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Alfie

Alfie

Charles Shyer (2004)

101min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The only thing worse than an over-hyped remake, is an over-hyped remake of an overrated original. The frankly slapdash 1966 film got by largely on the roguish charm of Michael Caine as the seducer of the title. Here, Jude Law takes on the role and, while he's effective as eye-candy, he seems to be struggling to believe his character could be such an unconvincing combination of connivance and dimness. With the action transposed to present-day New York, Alfie Mark II (a commitment-phobic limo driver) has his wicked way with a series of ladies before it begins to dawn on him that maybe an endless string of brief sexual encounters isn't what it's all about. A creaky effort has been made to update the original's post-pill, pre-feminism attitudes towards women, but the chatty hero - this version retains Alfie's straight-to-camera speeches - is still a bit of a loser.

Summary

A smooth-talking chauffeur employs his natural charm to enjoy a string of casual liaisons with a host of women - but as he tires of his bed-hopping antics, he struggles to work out what is missing from his life. Comedy drama remake, starring Jude Law, Sienna Miller, Susan Sarandon and Marisa Tomei.

Cast & Crew

Alfie Elkins Jude Law
Julie Marisa Tomei
Marlon Omar Epps
Lonette Nia Long
Dorie Jane Krakowski
Nikki Sienna Miller
Liz Susan Sarandon
Carol Tara Summers
Director Charles Shyer
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: UIP Guidance: Swearing, drug abuse and nudity. Available on: Available on video and DVD Released on: 22 Oct 2004

Drama

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