1981 PG 1h 37m DVD


1981 PG 1h 37m DVD
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Charming but incessantly intoxicated multimillionaire Arthur Bach (Dudley Moore) stands on the brink of an arranged marriage to properly pedigreed heiress Susan Johnson (Jill Eikenberry), but his heart belongs to a working-class filcher (Liza Minnelli). When his family threatens to cut off Arthur's inheritance if he doesn't marry Susan, he asks loyal squire Hobson (John Gielgud, who chalked up an Oscar for his supporting role) to lend a hand.
Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, John Gielgud, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Jill Eikenberry, Stephen Elliott, Ted Ross, Barney Martin
Steve Gordon
Full Screen 1.33:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), French
French: Dolby Digital Mono, English: Dolby Digital Mono
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this popular '80s comedy turns time and again to comical drinking and drunkenness. Though some of it is played for pathos and sadness, the slurred-speech joviality and teetering gait is usually upbeat and funny. The title character, a multi-millionaire playboy, picks up prostitutes and is shown the next morning in bed with one (who speaks about incest in her history). There is some light swearing that doesn't go beyond the "s" word.

Sexual Content

Arthur drunkenly flirts with a couple of prostitutes and is shown the next day, non-explicitly naked, waking up in bed with one (she mentions that her father's raping her determined her path in life). Arthur jokes about sexually-transmitted diseases. His classy aunt speaks of Arthur's "erection" and promiscuity.


One threatened stabbing. Arthur gets beaten up.


"Dick," the s-word, "screw," "hell," "Goddamn it," "bastard," "asshole."

Social Behavior

Ultimate message is about growing up -- ironically, because Arthur is adult, but his money (and drinking) let him play and act more like a lad all his life. Side message seems to be that the working classes are nicer than the rich, but once in a while an eccentric like Arthur (and, to a lesser extent, Hobson) can cross over.


Mention of the "Simonizing" process, the NYC clothing store Bergdorf-Goodman, emblems of credit-card companies and florists. Mention of the video-game then-sensation Space Invaders.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Alcohol drinking by Arthur is regular and intense. When he's not drunk he's often drinking in order to get drunk or in the process of ordering more drinks (doubles preferably). Some other characters also drink -- a lot. Linda smokes cigarettes.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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