Ryan Gosling and Other Screen Womanizers

         
 

29 July 2011| No Comments     by Sean Chavel

 

Womanizer characters are just as attractive and alluring to us as when they are on-screen performing a seduction. Ryan Gosling plays a top-notch womanizer in this week’s “Crazy Stupid Love,” the most enticing one we’ve had in awhile. Thanks must be made to the smart script that gives Gosling some sharp, penetrating lines to play with which he pulls off effortlessly. Nobody corners this market more than James Bond, but let’s take a look at ten runners-up listed in alphabetical order:

 All That Jazz (1979)

Bob Fosse, the Oscar winning writer-director, was the king of womanizers in real life. This semi-autobiographical masterpiece that is all parts musical/drama/comedy, lets Roy Schieder embody his egomania persona as a theater director working on his professional kinks and romantic kinks with the many women, many acquaintances that adore him.


Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) 

This list can’t be complete without Hugh Grant, whose first appearance shows him with a devilish smirk walking out an elevator. Renee Zellweger might have had more fun as Bridget Jones getting her heart broken by Grant than she actually does with falling for safe guy Colin Firth.


Burn After Reading (2008)

George Clooney is seen having an affair within minutes of making an appearance. But it’s not until after the first hour where you realize that he’s willing to have an affair with anybody, even if she’s way less attractive than he is! That apparatus that he builds shows what a dirty but hilarious man he is.


Charlie Wilson’s War (2007)

We got a strong politically minded agenda here chronicling this U.S. Congressman’s campaigning efforts to relieve Afghanistan from Soviet Union occupation in the 1980’s. But the movie still has time to let Charlie jump in the hot tub with a couple of ladies.


Don Juan DeMarco (1995) 

This flick does not have the best technical filmmaking and Marlon Brando ruins much of it as a curmudgeon psychiatrist. But it’s undeniable that this is a signature lothario role for Johnny Depp, shamelessly embellishing a foreign accent.

Down with Love (2003)
 

Ewan McGregor deserves better than Renee Zellweger for a co-star to tame this 1960’s cad. But he’s the true thing debonair creature dribbling with double entendres. It occurred to me that the hilarious “Austin Powers” original could be on this list, but Mike Myers is a lampoon while I’m sticking to McGregor and the real thing here. Movie wears out its welcome at the end by just a tad.

Hitch (2005) 

Will Smith as a love doctor who woos women for breakfast, but his challenge, other than counseling schlub Kevin James, is to get Eva Mendes to fall in love with him. Because he’s finally met his match! It’s true that Smith can be guilty of exerting too much charisma. Diverting and mildly entertaining.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)

It’s a long sit and easily the most serious movie on this list (as a backdrop, it’s about a love affair set against the Soviet Union invasion of Czechoslovakia). It’s also @#!*% erotic with Daniel Day-Lewis in a consentual ménage a trios. As a guy you can’t help but lust for Juliette Binoche, or Lena Olin in her bowler’s hat and not much else on. Ultimately it’s about Day-Lewis’ character reform and him learning to live with sensible choices in a country going through tumultuous change.

What Women Want (2000) 

Once upon a time Mel had us under a spell. That is, until Mel [Gibson] wrecked his public image. But the high concept here is still delicious: a womanizer gets electrocuted and comes out with the ability to read women’s minds, increasing his success rate in conquests.

 

Young Adam (2003)

I have often regarded this as one of the finest drama to date made under the scarcely applied NC-17 ratings label, although it’s a little slow and obscure for some tastes. Ewan McGregor stares into the eyes of women with such electric force, such carnal hungering. He gives them a pithy line or two, and they know he’s game. He doesn’t care what the woman looks like. A shocking character revelation is made halfway through, and the film becomes a study in how a narcissistic loverboy deals with guilt.

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Sean Chavel

About The Author / Sean Chavel

Sean Chavel is a Hollywood based author and movie reviewer. He is the Executive Director of flickminute.com, a new website that has adapted the movie review site genre by introducing moodbased and movie experience based reviews.

 

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