Diluted rehash falls flat
TO date Russell Brand’s stand-up comedy talents haven’t translated with great success to the motion picture game – a sublime cameo performance in Forgetting Sarah Marshall notwithstanding. Here the British comedian is given the job of resurrecting the role Dudley Moore made famous in a remake of the early 1980s comedy about a lovable billionaire drunkard who falls in love with a ‘‘ commoner’’ much to the chagrin of his society-obsessed mother who has arranged a marriage of convenience with a go-getting career woman ( Jennifer Garner). While it’s never any great shakes in the comedy department it has plenty of heart. Helen Mirren as Arthur’s sharp-witted nanny and Greta Gerwig as his chief love interest prove likeable and Brand’s shtick ensures some of the goofballing sticks, but it’s hard to joke your way out of a pedestrian comedy. Extras: ½ Gag reel and additional scenes package, plus a featurette where Brand and director Jason Winer expose a bunch of tidbits that didn’t make the movie.