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Arthur Review

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0.5

Dave White Profile

This is the best that you can do? Read full review

1.5

Grae Drake Profile

I'd rather balance my checkbook Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0
    36

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 20

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    In the end, it isn't so much that the New Arthur isn't the Old Arthur. Rather it's the anti-Arthur.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Despite his cockney-accented verbosity, Brand does not convey the effortless conviviality that Dudley Moore did in the part.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The new Arthur is a feathery screwball satire, competent on its own terms, yet as the movie went on I found it increasingly hard to separate the character's self-indulgence from that of the actor playing him.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Remake of classic romcom has little punch, lots of alcohol.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although this remake of the popular '80s comedy is occasionally funny and at times even oddly touching, it's also raunchy and not as memorable as the movie it was based on. Given that the main character, Arthur (Russell Brand), is an often-tipsy millionaire, expect plenty of scenes with him swigging from a bottle, glass, or flask. While there aren't many strongly negative consequences for his drinking, it's not portrayed in a particularly glamorous fashion, either, and he ultimately has to learn how to be comfortable with himself without the booze in order to attain his heart's desire. Expect plenty of sexual innuendo and some lingerie scenes, though no nudity. There's some swearing, too, including "s--t," "bugger," and "bloody."

  • Families can talk about the movie's central message. Does love trump money? Can they co-exist? Or is it impractical to think that you can live happily ever after without being able to afford "happily ever after"?
  • Talk to your teens about how the film portrays drinking. Does it seem fun or iffy? How does the movie imply that? What would some of the consequences for Arthur's behavior be in real life?
  • How might the movie be different if Arthur used drugs instead of drinking? Why is one "worse" than the other?
  • Ask kids what they think their lives would be like if they were raised like Arthur, in a mega-rich environment without responsibilities. What messages does this film send about immense wealth?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: Ultimately the movie's message is that money can't buy you happiness or love, and you can't get true love without growing up and cleaning up your act. That said, Arthur does start out by agreeing to marry a woman he doesn't love (or even like) just so he can keep his inheritance and wildly spend it on frivolous things. And, of course, there's his frequent drinking -- which, while not exactly glamorized, doesn't have particularly harsh consequences, either.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Yes, Arthur is a drunk. But he has a big heart and tries to show the people he cares for how much he appreciates them. And Naomi is really pure in spirit, teaching Arthur how to be comfortable with himself without resorting to the drink. Arthur's mother, however, can't seem to stand him; there's a softening toward the end, but she's still frosty.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: Arthur is manhandled by a woman. He’s also threatened with a table saw.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Lots of innuendo-laden talk. Early in the movie, Arthur is caught in bed with a barely dressed woman. Couples kiss, and one woman shows up at a man’s doorstep clad only in lingerie and an overcoat. A woman is shown astride a man (no body parts are shown). A man parades around the city in his knickers; he also strips down to them in a church. Jokes about body parts.

  • language false2

    Language: Mostly "bloody," "hell," "bugger," and "prick," though there are also a couple of uses of "s--t," plus "t-tties," "oh my God," and "goddamn."

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Brands include Maker's Mark (prominently), Sony, Jelly Belly, and Dylan's Candy Bar.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The main character is always soused (champagne, hard liquor, etc.); though he tries to attend an AA meeting at one point, he makes fun of it. He's also shown smoking a hookah.

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