Parents' Guide to

Arthur

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

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

Movie PG-13 2011 105 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 14+

A Rich guy who wants to be poor?

The film Itself had a wonderful plot.. Besides the Drug use and the sexual references.. This Film is a great Choice for mature teenagers 14 and up.. On the other hand, This film is Not intended for younger viewer due to some Mature suggestive content.. Otherwise, Parents should use judgement before letting their young children watch this film..
age 13+

Correction!

This is an awesome movie! You know I always get mad when I take my kids to watch a movie and there are sex and nudity scenes and I searched for review and it fails to mention that....this movie I am reading about all the sex! I see none! They mention it but you see no sex or hear sex! Where in the work are you people seeing this! I was impressed with the lack of cuss words and lack of sex! Awesome movie!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (21 ):

Though no one will be talking about how this version of ARTHUR has supplanted the Dudley Moore classic, it's not as big of a train-wreck as it could have been. For starters, it retains the original's sweet center, albeit with a lot more schmaltz (not to mention strains of the cheesy but nostalgically appealing Christopher Cross theme song). And though Brand is no Moore, he has his own gentle-giant charm that makes his irresponsible alcoholic still somewhat appealing. What makes it work best, though, is Brand's easy chemistry with Mirren. It's astounding how plain the stunning Mirren can become, and she steps into those practical nanny shoes nicely. She's the mother he never quite had; he, her unruly child surrogate.

Still, this Arthur has no edge (profane innuendoes aren't substitutes for edge). It doesn't break any conventions; it doesn't make you think. It is pretty funny in parts, but it's an unclever kind of funny. And what of New York, which the original did showcase? It's not seductive here, but rather a pastiche of NYC greatest hits that renders the city soul-less, no longer caught near the moon. It's just another romcom now.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: April 8, 2011
  • On DVD or streaming: July 15, 2011
  • Cast: Helen Mirren , Jennifer Garner , Russell Brand
  • Director: Jason Winer
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 105 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: alcohol use throughout, sexual content, language and some drug references
  • Last updated: October 8, 2022

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