Arthur (1981) - Comedy, Romance

Hohum Score

3

Breathtaking

Arthur spends his time with booze and whores. His dad has a wife lined up for him that he keeps rejecting - until it's her or being cut off from $750,000,000. Then he goes shopping where he falls in love with a shoplifter.

IMDB: 6.9
Director: Steve Gordon
Stars: Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli
Length: 97 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 11 out of 119 found boring (9.24%)

One-line Reviews (27)

Now, i will not deny that the 2011 remake was what brought me here, and also that i thoroughly enjoyed it.

But the most Gordon gins up this way is a contrived situation where Arthur is being pressured to marry a woman whose father is set up as some kind of homicidal tycoon with a criminal reputation.

Alas, it was not to be, and "Arthur" virtually stands alone, as a brief island of hope, in a sea of the vulgar, pretentious, vapid, and peurile.

It's a little sappy, very predictable, and it's characters are pretty easy to dissect on the base level.

This aside, the movie is only entertaining in brief little moments.

The screenplay bursts with wit,charm,humor and tenderness,the cinematograpy is breathtaking(NYC never looked so beautiful),and of course there is the cast!

The perhaps cliched, perhaps predictable rich man-poor girl plot still works.

I never laughed once, and I became bored less than halfway through the movie.

So they are forcing him to marry who he thinks is the most boring person in the world, Susan.

Over all, it's a pretty enjoyable romantic comedy with a couple of decent performances.

Surprisingly entertaining.

It's a very poor showing of resolution and worse yet, it's still extremely predictable.

He makes a genuinely tiresome character seem fresh and funny at all times, and his drunken state is expertly well acted.

But overall, it is a funny and enjoyable movie.

I have to admit that even though the climax was somewhat predictable and not all of this worked for me, it did leave me with a smile on my face at the end.

God rest Dudley Moore; this was such an enjoyable movie.

The third act kind of jumps around a bit once Arthur tries to become a better person but it just leaves the audience in a state of confusion --- is he doing this or is he doing this?

)The aging butler played by Gielgud is more nuanced and funny than the cliché of the English butler in so many movies.

But, the pacing is a bit slow.

The story while slow to start with was enough to grip me, and the performances are great.

The only one worth watching here is Gielgud in his Oscar-winning performance as Arthur's wise-cracking butler.

Still entertaining...

He spends his days taking hot baths in a bathtub big enough for an elephant as well as driving around town living an exciting and carefree life.

Instead, you get a long, dreary tale in two parts, one a tragedy of a friendship cut short by death, the other a rom-com between the title character and a perky shoplifter who doesn't mind Arthur's alcoholic foibles given the nine-figure nest egg involved.

I bought the DVD a few weeks ago and watched it, despite the passage of nearly 27 years it's still as enjoyable as it ever was Liza Minnelli's role as the love interest was fascinating the chemistry between the two was magic.

Except Dudley Moore, who looks genuinely drunk throughout, but that idea falls down, because drunks are boring, and Dud is fun.

Steve Gordon's Writing is solid, at most places and offers some really entertaining & interesting moments.