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Title - Hitch
My Admission - $7.00
One Line Review - 100% Pure Date Fun.


Review – Hitch is great, pure and simple.  A romantic comedy about being who you can be and excelling at who you are.  Love and romance are only an opportunity away and Hitch has nailed the process to a “T”.

Will Smith plays Alex Hutcens, “The Date Doctor”; a man who creates said opportunities for men to date the women of their dreams.  Hitch is the master of the “3 Date Scheme”.  Helping men set themselves up and carefully carrying them through the first, most awkward moments of creating a relationship.  He’ll teach you everything you need to know about theory and then you must rely on yourself to carry you through.

From the beginning Will Smith teaches us about women and what “they really mean” when they say such things as, “I’m really into my career.” Or “I’m not interested in dating right now.”  He teaches you how to get a woman to notice you and once noticed how to keep her initial interest.  It’s really endearing, smart, and frankly adorable.  Will excels in his role as the matchmaker.

However, once Hitch meets a woman he can fall for, all of his knowledge and experience seem to go out the window and for his first 3 dates with Sarah, played by Eva Mendes, he seems to hit one snag after the other.  Hilarity ensues.

Kevin Bisch has written a rather smart and very funny script about love and understanding.  About chances, falling, and man’s ability to fly.  The actors, who all shine in their respective roles, carry these words and concepts flawlessly.  You could easily find yourself believing and then dating anyone in the film.  It’s a class act, feel good film.

I gave it $7.00 because I really, really like it; I’m just not in love with it.  Not yet anyway.  It may be that the first viewing felt like a first date.  I’ll happily watch Hitch again if I’m asked and maybe even a third time if there’s something more in store.  Maybe by the third date, err screening, I’ll be ready for that first kiss.


Movie Information

Distributor: Columbia Pictures
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for language and some strong sexual references.
Starring:  Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Kevin James, Michael Rapaport, Adam Arkin Amber Valletta, David Wike, Julie Ann Emery, Maulik Pancholy Rebecca Mader
Director: Andy Tennant
Producers:  Will Smith, Michael Tadross, James Lassiter, Teddy Zee
Screenwriter: Andrew Dunn
Cinematographer:  Murray Milne
Composer: George Fenton
Executive Producer: Wink Mordaunt, Michael Tadross
Running Time: 1 hr. 55 min.
Genre: Comedy and Romance

Turn Down The Lights, Turn Up The Sound.

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