Will Smith produces and stars as Alex ‘Hitch’ Hitchens, a resourceful matchmaker who finds his own relationship with a beautiful gossip columnist named Sara, played by Eva Mendes (2 Fast 2 Furious, Stuck on You).
The major detractors of this movie are the characters and the story, written by Kevin Bisch, which run a bit long at 115 minutes.
Most of the dialogue heavy scenes drown the audience with love advice while Smith occasionally addresses the audience directly in scenes that demonstrate his talent.
It might have been more interesting to watch a movie about Hitch’s progression from college, shown in a flashback scene, into his fail-safe “date doctor” status.
The talented actors like Michael Rapaport and Adam Arkin get wasted in small supporting roles, plus Smith doesn’t create a realistic bachelor and Valletta’s role is too close to her real life (though I guess most people wouldn’t know that).
Kevin James (TV’s The King of Queens) provides a huge boost of laughs and heart as he woos celebrity Allegra Cole, played by Amber Valletta, with some help from Hitch.
Smith and James create some memorable comedy moments as teacher instructs the student in scenes. Hitch’s instructions are often weaved into the actual action, a great narrative technique because the audience gets to see the immediate dividends.
Director Andy Tennant (Fools Rush In, Sweet Home Alabama) knows the genre well and delivers great shots with soft cinematography. Recommended with reservations (**1/2 out of four stars) and rated PG-13 for language and adult themes/references.
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