Recasting the 1981 comedy classic starring Dudley Moore, this romantic chuckler chronicles the dilemma faced by philanderer Arthur Bach (Russell Brand) — whether to give up a respectable life and an inheritance of millions for the sake of romance. Jennifer Garner co-stars as Susan Johnson, the gorgeous socialite that Arthur’s family has chosen for him. Greta Gerwig plays Naomi, the girl who steals Arthur’s heart in the meantime.
Rating: 7 out of 10
I can’t imagine a world where if I was a poor woman scraping money together to pay for a one bedroom apartment in Queens where I lived with my sick father, and a billionaire offered me a million dollars as a “sorry I lied to you,” and I wouldn’t take it. I know we’re all supposed to pretend we are above money and that integrity is more important, but come on.
This wasn’t the only false part of the Russell Brand reboot of “Arthur,” but I have to admit, I didn’t hate it like I thought I was going to. It is too sad to really be a comedy and too silly to really be a drama, but I found Brand and his nanny, played by Helen Mirren, to be a great team and enjoyed his antics and seeing some beautiful New York scenery.
I saw the original Dudley Moore version but I was a kid and don’t really remember it — actually maybe I only saw part two. Either way, I did think a few times that Brand was trying to imitate Moore, but then I found out that they are from the same area of England. So maybe they just sound the same when they are pretending to be drunk.