Arthur 2: On the Rocks
|Arthur 2: On the Rocks|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Bud Yorkin|
|Produced by||Robert Shapiro
|Written by||Andy Breckman|
by Steve Gordon
|Music by||Burt Bacharach|
|Cinematography||Stephen H. Burum|
|Editing by||Michael Kahn|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Running time||113 minutes|
The film co-stars Kathy Bates as a woman who helps the characters of Arthur and Linda adopt a baby. Stephen Elliott reprises his role from the first film, but his daughter, Jill Eikenberry originally, is now played by Cynthia Sikes.
Arthur Bach (Dudley Moore) is still rich and still drinks too much, but he and Linda (Liza Minnelli) are now happily married. The one thing missing in their life is a child. Seeking revenge, billionaire Bert Johnson (Stephen Elliott), the father of Susan Johnson (Cynthia Sikes), the wealthy woman whom Arthur jilted at the altar, takes control of Arthur's inheritance, leaving Arthur broke and homeless. Susan wants him back and is willing to break up Arthur's marriage if that's what it takes.
Arthur tries to sober up to rise up to the occasion and find a job, knowing his financial plight could ruin any chance he and Linda have of adopting a baby. Linda assures a representative from the adoption agency that, despite his drinking, Arthur would make a good father. Through an elaborate scheme, Arthur plots to get even with the Johnsons and get his money back. In the end, he not only is able to get his money back and adopt a child, but Linda discovers that she's pregnant.
On the Rocks received generally negative reviews from critics and holds a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 13%.The Washington Post opined that "the result is about as funny as the plight of an alcoholic."
The film was not a box office success; it earned $14.7 million in American ticket sales, compared to the original film's $82 million.