The 2011 comedy “Arthur” from Warner Bros. was directed by Jason Winer with the screenplay written by Peter Baynham, based on a story by Steve Gordon. Starring: Russell Brand, Helen Mirren, Greta Gerwig, Jennifer Garner, Luis Guzman, Geraldine James and Nick Nolte.
In the remake of the 1981 Oscar-winning comedy that starred Dudley Moore, the title character Arthur (Russell Brand) is a bit of a slacker, due to his family’s wealth and indulgence because he is the sole heir to the billon-dollar empire, Arthur has always been told what to do. As a result, he really has had no need to pursue any goal or focus on a career. He spends his time enjoying the playboy lifestyle, But the future of his lifestyle looks bleak unless is manages to marry Susan Johnson (Jennifer Garner), a well-to-do woman that his mother, Vivenne Bach (Geraldine James) has chosen for him. Otherwise Arthur will be cutoff from his inheritance.
His lifelong companion and caregiver Hobson (Helen Mirren) dutifully respects Arthur’s birthright of privlege, but does her best to steer Arthur to a more sensible way of living and takes every opportunity to impress upon him the need to contribute to society. Unfortunately, none of Hobson’s warnings strike a chord with Arthur; he simply wants to have fun.
Pressed into action, Arthur attempts to court Susan but finds that their ideas of life in general are totally opposite. But as fate would have it, on an excursion to Times Square, Arthur bumps into a young woman named Naomi (Greta Gerwig) and suddenly finds himself in love.
As Arthur begins to spend time with Naomi, he finds that not only do they share the same interests, but that she inspires him to do things, improve himself and even make plans for the future. Hobson notices the change in Arthur’s attitude and makes note of it when Vivenne Bach asks about the progress of Arthur’s courtship with Susan.
But Vivenne is completely set against the idea of Arthur marrying a woman who comes from an ordinary family; she is determined for Arthur to marry Susan Johnson or lose everything if he marries Naomi. Finding himself at risk of losing his fortune if he marries for love, Arthur feels confident that he can make his way on his own by finding a job. But his skills are minimum and after miserably failing at all his attempts, he turns to Hobson for help to make the right decision.