Hitch is the perfect rom-com

Hitch (2005)
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars.
Directed by Andy Tennant.
Written by Kevin Bisch.
Starring: Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Kevin James.
Budget: $70 million.
Gross: $368.1 million

Hitch is a flawless romantic comedy with a unique concept, rich characterization, and strong performances from its three leads.

The intoxicating personality of Will Smith inhabits Alex Hitchens, a professional date doctor who helps nice guys get the attention of girls who typically wouldn’t notice them. His latest client (Kevin James) is his most ambitious project yet, desperately in love with the super model whose financial accounts he manages.

Eva Mendes plays Sara Melas, a gossip columnist, and the personification of the type of romantic cynic who wouldn’t enjoy this movie.

“Because,” asks Hitchens, “who’s gonna believe that there’s a man out there that can sit down beside a woman he doesn’t know and genuinely be interested in who she is, what she does, without his own agenda?”

“I wouldn’t even know what that would look like,” responds Melas.

Indeed, most women have encountered more than their fair share of self-professed “nice guys” who introduce themselves like Hitchens but ultimately end up behaving like Vance Munson. Jeffrey Donovan portrays your typical misogynist. “Power suit, power tie, power steering.” A confident pig with all the right words, but whose end-goal is just to get laid.

Unfortunately for both genders, the Munsons of the world tend to spoil dating for everybody, turning good girls off to good guys and leaving both sides in a self-propagating whirlpool of cynicism.

Thus is the premise of Melas’s inner conflict. To accept Hitch’s advances as genuine, or write him off as one the asshats she has had enough of. And, just like real life, even when both halves of the couple are good people with good intentions, a breakdown in communication can still come close to ruining things.

Every moment of the movie is enjoyable. The romance never feels forced or hokey. The duty of comedic relief is evenly shared by every character, with no single one of them laying it on too thick. The morals of the story are numerous and well conveyed.

I have probably seen this classic north of thirty or forty times, and it truly never grows old.