2006-03-30 12:55


Alfie Elkins (Jude Law) is a handsome, charming young Londoner who has moved to New York in search of two things - his fortune and a city full of beautiful women he can seduce.

When we meet him Alfie is working as a limousine driver, chauffeuring the wealthy through the streets of Manhattan, and occasionally making love to his lonely female clients in the backseat. Though he has his ambitions, he wants only enough to get by, his primary focus being the pleasures of life -- without any of the responsibilities.

What the critics are saying:

"On its own terms, it's funny at times and finally sad and sweet. Alfie learns that to lie to women is to lie to himself about them. Law's best scenes are when he doggedly tries to keep smiling as his lifestyle grows grim and depressing."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"Law tries hard to make his Alfie likable, but he's working against the orchestrations of the narrative and merely comes off as feeble, a one-dimensional Eurotrash jerk with outmoded ideas about women and troubles that don't amount to a hill of beans."
- Megan Lehmann, New York Post

"Unlike the 1966 British film about a carefree womanizer on which it is based, the new Alfie doesn't chase social significance, it just wants us to have a good time."
- Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

Three decades of social change have stripped this remake of the shock value that made the 1966 original so gleefully naughty, but Jude Law is a delight to watch and the update is undemanding and quite enjoyable.

Hans Rossouw 2006/12/05 9:17 PM
Oh no... What a waste of Jude Law's pretty face! Not at all like its predecessor and not a success on its own. Sometimes funny but not funny enough to hide a horrible ending... Luckily Jude is pretty:-)
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