I have recently had the pleasure to watch the latest
Will Smith film Hitch.
However, instead of science fiction or action, Smith takes a chance with
a romantic comedy containing the tag line 'cure for the common man.' One
thing that is unique to Hitch is that it is a love comedy that
doesn't seem to favor women. The story actually allows men to appreciate
the film just as much as women. And, considering it is Valentine's weekend,
this film came out at just the right time.
Will Smith and Eva Mendes
Hitch- The Plot
Will Smith plays as Alex 'Hitch' Hitchens, a private love doctor who makes
all of his business through referrals only [causing him to become more of
a legend or myth]. Every one of Hitch's clients is the common man, each
madly in love with some lady. Hitch steps in and does the necessary research
to give each man, or client, a fighting chance for the one he loves. However,
Hitch does not work for clients that only want to get the girl in the sack.
This fact will later prove that his intentions for his male clients are
After being in the business for some time, Hitch assumes he has everything
about women figured out. This soon changes when Hitch meets two individuals
that will change his life and thought process on women. The first person
is Sara [Eva Mendes], who is a gossip reporter with some serious relationship
issues. Through her, we come to realize that Hitch, even though he is the
love doctor, is actually afraid of love. Sara and Hitch have to work on
one another to get each to see that love is always a possibility [with very
The other person is Hitch's next client, Albert [Kevin James]. Albert is
a CPA under a large firm that serves the love of his life-- Allegra Cole
[Amber Valletta], a very famous lady. Albert will be Hitch's hardest job,
as Albert 'swings for the fences.' It takes a little under a third of the
film to set up each of these characters and their current situations. While
this first third of Hitch is enjoyable, the middle third is where
the comedic spark finally ignites.
During the girth of Hitch, we encounter two separate plot lines
that each have their own comedic elements. We first have the relationship
between Hitch and Sara. Hitch, who usually has no problem picking up women
and being smooth for the ladies, continues to 'crash and burn' during his
dates with Sara. Things such as kicking her off of her jet ski and getting
his shirt stuck in a taxi are just the beginning of his problems. However,
both Sara and Hitch still see that there is some spark between them and
try to persevere.
Amber Valletta and Kevin James
The next relationship is between Allegra and Albert [and Hitch]. The scenes
between these two are very well constructed. As each of Albert's dates go
forth, we constantly get flash backs to lessons and rules laid down by Hitch.
During the dates, we encounter Albert trying to stick to these rules while
also attempting to be himself.
One of the instances is dancing. Albert considers himself a good dancer, even though no one else does. Hitch lays down the ground work that Albert can only move back and forth with his 'shoulders at his sides.' Albert, while dancing with Allegra, tries to follow the 'dancing rule' but takes a few of his own risks every time Allegra turns her back to him [risks that have repercussions later].
As the dates between both couples continue, we soon begin to learn that maybe the perfect somebody is not exactly what any female, or male for that matter, wants.
Hitch- The Movie
By the end of the film, there are tons of lessons to be learned. The best part is that while some of these lessons follow Hitch's ideas on dating, a lot of them don't. The key point that gets across is that if you can just be yourself, you will always find your perfect match.
Hitch also makes a pretty humorous point that girls only give guys 'one chance.' You are given one first impression, one dance, and one kiss. If you blow those, you blow your chances with the girl. However, Hitch repeatedly blows his chances with Sara causing him to announce that there may be no formula to love.
Final Judgment: Hitch couldn't have come out on a better weekend. While
the film is good and will make you laugh, I don't think it would ever
have the success it may have during this weekend. Even though the film
does put a lot of emphasis on relationships, it does not forget that it
has Will Smith and Kevin James to keep the laughs constantly rolling in.
This is one romance film a guy should be willing to see.
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