Arthur 2: On the Rocks (1988)

PG   |    |  Comedy, Romance

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Arthur loses all of his money, and his wife wants a baby.



  • Arthur 2: On the Rocks (1988)
  • Arthur 2: On the Rocks (1988)
  • Arthur 2: On the Rocks (1988)
  • Arthur 2: On the Rocks (1988)
  • Arthur 2: On the Rocks (1988)
  • Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli in Arthur 2: On the Rocks (1988)

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16 April 2011 | TheLittleSongbird
| Not as good as the first, but better than its reputation
The first Arthur is a very funny and very charming movie, if not quite classic status. This sequel gets a lot of flack, and while it is inferior it is better than its dubious reputation. I agree the plot is rather weak this time around, complete with a very predictable ending. Some of the script and jokes are hit and miss, the jokes about the drunkeness of Arthur were better than the ones about the rehabilitation, and the pace slackens in the second half. John Gielgud does do with what he can, which is still very enjoyable, but his material isn't as acidic or as droll, which was a disappointment seeing as that made his performance in the original even more enjoyable. However, there are many entertaining parts to make up for the misses as well as some touching parts with Arthur and Hobson, the film still looks great, and if I noticed two improvements I'd say Arthur is more likable here with some fun one-liners and the first half is slicker than that of the first's. The performances are fine, Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli show good chemistry and are fun to watch, and John Gielgud and Kathy Bates do what they can. All in all, a decent sequel and better than it's made out to be. 6/10 Bethany Cox

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