Directed by: CHARLES SHYER
Produced by: CHARLES SHYER,
Starring: JUDE LAW, SUSAN SARANDON, MARISA TOMEI, SIENNA
Released by: Paramount
thoughtful and very much New York, Alfie bubbles
with solid performances and loads of panache.
and the City
Law Does Michael Caine Proud in this Sexy Romp
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.
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.