"Hitch" has all the right moves

Feb. 18, 2005, midnight | By Sayoh Mansaray | 15 years, 11 months ago

Will Smith stars in a hilarious romantic comedy

Remember back in the day when Will Smith used to make us bust a gut laughing at the jokes he made on "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air?” Well, he's still got it.

Smith stars in the newly released romantic comedy "Hitch,” a hilarious film that is definitely worth the $6.75 movie ticket price. Smith plays Alex "Hitch” Hitchens, a suave ladies' man who makes a living helping less talented men bag the women of their dreams. In the film, Hitch tackles one of his hardest cases: getting rich heiress Allegra Cole (Amber Valleta) to notice and fall in love with regular guy Albert Brennaman (Kevin James), who is working on her finances. While Hitch spins his magic for Albert, he is simultaneously trying to forge a romantic relationship with cynical gossip columnist Sarah Velas (Eva Mendes).

Director Andy Tennant ("Sweet Home Alabama,” "Ever After”) has created a great film, expertly weaving romance with comedy. The movie especially benefits from its casting. Smith and James have electrifying chemistry, which results in countless memorable scenes.

Besides the funny moments throughout the film, Smith also manages to play the emotional parts well. When Hitch spills his heart to Sarah in one scene, he makes the audience's hearts ache, even while he interweaves funny jokes.

Despite the film's great moments, there are still some less than stellar aspects. Mendes is okay in her role, but Sarah gets annoying halfway through the film, because Mendes does not add any dimension to her character. In the film there is some chemistry between Smith and Mendes, but Mendes adds no spark to her role.

Hitch is a hilariously funny movie due to Smith's incredible performance, and again, a great cast. Smith is likable and his acting feels genuine, a rarity in today's films. "Hitch” is a romantic comedy that feels good from start to finish, and is worth seeing again and again.

"Hitch” (1 hour and 55 minutes) is rated PG-13 for language and some strong sexual references. Area theaters.

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