Paper: A Review of Hitch, a Romantic Comedy Movie by Andy Tennant

Enter Albert (Kevin James), a beefy klutz that is enamored with the unattainable woman of his dreams, Allegra Cole (Amber Valletta). The problem lies that not only is she incredibly wealthy beyond belief, but also that she's endowed with such a celebrity status that every move she makes garners a new front page headline. Sure, in real life an average joe like Albert wouldn't stand a chance with Allegra, but the movie's romance allows it to be convincing, regardless of its improbability. Albert's success manages to catch the eye of Sara (Eva Mendes), a jaded gossip columnist who's determined to expose the secrets that underlie our lovable schlub. Plus, one of her friends was duped by a man affiliated with the “date doctor," and Sara is in a bloody rage, determined to exalt revenge. But, wouldn't you know it, through the medium of chance, she runs into Hitch and while romance is. blossoming (through a series of hilarious dates chocked full of blunders), we already know that an irrational evil will ensue, with heartache and heartbreak representing the main foods for thought. However, there are a few downfalls presented as well. In some parts, you truly feel the movie is overstretched out (as 119 minutes serves notice for romantic overkill), and for all the talk about winning people over by letting them see the real you, with the exception of the token fat guy, this movie still winds up with beautiful people ending up with other beautiful people. Also, Will Smith throws in another stock “Aw, hell no!" phrase which is starting to rank up there with Arnold's “I'll be back" and Keanu's "Whoa." But, for all its pitfalls, this romantic comedy still works. The real mystery in "Hitch" is how a comedy so formulaic can be so seductive. The answer has a lot to do with intangible qualities like chemistry and charisma, as well as the gullible heart's strange power to override the arduous objections of the skeptical mind....