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Hitch (2005)
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Review Date: February 09, 2005
Director: Andy Tennant
Writer: Kevin Bisch
Producers: James Lassiter, Will Smith, Teddy Zee
Actors:
Will Smith as Hitch
Kevin James as Albert
Eva Mendes as Sara
Plot:
A highly successful and secretive “date doctor” named Hitch is hired by men from all levels of dating incompetence in the hopes of improving their chances of scoring with women with whom they are in love. The doc’s latest project is an awkward fat man in love with a multi-millionaire hottie. At the same time, cupid himself is smitten by a tabloid news reporter who looks an awful lot like the very sexy Eva Mendes. Yeah, that Eva Mendes! Love and an ideal studio Valentine’s Day weekend opener…ensues.
Critique:
You know what…I really wasn’t in the “mood” to see this film. I thought the trailer looked like recyclable dogcrap, the over-emphasis on the “dancing scene” between Will Smith and Kevin James was just pissing me off and I’ve been single for as long as the Internet was invented (or does it just feel that long?), so I’m not exactly sure what happened on the way to the end of this movie, but once it was all said and predictably wrapped up in a nice, big, Hollywood bow…I somehow had a smile on my face, a flickering glow in my heart and an erection in my pants (cut me some slack, folks…I’m not a total sap here). Yeah, that’s right…the film “grew on me” and thanks to its fun cast, playful manner, somewhat original concept and handful of memorable sequences, I’m more than happy to recommend this Valentine’s Day cash register, to most any dude or dudette looking to catch something fluffy, but sweet, around the time of year that the rest of us are drinking and eating our weight in Tequila and nachos. I think the thing that won me over the biggest was its cast though. I’ve always been half-and-half on Smith, but he underplayed his part here (he wasn’t Willie Boyee!) and came through, even in a couple of the more touching scenarios. On the other hand, I’ve always been a big fan of James and was glad to see him coming through on the big screen gangbusters (now when is Hollywood gonna give his damn lovely TV wife, Leah Remini, a shot at the big time already?). Add that to a damn fine-looking Eva Mendes in all of her Mendesian glory (think Jennifer Lopez minus the massive ass and attitude) and Cameron Diaz-looking Amber Valetta, and the film is basically a good time on a film reel.

A couple of the film’s early sequences that won me over, in particular, included the first meeting between Smith and Mendes which was both well-written and played out (nice chemistry too), as well as the first back-and-forth between Valetta and James, with Smith hiding behind the door, spitting shit out for our clueless fat man. Despite a predictability factor of 100% and a palm-full of dialogue that crossed over the line separating the clever and insightful quips with those drenched in corn, the film ultimately became my “default” Valentine with its emphasis on the relationships between all involved, as well as its balance between the romantic, humorous, dramatic, touching and just plain cute (yeah, I bloody loved the scene in which Mendes is curled up in her puffy slippers watching the ultimate of romantic comedies, JERRY MAGUIRE). Yes, the ending runs into the generic factor with one “misunderstanding” leading to an “explanation” not accepted by another, leading to the inevitable “showdown” between the lovers, but by that point, I had enjoyed most of my time with these folks, and heck…I even stuck around for the extremely gratuitous and contrived dance sequences at the end, which for some reason…I also quite enjoyed! Yeah, maybe I was just “in the mood” to watch a film of this sort or maybe these folks have just created a damn decent romantic comedy. Either way, check it out if any of what I’ve blabbered about over the past two paragraphs has sparked anything in you. PS: Mendes. Great ass.
(c) 2017 Berge Garabedian
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7:20AM on 01/20/2006
I'm not usually up for the romantic comedies - or as I like to call them: chick flicks. But I am a fan of Will Smith and I heard this isn't your run of the mill romcom. That's partly true, but you still get the same ending as you would with any other chick flick.
But this is an enjoyable movie. Will Smith is slicker than an roadside oil spill, Kevin James is absolutely hilarious, and Eva Mendes offers up a decent female lead to Will Smith. I think Smith works as a romantic lead because
I'm not usually up for the romantic comedies - or as I like to call them: chick flicks. But I am a fan of Will Smith and I heard this isn't your run of the mill romcom. That's partly true, but you still get the same ending as you would with any other chick flick.
But this is an enjoyable movie. Will Smith is slicker than an roadside oil spill, Kevin James is absolutely hilarious, and Eva Mendes offers up a decent female lead to Will Smith. I think Smith works as a romantic lead because this is his first time in the genre. And it doesn't hurt that the pressure's off of him because James steals every scene he's in.

The movie follows Smith as a love/dating consultant - he's helping loser Kevin James get the girl of his dreams. That storyline is mixed in with the fact that our love expert is trying to hook up as well.
The movie's heart lies in the fact that you can't teach love to anybody. But that message is very subtle so it's not in your face the whole time.
The movie focuses on the dates and affairs between our heroes. There are a lot funny scenes involving what goes wrong with Hitch's dates - and what goes on with James trying to impress his little hottie. Every guy has had something like these happen on a date, probably not as bad as some of these things, but I'm sure most guys can relate - I know I can - to that awkward first kiss, not exactly sure how to act on a date, and what to do when things don't go exactly as planned.

I think the thing that makes this movie a little better than your run-of-the-mill romantic comedy is that the message of the movie is a little different than the others. While some of the hijinks that happens during the dates may be a little nuts - not all of them are and you actually believe that these hotties would fall for these guys. It's a fun movie to watch; Kevin James is hysterical in every scene he's in and Will Smith is a great lead for this romantic comedy.
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