A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Love conquers all. While some would say that the techniques and methods that Hitch teaches to socially awkward men as a "date doctor" is manipulative and creepy, Hitch makes the argument that what he's doing is giving nice guys a chance to find love in the cruel world of dating, and he has the thank you cards and wedding pictures to prove it.
Positive Role Models
Characters go through most of the movie as cynics who don't believe in enduring love, or are too one-dimensional to be role models.
Violence & Scariness
Comic peril. A sleazy guy is kicked in the crotch by the lead female character. The lead character jumps on the roof of his love interest's car to try and win her love -- he's thrown off the car and rolls off the hood and onto the street -- no serious injuries. One character tries choking the other during a misunderstanding.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Talk of an unpleasant one-night stand. References made to lead character's prowess with seducing women. A sleazy character openly admits that he just wants to use a woman for sex.
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Occasional strong language, including "f--k." "A--hole," "s--t," "pissing," "ass," "goddamn." Sleazy guy talks to lead character about how he just wants to "bang" a girl he's attracted to.
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Products & Purchases
Altoids, Benadryl, Krispy Kreme, and Grey Goose vodka mentioned by name or shown in some of the scenes.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking in bars. A woman chugs a bottle of wine while in the middle of an argument with a potential romantic interest.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hitch is a 2005 romantic comedy in which Will Smith plays a "date doctor" who falls in love with a gossip columnist. Hitch starts out the movie as a suave "pick-up artist" who teaches socially awkward guys how to meet and woo the girl of their dreams. As the movie goes on, it debates whether "date doctors" like him are manipulative creeps teaching underhanded techniques to lonely guys, or if what he's offering is a chance for nice guys who never seem to "get the girl" to overcome their shyness and lack of self-confidence and get dates. The answer to this debate, borne out of the direct experiences of the characters in the movie, suggests that love and attraction can't be won with formulas and guidelines. There's one male character who is very sleazy and tries to enlist Hitch to help him "bang" a woman for a one-night stand. There is some profanity, including "f--k." A woman chugs a bottle of wine while in the middle of an argument with a potential romantic interest. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It's all familiar, and enjoyable, romantic comedy territory -- evasions, followed by complications, humiliations, the course of true love not running smoothly, and then a bit more smoothly. And then not smoothly again. Kevin James is wonderfully sweet and funny. His uninhibited dance is sublime, but so is the look on his face when he hands the heiress a pen, almost overcome by the thrill of giving her something.
The movie's biggest asset is Smith, who has everything it takes to be a romantic comedy superstar. His timing is perfection and he masters all kinds of comedy -- physical and verbal, high and low. No one is better at talking to the camera than he is. Mendes' lackluster performance is the result of a faulty script that leaves promising set-ups unfinished to pursue less interesting ideas. If it does not knock it out of the park, it at least qualifies as a triple, a pleasant date movie with one great performer, several laughs, and a couple of smiles.
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