This Friday sees the release of Arthur, starring Russell Brand and Helen Mirren.
An English playboy living in America, Arthur stands to receive a $950 million inheritance – as long as he marries heiress Susan Johnson, played by Jennifer Garner. Unfortunately, he’s fallen for the charms of a tour guide, played by Greta Gerwig – forcing him to make the choice between love and money.
With this in mind, we’ve decided to take a look at a few other films which have seen British characters at large in the United States. Here are are few of our favourites…
This 2008 comedy-drama came from American writer and director, David Koepp, and was set in New York - but in the lead role was Britain's own Ricky Gervais. Gervais played a dentist who can see and talk to ghosts; speaking of his role in the film, he reportedly stated: "Just what America wants: a fat, British, middle-aged comedian trying to be a semi-romantic lead."
This 2005 action film was based on the story of Domino Harvey, the English daughter of actor Laurence Harvey, who gave up work as a model to pursue a career as a bounty hunter in Los Angeles. The role of Domino was playing by oh-so-British actress Keira Knightley, whose character made some great across-the-pond comparisons, with lines such as, "If you think America is dirtbag central, clearly you've never been to the skeeze nation of our queen mother".
Hannah and her Sisters
This Woody Allen classic features an almost all-American ensemble cast, including the likes of Mia Farrow, Carrie Fisher, Richard Jenkins, Barbara Hershey and Dianne Wiest. However, taking on one of the lead roles, of a man who falls in love with his ex-wife's sister is classic British actor Michael Caine. When Caine first appeared in American cinema, audiences had trouble deciphering his cockney accent.
Mickey Blue Eyes
Super-British Brit Hugh Grant finds himself caught up in a money laundering scam, orchestrated by his American girlfriend's Mafia family. James Caan (not THAT James Caan) stars as a gangster who tries to educate Grant in the ways of the gang, including attempting to ditch the accent for a convincing "Hey, fuggeddabout it!"
The Adjustment Bureau
This year's romantic science fiction thriller was loosely based on the short story, Adjustment Team, by Philip K. Dick. Matt Damon plays a politician running for the United States Senate, who begins a romance with a delicate ballerina, played by none other than English rose, Emily Blunt.
Get Him to the Greek
It's another case of Mr. Brand playing an Englishman in New York, as he reprises the Forgetting Sarah Marshall character of Aldous Snow for this 2010 comedy. Record company intern Aaron Green, played by Jonah Hill, has the difficult job of collecting raucous rock star Snow from London, and escorting him to the Greek Theatre in LA in time for an important performance.
Gone in 60 Seconds
Christopher Eccleston plays a British crime boss in this 2000 action film, with another all-American cast that features the likes of Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie, and Robert Duvall. Also, offering a bit of Brit-support in this film's car-stealing shenanigans is ex-footballer turned actor, Vinnie Jones.
This 1996 sci-fi comedy features a fictional US President addressing the American people about a first meeting with Martian aliens. He is watched by news anchors in New York, guests at a Las Vegas hotel, and a trailer trash family in Perkinsville, Kansas, while the meeting itself takes place in Pahrump, Nevada. In the middle of all this, however, Pierce Brosnan pops up as a British anatomy professor, who attempts to explain the Martians' subsequent invasion...
It's another case of alien invasion (well, sort of), in this year's sci-fi comedy, Paul. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reunite as English comic book nerds and best friends, who travel to the US to attend the annual San Diego Comic-Con convention - only to be confronted with an alien just outside the infamous Area 51.
And, of course, there's the original Arthur, released in 1981, and starring English actor Dudley Moore. Although this version supposedly features the character of Arthur as a New York City playboy, there's no disguising that Dagenham accent throughout most of this film. Will Brand's interpretation match up to the performance which earned Moore an Oscar nomination? We'll just have to wait and find out!