I want to let you guys and gals in on a secret about me (Travis Gunn), I really enjoy romantic comedies and I’m not afraid to admit it. No matter how cheesy or how cliched some of them are, I tend to have the softest of spots for romance and humor fused as one. Maybe it is because of the semi-realistic vibes I tend to get from them or it’s the total opposite and the fantastical circumstances are what make you want to believe love truly exists. It’s that kind of cheesy, but honest mindset I have about one of my all-time favorite movies out there simply titled, Hitch (2005).
As a New York matchmaker, Alex “Hitch” Hitchens (Will Smith) finds his living through assisting men who desire to find love. Through Hitch’s practice, he comes across the good men of New York whom desire genuine affections from the ladies they fantasize about and break their barriers through the help Hitch’s often quirky, but genuine methods. In this journey for clients of love is that of one Albert Brennaman played by Kevin James of King of Queens fame. Together, they set off on the wild ride towards discovering love that enlists the help of goofy dancing, slaps in the face, and deep conversation and I can’t get enough of it.
There is something about a film that you can just pop into the blu-ray and as soon as the music plays through the speakers you feel…good. That feeling of pure happiness and simple bliss that makes you sink comfortably in your seat, that’s this movie. It also will always resonate with me because it’s relatable and I don’t mean the awkward confrontations with women or even the exceptionally confident ability to speak to women, but the elements of assisting others to discover what you desire as a man and person. That’s one of those themes in the film I feel deeply as this movie rolls on and it will stay rolling until I am six feet under dirt.
Not only that, but it is a romantic comedy that isn’t so deeply rooted into the genre of rom-coms that it feels paper thin in plot or style. Sure, it has over the top antics and the emotions you view in the genre, but it’s not what has been done first or last, but who executes it in the most efficient and beneficial ways. I love this movie because it resonates nicely with you. It’s like hearing a song for the first time and enjoying the beat, but it will always stay with you because of the lyrics and great songs are like movies where you will remember it for both a beat and a lyric (usually).
The acting is surefire with the charm and wit and timing of all the characters and it takes you in because of how human they are shown to be. They are given chips in their armor which brings humorous and often intimate views of human nature when it comes to understanding and the understanding of love.
Did the film likely intend such a deep message? Probably not, but that’s what makes movies so special. The subjective experiences we all have when we are sitting down enjoying films. The memories, the emotions, the sheer entertainment of films that make you feel. Hitch for me is this and then some and comes as one of my favorite, if not my favorite, of Will Smith’s collection. Sometimes less can be more and the simple comedic-romances like this are what a person needs to enjoy themselves for two hours. It also doesn’t hurt that Eva Mendes is like viewing a Cuban deity and the movie is endless quotable.
It should be no surprise that I am giving one of my all-time films an A+. This movie, along with my mother’s upbringing, is why I try my best to respect and care for the women around me whether strangers or family. It brings up points that can be brought into our everyday lives that we tend to ignore, and after seeing this movie over 100 times (exaggerating a little), those lessons aren’t going anywhere.
If you haven’t seen this classic from Will Smith go out and Netflix this right away! And if you want more vintage reviews, let me know in the comments and follow me on the main page! And remember…
“Life is not about the amount of breaths you take, but the amount moments that take your breath away…”