It’s hard to envision what prompted Colin Firth and Emily Blunt to sign on to Dante Ariola’s ultra-slight sentimental dramedy. However, it really is great that they did, on the grounds that without them the motion picture would scarcely exist.
Firth plays Wallace Avery, a separated, moderately aged supervisor who’s had enough of his hopeless life. Deserting a sweetheart he doesn’t love (Anne Heche) and a high school child who won’t address him (a touching Lucas Hedges), he puts on a show to vanish.
In fact, he’s transformed himself into another person. As “Arthur Newman” (get it?), he sets out for Indiana, where he wants to end up distinctly a golf genius. In transit, he meets the delightful Michaela (Blunt), who has simply OD’d on hack syrup.