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100 Funniest Movies (Part 21 ~ # 4)
# 4 ~~~ Arthur
Arthur ~~~ 1981
Before the film even begins the music starts and Christopher Cross chimes in, "Once in your life, you find her, someone who turns your heart around..." and that is really it for me. Bliss in an instant. A wonderful place that can take me away for two hours. It is Arthur himself who can cheer me up and (snort) 'turn my heart around,' as it were. When I had pneumonia earlier this year and thought I was gonna die, it was so funny how my wife knew exactly how to cheer me up without me even asking for it. You got it! An "Arthur" double feature. I actually do enjoy the sequel quite a bit too. (IOL) But never mind that now.
The tagline is: "Not everyone who drinks is a poet, some of us drink because we're not poets." Well, Arthur your excuses are no good here. Stay drunk and funny and by the way, your laughter is poetry. That laugh is the first thing we hear too.
Obviously, you picked up on the sentimental vibe that I have for this film but make no mistake. This movie has some of the funniest lines ever written in it but if it isn't in Dudley Moore's drunken cadence it won't have the same effect so don't worry about me spoiling anything. But in case you just lost faith in all reviewers because of how much they give away, (we all have) don't worry these lines are just as funny on the 20th viewing.
But let's examine the opening, shall we?
- Choosing a prostitute and giving $100 to the other girl because she came in 2nd place. "Bitterman take us through the park. You know how much I love the park."
- He falls out of the limo and laughs so hard that we truly believe in that moment that laughter truly is contagious / infectious cause we die laughing with him. In fact, at one point he bursts into laughter, then explains that "sometimes I even think funny things."
- Princess Gloria, the first place hooker's introduction to Arthur's relatives-ROFL. then Gloria wants to know what he does. And I quote: "I race cars. I play tennis. I fondle women, but I have the weekends off and I am my own boss." and we also hear the time-old phrase "Isn't this fun? Don't you wish you were me? I know I do."
If you are familiar with me as a person then you probably see the similarities between Arthur and I. Too bad I don't have $750 Million Dollars. But like Arthur, I wouldn't trade up even if I did for my wife Paula. She's "everything at the same time" for me.
Bottom line: This is the greatest "Cheer You Up" kinda movie ever!
The music is so great too. Dudley Moore plays an amazing medley on the piano immediately following a wedding band version of Chic's "Good Times" that I wish i could get on vinyl.
Here's The Sequel>>> Arthur 2: On The Rocks
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