The world's richest tipsy wit is living in grand style with former waitress Linda as his wife. The two are thinking of starting a family, but the father of his ex-fiancee hatches a plot to leave Arthur penniless. Now, will... more » Arthur have to take a job?« less
"In 1982,the late Dudley Moore won a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Arthur Bach in the first film. Much of his fellow cast members returned for the sequel. One who didn't was Jill Eikenberry who played Susan Johnson in the first film. Eikenberry,at the time this film was made,was a cast member of the NBC legal drama L.A. LAW. She was unable to reprise the role so Cynthia Sikes filled Eikenberry's shoes. Arthur and Linda(Liza Minnelli) are now married and Arthur lost his mega-fortunes to Susan Johnson's father(Stephen Elliott). Elliott did appear in the first film. One day,Arthur ran into Susan's father while he(the father) was hunting. Arthur is promised his money back on the condition that he divorces Linda and marries Susan. Arthur and Susan almost got married in the first film but Arthur confessed his love for Linda to Susan at the very last minute. At this point,Arthur no longer cared for the money. All he cared about was Linda. Arthur was relentlessly seeking employment and in one scene when he was on his way out,in came Mrs. Canby(Kathy Bates) who runs an employment agency. Arthur was also concentrating on giving up booze. Arthur did find employment as a sales associate at a hardware store but was fired after his first shift. The new owner of the business elected to terminate Arthur,not his/her predecessor. Again,Susan's father is angry because Arthur remained with his loyal wife. Susan,an art gallery owner,forgave Arthur for dumping her in the first film. Susan didn't seem to be upset about Arthur remaining with Linda. In the last scene,Arthur is back in the money. How I love those happy endings! The out-of-print movie soundtrack includes Kylie Minogue's cover of the 1962 Little Eva hit LOCOMOTION. In the scene where Arthur's grandmother(Geraldine Fitzgerald) meets with her personal fitness trainer,she watches him moving around while she sips her tea. Fitzgerald did appear in the first film also. LOCOMOTION also appeared on Minogue's 1988 Geffen Records album,KYLIE. The song was on hit parade in the summer of 1988,during the heatwave of the 20th century. This film was not as successful as the first,so that's why there were no further sequels."
Kristina | Florida | 12/20/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm not sure what everyone is talking about. I thought that this movie was great. For the one who gave a synopsis that Arthur and Linda weren't happily married didn't watch the movie. That was not the case at all. This movie has all the same characters including Burt Johnson, Arthurs fiance from the original's father. Burt Johnson is still continually trying to get Arthur to marry Susan. He makes it so Arthur looses his all of his money. Arthur and Linda continually try to find an place to live..Burt gets them thrown out. Arthur tries to get a job...he gets fired because of Burt Johnson. Susan confronts Linda and Linda realizes that they are not going to give up, so Linda gives up fighting for her and Arthur. I love this movie. Sometime I think that I like it more then the original because it's a more believable story then the original. Its more "down to earth" I would recommend this to anyone."
A sorry followup to a screen classic
Movie Mania | Southern Calfornia | 12/07/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This is a truly unfunny followup to the classic Arthur. Arthur and Linda are married, unfortunately not happily married. They want to adopt a baby but first Arthur must sober up. Even a visit by Hobson's ghost (Gielguld) cannot bring life into this uninspired sequel.
The original writer and director Steve Gordon died shortly after the original was released and it is obvious that it is missing his touch.
Don't waste your time or money on this one. Watch the original!"
Movie Mania | 09/29/1999
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This was a movie that should not have been made. Arthur's behavior in the first flick was amusing. Here it becomes increasingly tiresome, and you begin to question his wife's sanity at putting up with it. The cast tries (Liza looks great), and it's lushly produced, but they should have better left alone. Gielgud is wasted, although he does get the film's best line."
Arthur2-on the rocks
Mark J Williams | Keswick, Ontario Canada | 10/21/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I wish this movie would come in DVD format, know that just about every other movie is!"