One way to describe “The Longest Week” is that it is what the 1981 comedy hit, “Arthur,” would have looked like had it instead been directed and written by French new wave director, Jean Luc Godard. Indeed, there are moments in The Longest Week, when one might think one were watching a French film from the 1960’s. And why was the director of The Longest Week imitating a decades old French New Wave look? I don't know; it didn't seem to enhance the film's story. Unlike "Arthur" (whose main character was also a middle-aged immature inebriated heir living in NYC], which was a broad comedy; “The Longest Week”, while having some wry humor, tries to attract us with the intellectual, both in the film's dialogue and in it's lengthy narration. For my money there is too much “tell” in this movie and not enough “show.” Whereas in Arthur, Dudley Moore’s character revealed his neuroticism in attention-getting behavior, in The Longest Week, Jason Bateman’s character, by contrast, seems mostly detached and his behavior indicates he doesn't care much about anything or anyone. I don't regret having watched The Longest Week but it could have been a lot better.