British comedian Russell Brand takes on the character that Dudley Moore so wonderfully played in the original 1981 film. He plays Arthur Bach, an alcoholic billionaire who irresponsibly floats through life in a drunken haze.
Taking care of his every need is nanny Hobson (Helen Mirren). Dignified John Gielgud played Arthur's butler Hobson in the Moore film, but, he was stern and unemotional. Mirren's Hobson was Arthur's nanny as a child and she just never left - perhaps because he never grew up.
Never far from a booze bottle or a party setting, Arthur gets a wake up call from his mother. The family empire has had enough of his embarrassing behavior and she threatens to cut him off from his fortune unless he marries and settles down. The woman selected to tame him is Susan (Jennifer Garner), a corporate executive who can keep him in line.
Susan is wealthy in her own right, but she wants the respectability that Arthur's family fortune would give her. Arthur has plans of his own however, as he's fallen for Naomi (Greta Gerwig - the role that Liza Minnelli originated), a poor New York tour guide. For once in his life, Arthur has found something worthwhile to fight for.
Director Jason Winer put together a good cast, and Russell Brand is up to the job of starring role. But it just seems like this is a remake that we don't need. It may be that the country has changed its perspective about wacky drunks in public (we seem to be bombarded with their antics on T.V. nightly). Brand lacks the charm of Moore and perhaps its just not funny watching an adult acting like a fool anymore.