A Wholesome Heart with a Hitch
Starring: Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Kevin
James, Amber Valletta, Michael
Rapaport, and Adam Arkin
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 116 minutes
Distributor: Columbia Pictures/Sony
Director: Andy Tennant
Executive Producer: Michael Tadross and Wink
Producer: James Lassiter, Will Smith and
Writer: Kevin Bisch
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After some very funny scenes of Hitch instructing different types of hopeless men in winning over their true love, the story focuses on the most impossible situation of all. Fat, klutzy, sloppy accountant Albert is in love at a distance with the glamorous, wealthy celebrity Allegra Cole. In helping Albert change his image while he tries to woo Allegra, Hitch meets his own match in a street-smart, cynical reporter Sara Melas. All of Hitch’s skills and savior faire disappear when he is around Sara. He becomes the klutzy person that he teaches others not to be. He even kicks her in the head accidentally on their first date and has a great difficulty talking to her, although he is usually a commanding, persuasive speaker.
Sara herself has closed herself off to relationships, but she falls for the bumbling Hitch until she finds out that he’s THE famous date doctor. Then, she puts out a column on the front page of the newspaper exposing his guidance of Albert. Albert is embarrassed, Allegra is furious, Hitch is found out and can no longer get any clients, and Sara won’t talk to Hitch anymore. At this point, Hitch, has to dig deep into himself to find out who he really is.
There are many moral virtues expounded in this movie. Hitch tells one playboy in no uncertain terms that he will not help him have a one-night stand. He is trying to help people have permanent relationships. Hitch learns something about honesty, integrity and being yourself in order to truly have a permanent relationship.
That said, very regrettably, the movie has some “f” words and profanities which did not need to be there. Furthermore, there are some racy discussions of sex and a morning-after scene in bed. There are also some homosexual allusions and a homosexual character. Also, some of the women in the date bars are very provocatively dressed.
Underneath this thin veneer of the 21st Century lies a great movie trying to get out. If this movie had been toned down just a little bit, it would have been suitable for teenagers because it delivers a good message. Although it is a Romantic story, it communicates that you have to work at a relationship. The follow-your-heart message is balanced with the understanding that you need to develop some moral virtues to do just that.
Regarding the production values, Will Smith’s timing and delivery are impeccable in this movie. The direction by Andy Tennant is sharp. The music is terrific. And, the dialogue is hilarious.
It should be noted that neither Will Smith nor Eva Mendes are matinee idols. This may work for the movie, although often audiences just don’t show up unless there is a higher degree of glamour. That may be okay because of the hedonism on the surface of this movie, but, underneath, the heart and humor are terrific.
There are many moral virtues in this very funny movie. Hitch learns that honesty, integrity and being yourself are crucial if you want to truly have a permanent relationship with the woman of your dreams. Will Smith’s timing and delivery are impeccable, the direction is sharp, and the dialogue is hilarious. The movie contains gratuitous foul language, however, including “f” words, and there are racy discussions of sex, some homosexual allusions and some women dressed very provocatively.