Arthur | Chicago Reader


Rated PG-13 110 minutes 2011

The puerile Dudley Moore comedy from 1981, about a poor little rich boy on a perpetual bender, has been turned into a vehicle for the tight-trousered, impossibly beautiful British comedian Russell Brand. His snotty, improvised quips are good for a few laughs, though three decades of skyrocketing income inequality have soured the comedy of Arthur's astronomically expensive self-indulgences. (They don't seem far removed from things you actually read about now.) The spoiled heir falls in love with a working-class woman (Greta Gerwig, all legs) and must choose between her and his wealth; as in the original, this conflict turns out to be a tease and Arthur gets to have his cake and eat it too. Improv Olympic alumnus Jason Winer directed; with Jennifer Garner, Luis Guzman, Nick Nolte, and Helen Mirren, inheriting the John Gielgud role as Arthur's long-suffering servant.

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Director: Jason Winer

Producer: Larry Brezner, Kevin McCormick, Chris Bender, Michael Tadross, Scott Kroopf, J.C. Spink, Russell Brand and Nik Linnen

Cast: Russell Brand, Helen Mirren, Jennifer Garner, Greta Gerwig, Luis Guzmán, Nick Nolte, Geraldine James, Christina Calph, José Ramón Rosario, John Hodgman, Scott Adsit, Evander Holyfield, Peter Van Wagner, Robert Clohessy and Ed Herbstman

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