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Genre: Comedy
Rated: R
Directed by
Released by: Paramount Pictures

In Short: Humorous, thoughtful and very much New York, Alfie bubbles with solid performances and loads of panache.

Alfie and the City
Jude Law Does Michael Caine Proud in this Sexy Romp
By Cherie Saunders

A British playboy in New York gets caught in his own web of womanizing in this remake of the 1966 Michael Caine classic. Alfie Elkins (Jude Law) is a handsome man about town who enjoys wooing the ladies. His conquests include Julie (Marisa Tomei), a single mom; Liz (Susan Sarandon), a sexy socialite; and Lonette (Nia Long), the girlfriend of his best buddy Marlon (Omar Epps).

The Manhattan bachelor earns a living as a limousine driver, but during his off time, he zips around town on a motor scooter visiting his stable of women while successfully avoiding emotional attachment. His perfect world starts to unravel upon news that he has gotten one of his ladies pregnant. A sudden health scare staggers him a bit, but rejection from a mistress who prefers a younger man sends the one-time charmer down a path of isolation and loneliness.

Law gives another sparkling performance in this breezy-styled romp throughout New York City. Director Charles Shyer moves briskly with stylish editing that accents a lively ensemble cast. Alfie looks directly into the camera to offer insight and asides about his bedmates, a usually-annoying gimmick that actually works here as a perfect compliment to his brash personality. Toward the end, however, Alfie’s to-the-camera musings become unnecessarily preachy.

For Law, this follow-up to recent lead roles in I Heart Huckabees and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, further cements him as a true Hollywood star. Humorous, thoughtful and very much New York, Alfie bubbles with solid performances and loads of panache

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