In this remake of the film that made Michael Caine famous, a cockney limousine driver (Jude Law) in present-day New York City breaks the heart of every woman he meets, except one. The irresistible and womanizing Alfie has one goal in life, and that is to woo and bed beautiful women. Julie (Marisa Tomei), a single mom, longs for her son to have a father in his life, and Nikki (Sienna Miller) gets help for her drug and alcohol addiction in an effort to hold on to Alfie. When his only friend (Omar Epps) asks Alfie to help him mend his broken relationship with Lonette (Nia Long), Alfie and Lonette get drunk and have sex. Alfie then takes up with Liz, an older woman (Susan Sarandon), whose sexual escapades equal Alfie’s. Eventually he realizes his naive conception of happiness has created a big void in his life. A popular song inspired by the original 1966 Alfie sums up the melancholy theme: “What’s it all about, Alfie?”
I don’t really know where to start in reviewing this film. The entire premise is about a womanizing man who tries to have sex with any girl he can. He has no regard for them really, he just wants to satisfy his lust-filled needs. It is depressing to watch as Alfie goes from one woman to the next, having sex, sex, and more sex, and not really getting into real relationships.
He dumps women as quickly as he picks them up. The film doesn’t necessarily glorify these sexual escapades since Alfie is trying to figure out what’s it all about. But the film is so filled with sex, foul language and drugs that it is far from being a family-friendly film. Even in the end I don’t think he really gets what relationships are all about. He has been so warped by his lifestyle, it would most likely take him years to sort out the reality of what constitutes a good relationship.