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Arthur Newman

Wallace Avery hates his job. His ex-wife and son hate him, and he has 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.

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Genre: Comedy / Drama
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Cast: Colin Firth, Emily Blunt, Anne Heche
Director: Dante Ariola
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Wallace Avery (Colin Firth) failed in everything from marriage to relationships with people and narrowly missed a shot of fame in golf. So he decides to stage his own death and take on a new identity as Arthur Newman, in an attempt to escape his fate. He then meets a young woman, Mick (Emily Blunt) who is also trying to leave her past behind.

The characters are from different backgrounds but they find out they share so much in common. Things got tough when they try to live with each other on the road, each struggling with trust and insecurity issues, and they eventually discover more things about themselves that they did not know about.

Firth has had some hit and misses in his resume and clearly this film is not one of his greatest work. Both Firth and Blunt's performance in this film are nothing to shout about, however they show great onscreen chemistry together, despite the lack of bonding before filming. They also somehow manage to deliver the individual essence of their characters.

"Arthur Newman" is director Dante Ariola's debut feature film. This is the man who has directed some major commercials like, Coca Cola, Nike and Lexus. Naturally, it will be assumed that his film would be as interesting and unconventional as his commercials. While the plot seems fresh and unique, it fails to satisfy the audience's anticipation.

The development of the plot was slow and draggy; its lack of direction makes the film confusing for the most parts and the only entertainment is from the familiar stars themselves. While it is supposed to be a comedy-drama, the comedy never came.

In conclusion, the plot holds a lot of potential for the film to be a great one, yet it fell flat and most of the scenes seem repetitive and boring to the audience. There is not much development or even a climax; it is merely two idealistic adults hopelessly trapped in their own world.

Cinema Online, 05 July 2013
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U - General viewing for all ages
P13 - Parental guidance is advisable for children below 13 years old
18 - For 18+ with elements for mature audiences
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