|Grade: B+ | Genre:
Summary: Surprisingly, Alfie's annoying asides and the predictable storyline only mildly detract from this immensely enjoyable film. For this one brief moment, every ordinary guy can be transformed into the man every woman wants and every woman can feel the spark of sexual exhilaration charged from being with that guy who is completely wrong for her in all the right ways.
Starring: Jude Law, Marisa Tomei, Omar Epps, Nia Long, Sienna Miller & Susan Sarandon
Director: Charles Shyer
What is it about the womanizers that everyone loves? Every man wants a taste of that life (yes ladies especially your ultra-committed, domesticated man) and every woman finds them irresistibly intoxicating. It's grounded in the excitement of it all, to be free of life's strings that bind us down. To take on many loves without question or regret in order to live life to it's fullest in each moment. There is something incredibly innocent and naive about it, living life purely based on the whim of human desire. Hardly any of us would actually try it because, well, we have a conscious realizing how ruthless selfishness affect those who place their trust in us. And, to be honest, few of us are blessed with the good looks, cunning and charm to pull it off. I guess that is why we love to live vicariously through these characters.
Alfie (Jude Law) could give 007 a run for his money when it comes to the fairer sex. He is suave with his ultra-designer suits, devilish smile and impeccable charm that ooze all over every woman in his path. The fact that he is a Brit in Manhattan certainly doesn't hurt his sex appeal. Like all true womanizers, Alfie abandoned his nagging conscious long ago. He takes advantage of Alice (Marisa Tomei), a single mom who he sees as a warm bed and a stable night's screw. He dabbles in commitment with the fine as hell, chain smoking, manic-depressive Nikki (played by Law's fiancee Sienna Miller) only to kick her to the curb when he can't stand the itch any longer. He puts a pool table to good use with his best friend's recently departed woman (a sizzling Nia Long) in an effort to push her back into his arms. At least that's what he tells himself to stay balanced on this precarious moral wire he's suspended on. Alfie is so hopelessly self-absorbed. He has no concept of the litter of hearts that he leaves in his wake. It's just not something he can concern himself with.