?
Concerto Grosso In A Minor 3/8 1. Allegro
Composed by Antonio Vivaldi
Performed by Studio Musicians
Courtesy of 5 Alarm Music See more