go the whole 100!"
men who have problems forming a relationship with a woman in New York, they now
have hope in the shape of Alex 'Hitch' Hitchens (Smith), a self proclaimed 'Date
Doctor'. With insights into the female form that most men could only dream, Hitch
has helped many find the girl of their dreams but with all his knowledge of the
opposite sex his own love life isn't as buoyant as his client's.
Smith takes a break from epic blockbusters and returns to his comedy roots but
can he remember what it is like to do a romantic comedy?
Fresh Prince has grown up since ending his hit TV series in 1996. Gaining Oscar
nominations, winning numerous awards and starring in some huge box office smashes,
Will Smith has become one of the biggest and most commercial stars working in
Hollywood today. Every film he is now involved in is a huge, commercial endeavour
and 'Hitch' is no different but it isn't his usual action, SFX filled affair.
As Alex 'Hitch' Hitchens, Smith is a 'Date Doctor', a man
who knows the ins and outs of woman and shows men how they should act to woo the
woman they adore. The role takes him back to his comedic roots and reminds us
what a range the actor has. He is one of those people you cannot help but like,
meaning that his character is easy to connect and emphasis with. It is a role
that Smith excels in and the film is better than it should have been for it.
the female lead is an up and coming actress that is as talented as she is beautiful.
Eva Mendes has made a name for herself playing strong female roles but she has
a gift for romantic comedies. As Sara, she is a career driven journalist who doesn't
have time for a man in her life until Alex tries to sweep her off her feet. This
is a role that Eva Mendes can excel in, as she is not just the natural beauty
that she is but also a woman that is intelligent and independent, making her a
strong female character.
The supporting cast is also good.
Kevin James moves onto the big screen with ease to play Albert, the lowly accountant
that has fallen for a beautiful heiress, who is way out of his league, or so he
thinks. With the help of Hitch, his true colours get the chance to emerge and
he might actually have the chance of been noticed. James grabs the role with both
hands making Albert instantly likeable and extremely easy to get behind. He brings
hope to all the geeky but nice men out there who just want to be noticed. Amber
Valletta is Allegra Cole, the object of Albert's affections and a high society
heiress who is constantly hounded by the paparazzi. She is a woman who lives her
life through the media but no one really knows who she is until she meets Albert.
The role could have been so easy to play as bitchy and self centred but Valletta
makes her appealing and not repulsive, making you understand why Albert likes
While 'Hitch' might not bring anything new to the genre, the
premise and the cast make it an excellent date movie. Will Smith and Eva
Mendes excel, even though the story becomes extremely sugar coated during
the finale, the movie has enough for both sexes to enjoy and it brings a
little bit of hope to all those single men who long to be noticed.
PICTURE & SOUND
Presented in Anamorphic Widescreen 2.40:1 with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround
sound, the movie is presented very well.
Gag Reel (3.49 mins)
Watch Will Smith and the rest of the cast make a complete hash of their
Deleted Scenes (13.44 mins)
Entitled 'Hitch meets Cressida', 'I could use a bathroom' and 'Film opening
with George Fenton score', these deleted or extended scenes are accompanied
by intros from director Andy Tennant.
Dance steps made easy (8.18 mins)
Director Andy Tennant and stars Will Smith and Kevin James take you behind
the scenes of dance scene between Hitch and Albert. Here we see Kevin
James' hilarious improv dance moves with names like 'slow thriller' and
his own take on the 'Moonwalk'.
I Love New York (6.50 mins)
Director Andy Tennant, executive producer Michael Tadross, producer James
Lassiter and stars Will Smith, Amber Valletta, Kevin James and Eva Mendes
take you behind the scenes of the New York locations used in the movie.
Here we see Downtown, Ellis Island, Sky Studios, Battery Park and Fulton
Hitch Style (6.33 mins)
Director Andy Tennant, costumes designer Marlene Stewart and stars Will
Smith, Kevin James and Amber Valletta take a look at the clothes worn
in 'Hitch'. The group talk about creating a look for each of the characters
and how Will Smith had a hand in Hitch's 1980s look.
The Dating Experts (11.22 mins)
Director Andy Tennant and star Will Smith are joined by dating expects
and life coaches to talk about the basic principles of dating. The group
discuss body language, communication, what women are looking for, best
friends approval and the all important first kiss.
Will Smith's Carpet Race (3.53 mins)
On February 22nd 2005, Will Smith attempted to break the Guinness World
Record for the most public appearances in 12 hours by a film star. This
is how he got on.
Music Video by Amerie '1 Thing' (3.58 mins)
Watch the promotional music video for Amerie's song that featured in the
Previews of 'Are we there yet?', 'Man of the House', 'Spanglish, 'Little
Black Book' and 'Bewitched'.
Sony has done a decent job with the DVD transfer of 'Hitch'. The featurette
are informative and fun, the deleted scenes could have easily been added
into the film but the director explains their removal and the gag reel
is very funny. The only minus point is the lack of a commentary track.
Fans of the movie will be pleased however and for those who missed it
at the cinema, 'Hitch' is a really good rental choice.
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