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Arthur Newman (2012)

R | | Drama | 13 June 2013 (Kuwait)
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Arthur Newman is a movie starring Colin Firth, Emily Blunt, and Anne Heche. 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Arthur Newman (Wallace Avery)
... Mike (Charlotte Fitzgerald)
... Kevin Avery
... Mina Crawley
... Zazek
... Mary Alice Wells
... Fuller Wells
Devon Woods ... Janie Wells
... Grant Wells
... Ludmila Hadley (as Natalie Volkodaeva)
... Charyl
... Park Ranger
Holden Hansen ... Dying Man - Beauregard Tully
... Detective #1
... Cop
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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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Arthur Newman, Golf Pro  »

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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 »

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 »

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

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Written and Performed by Brett Boyett
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Terre Not Quite So Haute
30 April 2013 | by See all my reviews

This road movie, featuring solid performances from its main players, doesn't seem to know where it's going. While "Arthur Newman" presents many quirky or compelling tableaux, I was rather frustrated by the filmmaker's (Dante Ariola) detours and dead ends. Or perhaps it was writer Becky Johnston's tepid story that ran out of fuel.

Frankly, I didn't care one way or another if the main characters ever resolved their respective conflicts, and after the first thirty minutes I felt like I was simply watching the same scene over and over again, like an endless roundabout. I was so uninvolved in the relationship(s) that it felt like nothing of any real substance was truly at stake or on the line.


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