Hitch

Hitch

4.3 26
Director: Andy Tennant

Cast: Andy Tennant, Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Kevin James

     
 

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A man who teaches dateless wonders how to become irresistible to women learns just how hard it can be to do it yourself in this romantic comedy. When a guy in New York City wants to make the right impression with a certain lady, Alex "Hitch" Hitchens (Will Smith) is the man he calls. Hitch has made a career out of coordinating a man's first three dates so that they'll… See more details below

Overview

A man who teaches dateless wonders how to become irresistible to women learns just how hard it can be to do it yourself in this romantic comedy. When a guy in New York City wants to make the right impression with a certain lady, Alex "Hitch" Hitchens (Will Smith) is the man he calls. Hitch has made a career out of coordinating a man's first three dates so that they'll show him to his best advantage (for a price, of course), and more than a few have taken women to the altar they first started courting with Hitch's help. But Hitch discovers his own romantic limitations when he falls for Sara (Eva Mendes), a journalist who has her own ideas about romance, and might just expose Hitch's underground business to the world. In the midst of all this, Hitch has his hands full with Albert, a sweet but socially inept man who has enlisted Hitch's services.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
In blockbusters from Bad Boys to Independence Day, the Men in Black movies, and I Robot, Will Smith has made a handsome living as a big-budget action hero. But the erstwhile Fresh Prince truly plays to his strong hand in this ingeniously plotted romantic comedy. Smith portrays Alex Hitchens, the self-proclaimed “date doctor” who, for a fee, advises socially awkward single men in affairs of the heart. One of his greatest challenges will be coaching klutzy accountant Albert (Kevin James of TV's King of Queens), who has a major crush on his firm’s biggest client, globe-trotting heiress Allegra Cole (Amber Valletta). Complicating matters is Hitch’s burgeoning relationship with Sara (Eva Mendes), a tabloid reporter who’s sworn to expose the anonymous date doctor as a fraud -- without realizing that her new boyfriend is the guy she’s looking for. Director Andy Tennant (Ever After) very wisely gives his principal players lots of leeway, which pays off in some genuinely hysterical moments -- many of them contributed by James, who comes perilously close to stealing the picture away from its top-billed star. His shy, overweight accountant is a tremendously endearing character, and even if it seems unlikely that he’ll ever get to first base with leggy, luscious Valletta, we can’t help rooting for him. The Smith-Mendes matchup, oddly enough, doesn’t seem quite as interesting; this could be a flaw of the script, which makes Hitch a personable but aloof character whose machinations aren’t always on the up-and-up. Fortunately, the whole amounts to more than the sum of its parts, and by the time the predictable happy ending has been reached, there won’t be many viewers who haven’t been grandly entertained.
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Hitch is an amiable if rote romantic comedy that maximizes the charms of its quartet of leads. Unfortunately, the film mines most of its narrative ore from the tiresome notion that modern-day males are complete idiots, as mystified by the female gender as a coyote is by the moon. How much more fun a film would this have been if the "date doctor" character had been a woman trying to help her sex understand male motivations and behaviors? It's certainly less played-out a concept than the one employed by writer Kevin Bisch and director Andy Tennant, and as evidenced by the success of a few recent, real-life best-sellers (He's Just Not That Into You, anyone?), the public seems primed for such a twist. But -- big sigh -- the filmmakers serve up the same-old, same-old, dancing-as-sex, chivalry-not-being-dead, groom-yourself-then-be-yourself maxims that this genre's fans have seen thousands of times already. Where the film ultimately works is in its appealing casting choices, with Will Smith and Kevin James providing solid buddy-comedy laughs in their mano a mano scenes, Eva Mendes doing a fine job as Hitch's slightly flinty sparring partner, and Amber Valletta a real surprise as a rich, classy beauty with actual brains and feelings. The moves are as pre-programmed as they get, but Hitch is good enough for a blind date or a post-dinner rental, where the expectations are a little lower.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/14/2005
UPC:
0043396112353
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:58:00
Sales rank:
10,172

Special Features

Closed Caption; Deleted scenes; Blooper reel; Behind-the-scenes featurettes; "1 Thing" music video by Amerie

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Will Smith Alex "Hitch" Hitchens
Eva Mendes Sara Melas
Kevin James Albert Brennaman
Amber Valletta Allegra Cole
Julie Ann Emery Casey
Michael Rapaport Ben
Adam Arkin Max Trundle
Robinne Lee Actor
Jeffrey Donovan Actor
Paula Patton Mandy
Maulik Pancholy Actor
Mimi Weddell Actor

Technical Credits
Andy Tennant Director
Kevin Bisch Screenwriter
Conrad V. Brink Special Effects Supervisor
Kathleen Chopin Casting
Andrew Dunn Cinematographer
George Fenton Score Composer
James Lassiter Producer
Wink Mordaunt Executive Producer
Jane Musky Production Designer
T.J. O'Mara Sound/Sound Designer
Scott Printz Asst. Director
Will Smith Producer
Marlene Stewart Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Tadross Executive Producer
Troy T. Takaki Editor
Tracey Wadmore-Smith Editor
Patricia Woodbridge Art Director
Teddy Zee Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [6:43]
2. Sara [2:32]
3. Hitch in Action [4:03]
4. Late Bloomer [1:41]
5. Albert [4:24]
6. Shock and Awe [6:31]
7. How It's Done [4:14]
8. Handy Guy [2:48]
9. Over and Out [2:15]
10. Sunday Morning [3:24]
11. Ellis Island [3:33]
12. Failing With Flair [1:42]
13. Working Allegra [1:44]
14. Basic Training [3:23]
15. The Fire & the Pizza [3:21]
16. The Kissing Signal [4:44]
17. Not a Date [6:34]
18. Best Not to Love [5:34]
19. The Morning People [4:19]
20. Sara Takes Charge [2:56]
21. "I Like Your Lips" [4:45]
22. Tossed Salad [6:46]
23. Exposure [7:15]
24. Apology [2:20]
25. "Love Is Your Job" [2:36]
26. Repairman [4:01]
27. Square One [4:03]
28. The Leap [18:04]

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