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Review Review by Ross Anthony

I'm on a plane over the United States. Chicago to LA. I had to pay two bucks for the headphones to see the in-flight flick - Hitch. I click them into the arm rest, turn my head to the overhead TV screen and stuff the airline supplied blanket behind the small of my back.

The film certainly feels cut up, especially nearer to the end -- edited perhaps to fit flight times -- so I can't consider this a legitimate review, but here goes.

After seeing the trailers for this film, I was less than impressed. The previews set me up for a silly film full of sight gags. And for sure, Hitch has its fair share of silly (alright more than its fair share of slapstick shtick). But surprisingly, the shtick isn't horribly silly and what's even more surprising is that "Hitch" has a depth of heart: light heart, schmaltzy heart, but always heart in the right place. Yeah, I'd even say it's sweet.

Secondly, though bumpy at times in follow-through (the emotive arch breaks momentum at times), the leads nail their parts and the dialogue snaps along quite well.

Very likeable and enjoyable for the most part, even endearing; though the film stumbles a bit in the telling. Hitch just barely swings into a B+ on charm.

  • Hitch. Copyright © 2005.
  • Starring Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Kevin James, Amber Valletta, Michael Rapaport, Adam Arkin.
  • Directed by Andy Tennant.
  • Screenplay by Kevin Bisch.
  • Produced by James Lassiter, Will Smith, Teddy Zee at Columbia/Overbrook.

Grade..........................B+ (2.5/4)

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