Lord Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) is a roguish art dealer who occasionally dabbles in the seedier side of the business. He and his lovely wife Johanna (Gwyneth Paltrow), along with his trusty manservant/bodyguard Jock (Paul Bettany), live in a glorious mansion in the British countryside. Unfortunately, they can barely afford to continue living there, since Mortdecai owes millions in back taxes. Some help falls into his lap when longtime acquaintance Alistair Martland (Ewan McGregor), an inspector with MI-5, requires Mortdecai’s help. An art restorer was working on a valuable painting by the artist Goya when she was killed and the painting stolen. Martland needs Mortdecai to use his connections in the art underworld to find the Goya and return it to Her Majesty’s Government. Mortdecai reluctantly agrees, but on his own terms; terms that are set to benefit him more than MI-5.