Lightning Review: Hitch

Review #102

Hitch movie posterSynopsis
Albert (Kevin James) is an accountant who falls for his client, Allegra (Amber Valletta). For Help, he calls Hitch (Will Smith), better known as the Love Doctor. But when Hitch meets Sara (Eva Mendes), the girl of his dreams, he must take his own advice to make her him fall for him, too.

Romantic comedies are a mixed bag for me. I prefer them more on the comedic side than the romantic side. Hitch finds a good mix between the two. A lot of its enjoyment comes from the chemistry between Will Smith and Kevin James. Whenever they are on screen together, I am laughing. Eva Mendes is good as the love interest but, whether it was planned or not, she doesn’t have as many laugh out loud moments as the other leads. Although endings of romantic comedies are fairly predictable, this film did a good job about throwing in a few twists and turns along the way. Not necessarily with big or movie changing moments but more with the smaller ones and how they played out. I found myself enjoying the first half of the movie more than the second half, when it is still exploring who the characters were, before the required conflict hits the two love interests. Hitch is a film with a lot of heart and good chemistry between its leads. Although it’s not perfect, it is a refreshing take on the traditional rom-com.



Cast & Crew
Andy Tennant – Director
Kevin Bisch – Writer
George Fenton – Composer

Will Smith – Hitch
Eva Mendes – Sara
Kevin James – Albert
Amber Valletta – Allegra
Julie Ann Emery – Casey
Adam Arkin – Max
Robinne Lee – Cressida
Nathan Lee Graham – Geoff
Jefferty Donovan – Vance