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Movie Review: Hitch

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

*whew* it's been over a month since I watched any movie on the big screen. I managed to catch Hitch with Ruben and Jadryn over the weekend and as usual, here's my take on Will Smith's latest outing.

This time round, Will Smith plays Alex 'Hitch' Hitchens, a self-proclaimed date doctor, who helps those in the dating game from messing up, so they can find true love. The movie begins with Smith narrating simple 'principles' of dating. Using three separate dates as examples, Hitch identifies common mistakes, gives dancing and kissing lessons and helps each of his clients actually walk away with the girl on his arm. As the story continues, Hitch has a new client - Albert, an overweight, clumpsy accountant who is in love with Allegra Cole, a celebrity. Here's where the comedy starts with Hitch teaching Albert how to get Allegra to notice him.

At the same time, there is a lovely gossip columnist Sara, who has captured Hitch's attention. After a disastrous first date, the couple realized that they might have found 'the one' in each other. However things are not as simple, since Hitch keeps his identity a secret, Sara is writing a story on the date doctor, which could end Hitch’s career because everyone will then want his assistance with love and not those that truly need it. Thus begins a series of events that leads to several hilarious incidents.

IMHO, it's nice to see Smith back in a comedic role. I am a big fan since his days with Fresh Prince. In terms of on-screen chemistry, there's sufficient between Hitch and Sara (IMHO, if the casting ppl managed to get J-Lo, it'll be better!) and Albert and Allegra to convince us that love is in the air. However, the best is still on-screen chemistry between Hitch and Alberts. Those two seem to be having loads of fun with their teacher/student relationship. This results is several memorable hilarious and chaotic scenes. Besides that, there are not many characters in the movie and the writers did a good job developing the lead characters.

Meanwhile, the plot is mediocre. The thing about romantic comedy is that, it's predictable. Thus, you know somehow everything will come to an end... happily. The writers introduce a couple of sub-plots to fill-up the 2 hour movie.. seriously, without those sub-plots, the movie would last around... 1 hour 15 mins? Thankfully, the writers did not dwell too much on those subplots and managed to wrap everything up in a neat package. kudos to the writers!

The scenes from the movie were shot from various locations in NYC. The thing is, you won't get to see much of the city... but you can 'feel' the hectic life in the city and things happening around the city. Nicely done.

Overall an enjoyable movie, probably one of better romantic comedy to come out in recent years. I had good laughs constantly and would recommend this movie if you're on a date. It's NOT like one of those sappy movie that guys are forced to watch in agony. This movie WILL appeal to both sexes. Eventough you're not into romantic comedy, it is still an enjoyable movie to watch. :)

Ratings (Scale of 1 to 5, 5 being the highest)

Cast : 3.5
Sound : 3
Picture : 3
Storyline: 3.8 [Predictable but enjoyable]

OVERALL : 3.9
posted by Ivan Choe, 11:23 am

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