Di­luted re­hash falls flat

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Dvds -

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.

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