• 12
  • Andy Tennant (2005)
  • US
  • 113 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

Will Smith puts his easy charm to good use in this flimsy but appealing New York-set romantic comedy from Sweet Home Alabama director Andy Tennant. Smith plays a professional romantic adviser, who discreetly helps ordinary guys date the women of their dreams. When talk of Hitch's success reaches the ears of gossip columnist Eva Mendes, she is determined to expose the anonymous cupid, unaware that he's also the mishap-prone suitor trying to win her heart. Initially, the film feels fresh and buoyant, thanks to a sleek script and genuine chemistry between its attractive leads. It's witty, full of romantic wisdom and makes up for in laughs what it lacks in substance. There's also strong support, with Kevin James (Paul Blart: Mall Cop) almost stealing the show as Smith's goofy client. Unfortunately, as the overlong tale hits its final third, it abruptly loses its spark, and sharp and sassy is replaced by conventional and lazy.

Plot Summary

Comedy starring Will Smith and Eva Mendes. Alex "Hitch" Hitchens is a professional and deliberately anonymous New York "date doctor" who helps male clients woo the women of their dreams. But his success leads to trouble when tenacious gossip columnist Sara Melas decides to unmask him.

Cast and crew


Alex "Hitch" Hitchens
Will Smith
Sara Melas
Eva Mendes
Albert Brennaman
Kevin James
Allegra Cole
Amber Valletta
Julie Ann Emery
Michael Rapaport
Max Trundle
Adam Arkin


Andy Tennant

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Columbia TriStar
Edited for violence and language.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 4 Mar 2005
Certificate 12

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