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Arthur Newman (2012)

R | | Drama | 13 June 2013 (Kuwait)
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A story of a man who fakes his own death and assumes a new identity in order to escape his life, who then moves in with a woman who is also trying to leave her past behind.

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Dante Ariola

Writer:

Becky Johnston
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Firth ... Arthur Newman (Wallace Avery)
Emily Blunt ... Mike (Charlotte Fitzgerald)
Lucas Hedges ... Kevin Avery
Anne Heche ... Mina Crawley
M. Emmet Walsh ... Zazek
Kristin Lehman ... Mary Alice Wells
Phillip Troy Linger ... Fuller Wells
Devon Woods Devon Woods ... Janie Wells
Sterling Beaumon ... Grant Wells
Natalia Volkodaeva ... Ludmila Hadley (as Natalie Volkodaeva)
Autumn Dial ... Charyl
Anthony Reynolds ... Park Ranger
Holden Hansen Holden Hansen ... Dying Man - Beauregard Tully
Ron Prather ... Detective #1
Jason Benjamin ... Cop
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Storyline

Wallace Avery hates his job. His ex-wife and son hate him, and he's blown his one shot at living his dream. Not wanting to face all this, he stages his own death and buys himself a new identity as Arthur Newman. However, Arthur's road trip towards anew life is interrupted by the arrival of the beautiful but fragile Mike, who is also trying to leave her past behind. Drawn to one another, these two damaged souls begin to connect as they break into empty homes and take on the identities of the absent owners: elderly newlyweds, a high-roller and his Russian lady, among others. Through this process, Arthur and Mike discover that what they love most about each other are the identities they left at home, and their real journey, that of healing, begins. Written by Becky Johnston

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Taglines:

If you don't have a life, get someone else's.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 2013 (Kuwait) See more »

Also Known As:

Arthur Newman, Golf Pro See more »

Filming Locations:

Raleigh, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

There wasn't much rehearsal process while filming, as Firth claims they had all had a preconception of what a scene was for. See more »

Goofs

The Watts Hospital shown at the end is in Durham, NC. However, it stopped being a hospital in 1976. Since 1980 it has been part of the NC School of Science and Mathematics. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Unemployment Official: Congratulations, Mr. Avery. Putting you in the system, you're good to go. So by next week.
Wallace Avery: I, I can't wait 'til next week, I have business prospects elsewhere.
Unemployment Official: Oh, good for you, sir. Are you going to work at another FedEx?
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Arthur Newman's obviously trying to be a new man!
24 July 2017 | by Reno-RanganSee all my reviews

I like this kind of films to watch occasionally. I am not talking about the story, but the type of comedy. Like two unusual characters go on a ride and each one set to rediscover themselves. This one was a bit more than that. It tells the story of a divorced man who is not happy with his life, so decides to fake his death and take up a new identity to live somewhere else. Then he meets a woman who is throwing up her life for nothing. Now these two join hands for an unexpected adventure to an unknown destination. Well, they head towards with an intention, but without the plan to accomplish in a way. Very fun, but not like loudly laughable or even with a little smile. You will get that while you watch it.

Both the British actors played the American role, but still with the British accent. They were good, I liked their combo, as well as the characters. The film was enjoyable, but something says it's not all well. It's not the production or the screenplay, or even the directional inexperience. It could be the thematic which was like from pre 60s or 70s. I bet you will remember the title 'Sullivan's Travels' and other similar. Basically, it is not comparable with others, but feels familiar with how everything was developed. So it is not for everyone, but some people might think it is very good. I stand in-between, but I don't know you are one of those, so why not try it and decide yourself.

6/10


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