Director: Jason Winer
Stars: Russell Brand, Helen Mirren, Greta Gerwig, Jennifer Garner, Luis Guzman, Nick Nolte
Don’t get us wrong—in small doses, Russell Brand is quite funny. He’s an undeniable scene-stealer in the 2008 winner Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and in last year’s Get Him To The Greek, his more dramatic moments actually work better than his goofier ones. But as the star of the show? He’s the Canibus of modern-day Hollywood.
Marred by a completely unfunny and hackneyed script, Brand’s inadequacies are front and center in Arthur, a disposable remake of the favorable 1977 screwball comedy starring Dudley Moore. The flamboyant English livewire oversells every immature punch line and obnoxious sight gag, and when it comes to drama, he can barely keep a straight face, underselling all of Arthur’s lovey-dovey bits with miscast romantic interest Greta Gerwig.
It’s by no means a career-killer, yet Arthur is Brand’s launching pad into the land of perennial character actors.