Hitch (2005, USA) C-118m. SCOPE *** D: Andy Tennant. Starring Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Kevin James, Amber Valletta, Julie Ann Emery, Robinne Lee, Nathan Lee Graham, Adam Arkin, Michael Rapaport. Smith's job is to help men conquer their dream dates. His latest client, overweight, self-conscious James, is hopelessly in love with seemingly out-of-reach bombshell Valletta. Then Hitch falls in love himself - with beautiful, independent journalist Mendes. Romantic comedy works thanks to surehanded direction by Tennant and a powerhouse performance by Smith. However, it's James who gets the most laughs. Undermined somewhat by superfluous final 15 minutes.


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