Hitch

"Good"

Hitch Review


All the wicked charm and confident charisma that makeWill Smith a movie star are present in spades in "Hitch," a brightand sharp-witted -- if predictable -- romantic comedy about a matchmakerwho coaches lovestruck schmendricks in the wooing of otherwise unattainablegirls of their dreams.

Letting go his action-hero persona, Smith's winning waywith clever come-ons and witty rejoinders becomes the pulse of this smarter-than-averagecrowd-pleaser that revolves around two archetypal love stories told withamusingly atypical details.

One of the romances is orchestrated by Alex "Hitch"Hitchens (Smith) on behalf of a client -- a hapless, nebbish nice-guy accountant("The King of Queens'" Kevin James) who has fallen from afarfor an out-of-his-league heiress (ex-model Amber Valletta), whose assetshe helps oversee.

The other involves Hitch's practiced smoothness backfiringon him when he meets his match in a cheeky, confident, fun-loving, resolutelysingle tabloid reporter (Eva Mendes) -- who is bent on exposing New York'smysterious so-called "date doctor" after her paper runs a pictureof the knockout heiress out on a date with the dork.

Having not yet learned who her target is, Mendes ("Outof Time") and Smith have a teasing, irresistible,almost Howard-Hawkesian, chemistry between them from scene one. When theyfirst meet in a bar, they flirt by insisting that they're not flirting-- while describing in enticing detail what each of them would do if theywere. Their dates are all disasters, but in ways that keep drawing themback together in spite of it all.

With surprising credibility, the stout, tongue-tied Jamesand the slinky-sweet Valletta complement each other as well, with an appropriateawkwardness, as he stumbles and gaffes onto her romantic radar while trying(and often failing) to follow Hitch's imaginative game plan for winningher heart.

But it's the uncommonly snappy dialogue by first-time screenwriterKevin Bisch, and his gift for seasoning almost every scene with subtlelittle character flourishes and creative formula twists, that give "Hitch"its consistent and lingering smiles. Example: When our hero advises hisclient that he must impress Valetta's best girlfriend to stay in the game,James is thrown for a loop when "she" turns out to be a gay guy.

The movie also rises above the genre norm because theseromances are driven more by genuine moments between well-drawn charactersthan by the underlying date-doctor gimmick. Smith and James find enoughfamiliarity in each of their characters that any guy can identify veryclosely with both of them. Mendes eschews clich=E9 as the cunning gossipreporter who is genuinely happy as a single woman, but cautiously opento a romance with Hitch. Only Valletta is short-changed by her underwrittenobject-of-desire role.

This isn't to say that contrived episodes don't rear theirugly heads from time to time -- that's what keeps "Hitch" frombeing great guy-centric romantic comedy in the vein of Stephen Frears'"High Fidelity." Director Andy Tennant ("SweetHome Alabama") falls back on montage sequences,manufactured misunderstandings and poorly conceived slapstick from timeto time (heavily tapped for the movie's terrible trailers and TV ads).

But until it conspicuously sidesteps the fallout of oneof those misunderstandings -- which leads to an easy, rather pedestrianfinale -- "Hitch" always rights itself again with more momentsof unexpected depth or great humor, often involving Smith's ongoing asidesto the audience.



Hitch

Facts and Figures

Run time: 118 mins

In Theaters: Friday 11th February 2005

Box Office USA: $177.6M

Box Office Worldwide: $368.1M

Budget: $70M

Distributed by: Sony Pictures

Production compaines: Overbrook Entertainment, Columbia Pictures Corporation

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 69%
Fresh: 124 Rotten: 56

IMDB: 6.7 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as Alex 'Hitch' Hitchens, as Sara Melas, as Albert Brennaman, as Allegra Cole, as Casey Sedgewick, as Max, as Cressida Baylor, Ryan Cross as Charles Wellington, as Ben, as Vance, Ato Essandoh as Tanis, Nathan Lee Graham as Geoff, as Mandy, as Mr. O'Brian, Navia Nguyen as Mika, as Pete

Also starring:

Contactmusic


Links


Advertisement

New Movies

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Movie Review

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Movie Review

After the thunderous reception for J.J. Abrams' Episode VII: The Force Awakens two years ago,...

Daddy's Home 2 Movie Review

Daddy's Home 2 Movie Review

Like the 2015 original, this comedy plays merrily with cliches to tell a silly story...

The Man Who Invented Christmas Movie Review

The Man Who Invented Christmas Movie Review

There's a somewhat contrived jauntiness to this blending of fact and fiction that may leave...

Ferdinand Movie Review

Ferdinand Movie Review

This animated comedy adventure is based on the beloved children's book, which was published in...

Brigsby Bear Movie Review

Brigsby Bear Movie Review

Director Dave McCary makes a superb feature debut with this offbeat black comedy, which explores...

Battle of the Sexes Movie Review

Battle of the Sexes Movie Review

A dramatisation of the real-life clash between tennis icons Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs,...

Shot Caller Movie Review

Shot Caller Movie Review

There isn't much subtlety to this prison thriller, but it's edgy enough to hold the...

Advertisement
The Disaster Artist Movie Review

The Disaster Artist Movie Review

A hilariously outrageous story based on real events, this film recounts the making of the...

Stronger Movie Review

Stronger Movie Review

Based on a true story about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, this looks like one...

Only the Brave Movie Review

Only the Brave Movie Review

Based on a genuinely moving true story, this film undercuts the realism by pushing its...

Wonder Movie Review

Wonder Movie Review

This film may be based on RJ Palacio's fictional bestseller, but it approaches its story...

Happy End  Movie Review

Happy End Movie Review

Austrian auteur Michael Haneke isn't known for his light touch, but rather for hard-hitting, award-winning...

Patti Cake$ Movie Review

Patti Cake$ Movie Review

Seemingly from out of nowhere, this film generates perhaps the biggest smile of any movie...

The Limehouse Golem Movie Review

The Limehouse Golem Movie Review

A Victorian thriller with rather heavy echoes of Jack the Ripper, this film struggles to...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.