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by David Cornelius

"A light truffle of a comedy."
3 stars

Much in the same way that one gets mad for liking a vapid but catchy pop song, I find that I’m kicking myself for actually liking the Will Smith romantic comedy “Hitch.” This film is shallow, sugary, disposable. Cotton candy entertainment. But ya know, sometimes cotton candy tastes really yummy, pop songs are fun for the ears, and movies like “Hitch” can make for a breezy good time.

Here’s what kind of movie “Hitch” is: its original title was the clever, witty “The Last First Kiss.” This title was dumped, however, for the far more generic one it uses now, perhaps because the studio thought audiences wouldn’t be able to figure out what the hell the title meant. It’s a movie whose very title had to be dumbed down for its target audience. Doesn’t bode well, does it?

So I entered this movie with the lowest of expectations. And I came out smiling. “Hitch” has a charm that wins you over, even when you know exactly where the plot is headed and you know just how clichéd the characters are behaving and you know that everyone in the cast should probably be spending their time making something smarter.

Smith plays Alex Hitchens, aka the title character, a New York “date doctor” who helps lonely guys land the gals of their dreams by offering advice, setting up romantic Meet Cutes, that sort of thing. His latest project: frumpy, awkward accountant Albert (Kevin James), who is love with his supercelebrity client Allegra (Amber Valletta). That Albert has a knack for spilling mustard on his trousers and that Allegra is stunningly beautiful are two signs of the work Hitch has cut out for him.

The catch of the movie is that despite his successes with others’ romances, Hitch is helpless in his own lovelife. Enter gossip columnist Sarah (Eva Mendes), who is won over by Hitch’s natural charm, yet not so wowed by his knack for getting things wrong. Oh, will this master of romance be able to find love for himself?

If you’re the least unsure of how any of this will turn out by the closing credits, then I’m somewhat surprised that you’re able to read this review without your mom’s help. There are no surprises, no turns in the road to be found here. But to expect any would be to miss the point - this is a movie that does not intend to be anything more than charming, heartwarming, and funny. In others words, it is the inoffensive work of director Andy Tennant, who previously helmed such unassuming titles as “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Ever After.”

Normally, Tennant’s take-no-chances approach leads to weak affairs (it’s not much of a good sign when your best work until now is “Fools Rush In”), but here, working with a top notch comedic cast and a usable screenplay from first-time writer Kevin Bisch, Tennant manages to pull off a thoroughly enjoyable number.

It’s so pleasant in its approach that at times I found myself recalling the fluffy comedies of the Cary Grant era. Which may be precisely why it works - Smith, with his aw shucks charm and endless supply of likability, has the screen presence of an old fashioned movie star. And he knows it. Smith, realizing that such a role is designed to challenge neither the actor nor the audience, goes head on in full movie star mode. The result is plenty of fun.

The real treat here, however, is James, whose comic timing has rarely been as sharp. Not only do he and Smith make an unexpectedly good team, but James on his own lands most of the film’s funniest moments. Here’s a physical comic who knows how to fumble and bumble, to make himself look like a complete doofus yet still come off the hero. James becomes so agreeable here that - dare I say it? - we actually begin to care for what happens to his character.

Normally in such a movie, we’re too bored by the plot’s predictability that caring for characters becomes a chore. Not here. The cast is funny enough and the mood pleasant enough that it becomes all too easy to buy into the hackneyed storyline and actually hope the best for those stuck in it. And while “Hitch,” running far too long at just under two hours, begins to wear thin in spots, it still manages to hold our smiles from start to finish.

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originally posted: 06/11/05 19:44:05
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User Comments

3/24/18 morris campbell amusing flick 4 stars
10/21/15 pfovhcu USA 2 stars
8/03/14 Jamie Love this movie, fun and feel good, but what's with this review? 5 stars
2/26/14 Monday Morning Pretty good, but maybe 20 minutes too long. 3 stars
10/22/09 Rachel Laughed until I cried with this movie. Definitely worth a look. 4 stars
5/07/09 true Love Smith, hate when a director ruins a movie trying to make it "different" 1 stars
11/30/08 Shaun Wallner Well made. 3 stars
4/07/08 pineapple Didn't like it so much. I don't see why everyone has such high ratings. 1 stars
9/13/07 Tracy very funny movie, loved Will in this. 5 stars
12/14/06 Stanley Thai A good, funny comedy. It's a bit too long, I think... 3 stars
4/02/06 robbo once it settled down brilliant 5 stars
2/26/06 Steven Lewis An O.k. romantic comedy from action star will smith 3 stars
2/06/06 Anthony It was funny and good 4 stars
1/15/06 Frank Rountree Not bad, good story, and a good job by all the actors and actresses 3 stars
1/04/06 Barry Too bad the heroine is such an unethical bitch. 2 stars
1/01/06 Ry Also better than I though, good movie 5 stars
10/17/05 Josh Hitch rocked my socks off! 5 stars
9/21/05 Indrid Cold All I know is that I lauged a lot more than at "The 40 Year Old Virgin." 4 stars
9/13/05 bbbr funny and worth watching 5 stars
8/25/05 Brian Wilshire Funny, insightful script helps likeable stars present a film to recommend to everybody. 5 stars
8/12/05 ES Better than I thought it'd be= good for a date 4 stars
7/28/05 Nobody I thought it would be just another chick flick, but it's actually pretty funny 4 stars
7/25/05 Eric Rollins Apathy thy name is Hitch. 2 stars
7/13/05 Matthew Rudawsky Cute, but veeery predictable. A few nice ideas and mostly good acting. Worth a look... once 4 stars
7/03/05 Steven shit,fell asleep till the last 5 mniutes 1 stars
6/19/05 Brian It was pretty stupid, but Kevin James was funny as hell. 2 stars
6/17/05 ELI It was cute, just the ending wedding was REALLY retarded.... 4 stars
3/23/05 Kathy terPlugg Ridiculous stock characters, cliched situations. Groan!!!!! 1 stars
3/20/05 R.C.F. Kevin James saved most comedy-factor that's missing here overall, too slow towards the end 4 stars
3/13/05 Rebecca Great movie, had me in hysterics 5 stars
3/05/05 I.P.Freely Great!!! 5 stars
3/04/05 Leesha Lots of laughs amid the sappy (yet enjoyable) love stories. 4 stars
3/03/05 jeff funny but not that funny. kinda slow. 3 stars
2/27/05 Jim Amiable fluff 3 stars
2/26/05 Gray wow a black guy teachs a white guy how to be cool how original 1 stars
2/24/05 L.G. Best Romantic Comedy Ever, it's a Pick Me Up, Loved it, Great Cast and Script 5 stars
2/23/05 Mary JD Great movie... had me laughing most of the time! would recommend 5 stars
2/19/05 Jennifer Tower LOVED IT!! So cute! 5 stars
2/19/05 Steve Michaud Engaging, entertaining, and funny; for once, a romantic comedy done right 4 stars
2/18/05 Denise Duspiva funny 3 stars
2/17/05 Eileen Lammers I laughed all the way through this one! It is a joy! 5 stars
2/17/05 Fahad Pinto It was ok, not the best, but not bad either. 3 stars
2/14/05 Obi Wan Great Job by Will Smith! Very funny and definately a great date movie! 5 stars
2/14/05 Will Smith Aw, hell no! 1 stars
2/13/05 Kristina Williams when will people see that he acts the same in EVERY movie? Dammit. 1 stars
2/11/05 Kenneth Flickstein Will Smith shows off well in this chick flick for guys. 5 stars
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  11-Feb-2005 (PG-13)
  DVD: 14-Jun-2005



Directed by
  Andy Tennant

Written by
  Kevin Bisch

  Will Smith
  Eva Mendes
  Kevin James
  Michael Rapaport
  Adam Arkin
  Amber Valletta

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