Theatrical Release: April 8, 2011


Irresponsible charmer Arthur Bach (Russell Brand) has always relied on two things to get by: his limitless fortune and the good sense of lifelong nanny Hobson (Helen Mirren) to keep him out of trouble. Now he faces his biggest challenge–choosing between an arranged marriage that will ensure his lavish lifestyle or an uncertain future with the one thing money can’t buy, Naomi (Greta Gerwig), the only woman he has ever loved. With Naomi’s inspiration and some unconventional help from Hobson, Arthur will take the most expensive risk of his life and finally learn what it means to become a man, in this re-imagining of the classic romantic comedy “Arthur.”

Dove Review

It’s not that this movie doesn’t have a few good moments. It does. When charmer Arthur Bach (Russell Brand) dresses up as Batman and Robin along with his personal driver Bitterman (Luis Guzman) it is difficult not to laugh at the absurdity of it all. Bach has always been spoiled while having access to plenty of money and he hasn’t worked a day in his life. But when Bach’s mother, Vivienne (Geraldine James), tells him he must pursue businesswoman Susan Johnson (Jennifer Garner) or be cut off, it becomes a vexing situation when he meets a young woman named Naomi (Greta Gerwig) and falls for her. It is a nice theme which is portrayed, the theme of following one’s heart.

However, the movie is saturated with sexual dialog and innuendos, not to mention a drinking scene it seems almost every few seconds, as well as strong language, and therefore we are unable to award the film our Dove Seal. Why not watch the family film “Soul Surfer” this weekend, which has received our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal?

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Passionate kissing; a comment about a statue needing testicles; a sexually themed painting is seen; innuendos and sexual dialog; implied sex between an unmarried couple.
Language: GD-1; G/OMG-8; J-2; S-2; H-3; B-1; Bollocks-1; Buggers-2; Slang about washing one's privates-1; Slang for male genitalia-5; Slang for breasts-1
Violence: A man is accidentally shot with a construction nail gun and a little blood is seen; a character is seen with a bloody lip after a woman punches him; a man is punched by a man with boxing gloves; a man falls down some steps; a woman hits a man with a riding whip; a man says he ran over his mom while he was drunk.
Drugs: A lot of drinking scenes including champagne and vodka; a man mentions he sold some of his stuff to buy some "junk"; "meth" and "crack" comments.
Nudity: Shirtless man; man seen in boxers; woman in shirt and panties; cleavage; lingerie; blur seen over man's apparently naked crotch.
Other: Disrespect shown by some characters as well as a bad attitude; a comment about President Obama being a "coffee-colored gentleman".


Company: Warner Brothers
Writer: Peter Baynham & Steve Gordon
Director: Jason Winer
Producer: Chris Bender
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 110 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter