Scott Marks 2:48 p.m., May 23
Russell Brand plays the loveable drunk made profitably famous by Dudley Moore. Helen Mirren is his nanny, with a snarky crust that falls short of John Gielgud’s Hobson in the 1981 film. Brand lifts his voice to boyish, even girlish heights as the boozing playboy who seeks to avoid union with a cold heiress (Jennifer Garner) so he can bestow his millions on a regular gal (Greta Gerwig). We get tinny one-liners, dumb setups, larky alcoholism, and wallowing in wealth. Also, a dud cameo by boxer Evander Holyfield, Nick Nolte gargling his role as a he-man plutocrat, and Mirren lobbing witticisms like “Wash your winky.” 2011.
— David Elliott
- Rated PG-13 | 1 hour, 50 minutes
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