Smith. Eva Mendes. Romantic comedy.
A dating ‘consultant’ assists a client in landing a
nearly unbelievable girlfriend; all the while he is struggling with
his own relationship issues.
This was a very charming, pleasant romantic comedy. It isn’t
going to induce any mental exercises, but it is very light and enjoyable.
Alex Hitchens (Will Smith) is a referral-only dating consultant.
It’s hard to believe he can maintain any standard of living
in NYC with such a practice, but the film is a romantic comedy that
was released just before Valentine’s Day, so some suspension
of disbelief is in order.
latest client is Albert (Kevin James), an accountant with an eye
for one of the city’s most eligible bachelorettes, Allegra
(Amber Valletta). Albert is unrefined at best, but after some coaching
from Hitch, he is ready to enter the fray.
Hitch meets a gossip columnist at one of the city’s newspapers,
Sara. She is jaded and bitter, and doesn’t believe in the
urban myth surrounding the ‘dating doctor.’ She is extremely
aloof and repels most of Hitch’s advances.
a comedy with a running time of just under 2 hours, so you should
be able to figure out where things are headed. But the chemistry
between Mendes and Smith is good, and the scenes between James and
Smith are excellent, particularly when Hitch is demonstrating to
Albert how ‘not to dance.’
a fairly innocuous PG-13 film, with only one really objectionable
expletive. This film isn’t going to win any accolades, but
it was definitely an enjoyable matinee.