Colin Firth and Emily Blunt casted as as misfits 2014

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This article titled “Arthur and Mike review – Colin Firth in below-par identity-switch drama” was written by Mark Kermode, Observer film critic, for The Observer on Saturday 28th June 2014 23.09 UTC

The casting of Colin Firth and Emily Blunt as misfits united by a role-playing fetish sounds flimsily, flirtily promising. Sadly, the results (which debuted in Toronto back in 2012) are completely disposable, as Firth’s divorced dad pulls a Reggie Perrin identity switch, and teams up with Blunt’s glamorously overdosing waif. On the run from their respective pasts, the odd couple head off in search of his under-par dreams, stopping en route to have break-in sex with falsely assumed identities and underwear. For a while, the leads make the most of it – Firth all bumbling Englishness (despite a wobbly American accent) and Blunt alternately stroppy, pouty and needy. But fun turns to fatuousness as the past rears its messy head, leaving the movie to wrestle clumsily with estranged sons, schizophrenic twins, and a frankly inexplicable Anne Heche.

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