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Alfie Elkins is a philosophical womanizer who is forced to question his seemingly carefree existence. Ultimately, his freewheeling lifestyle begins to slowly unravel.
The original Alfie was as much overrated as the remake is underrated. Split the difference.
This is an ugly, blue-tinged movie that telegraphs every plot turn.
The weakness is the script (by Elaine Pope, who won an Emmy for Seinfeld and should've done better). It isn't funny, it isn't clever and it certainly isn't profound.
Charles Shyer (who processed the Parent Trap and Father of the Bride updates) plays coy with most matters sexual-an odd and puritanical approach to a character who molds his entire existence around the procurement and enjoyment of sex.
His carefully tousled blond mop? His devilish blue eyes? His oily pickup lines and false promises coated in a cool British ahccent? Please.
Uneven movie about a charming cad has sexy stuff.
The question of 'Why?' (more than 'What's it all about?) still lingers where this remake is concerned.
Back in the mid-1960s, Alfie Elkins was one of the reasons a women's liberation movement was necessary. Today, he's just another bad date with a surplus of personal grooming products.
Just as forgettable as the original.
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