“Hitch” was the 2005 romantic comedy starring Will Smith as professional dating consultant, Alex “Hitch” Hitchens. Hitch runs a successful business helping average guys navigate the rough world of New York romance.
Hitch helps his clients land dates with their dream girls because he understands women: how to get their attention, how to seem heroic in their eyes, what to say and what definitely not to say to them.
Ya know, I really could have used a guy like Hitch in High School.
Anyways, Hitch’s latest client Albert (Kevin James), is in love with the rich, powerful and beautiful Allegra (Amber Valletta). But Albert doubts she would ever date a shy overweight accountant, but that’s where Hitch comes in.
But one love story wasn’t enough for this movie, so we also see Hitch falling in love with Sara Melas (Eva Mendes), a gossip columnist who is doing a story about the famous dating consultant. Of course, Hitch doesn’t know she’s writing an expose about him, but that’s another story.
I think that about covers the plot of the film for the most part. But going to see this movie, turned out to be an adventure of its own. A few friends and I decided to make “Hitch” our Tuesday Movie Night, meaning we saw the movie on february 15. The date is important because it happens to be my friend Ali’s birthday. Back then, while most people made a big deal about February 14th, I was usually more focused on her birthday.
Since Tuesday Movie Night coincided with Ali’s big day, we decided to grab an early dinner before the movie. Ali, her sister Caitlin, Barbara, Hedie, Wah Kee, and I, would meet at the Friendly’s inside the Hanover Mall. Now that I think about it, we really should have taken Ali to a nicer place for her birthday. But in my defense, we did do that the following year.
Anywho, I drove by myself to the mall, but for some reason I decided to take the highway that afternoon. This was rare for me, because at that time of the day, Route 3 south is basically a parking lot, so I usually took back roads to the movies.
As I was driving on the highway, I suddenly heard a loud pop, but the car didn’t feel any different, so I kept going. When I finally arrived at the mall, I realized I’d been driving on a flat tire for about 15 minutes.
Too be honest, I was more concerned about possibly missing “Hitch” than I was about the damn tire. So I frantically searched for my AAA card, only to realize it had expired at the beginning of the year. Luckily, my friend Wah Kee had his card, and he called AAA for me. They said it would take about an hour, so we joined the others at Friendly’s.
I was just about to take a bite of my chicken parm melt when my cell phone rang, it was AAA letting me know they were there. I gave Ali one of her gifts. and rushed outside. By the time the tow truck guy was fixing my tire, Ali and the others were headed for the movie theater across the street. Wah Kee and I waited for the AAA guy to finish, then jumped into his car and raced to the theater.
Kee and I didn’t quite make it though. By the time we arrived inside, Hitch was already meeting with Albert on the steps of a building. We had missed the entire opening of the film, but I have to give the movie credit. The plot was structured in a way that made it easy for us to catch up, and by the time the movie was over, we didn’t feel like we missed anything.
“Hitch” turned out to be a surprisingly good movie. I laughed my head off in several spots, like when Will Smith drop kicks Eva Mendes in the face. I also found myself relating to Albert more than I would have liked. The cast was terrific, and I really bought that Will Smith was falling for Eva Mendes. Even the Albert and Allegra story was funny and sweet in a way.
Whether the movie was that funny, or it was just the right movie at the right time, I don’t know. All I do know, I liked “Hitch” enough to buy it on dvd when it came out. But even if I hadn’t liked the movie, February 15, 2005 was one heck of a memorable night.