This is something of a curate's egg of a film...the original is so well remembered and well liked that it is easy to forget the flaws, but for modern studios keen to exploit an audience who may know the name of a film but be unfamiliar or unwilling to check out the original a rush to the remake seems an obvious answer to accessing new dollar streams. The problem with the film is it simply isn't a very strong idea. The supporting cast is good with Susan Sarandon in excellent form whereas Jude Law remains unconvincing as a lead man capable of carrying a film, particularly one based on material as slight as this. Add in to the mix a real sense of out of place machismo and laddishness that strikes a rather unpleasant note in these modern times with several pinches of homophobia, the whole thing starts to stink up a theater despite Law's best attempts to walk through another role with his usual trademark cheeky but good looking persona...it will work for some I have no doubt but...with leaden direction and pedestrian eye for editing Alfie is one for pay-per-view or Blockbuster curiosity when you can't find anything else on. And let's not forget Mick Jagger's whining irritation of a soundtrack - a discordant mix of songs that somehow jars the nerves at "poignant" moments. All in all another sorry case of reaching for the remake, attempting an update of something best left to sit in its own 60s time capsule, rather than try and find something new, fresh and invigorating...give your brain a break and see Jude in a minor role in a good film like I Heart Huckabees instead.