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.
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- Steve Gordon
- 1982 BAFTA®
- Best Supporting Actor nominee: John Gielgud
- 1982 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy)
- Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy)
- Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
- Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) nominee
- Top 100 Laughs
PGParental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.
Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral), FrenchClosed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
French: Dolby Digital Mono, English: Dolby Digital MonoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
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 kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it