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Movies That Inspired That Love Podcast: Hitch (2005)

"Hitch is a 2005 romantic comedy film directed by Andy Tennant and starring Will Smith as Alex 'Hitch' Hitchens, a professional dating consultant who helps men improve their romantic relationships with women. The film also features Eva Mendes as Sara Melas, a gossip columnist who falls for Hitch while investigating his business.

The story follows Hitch as he navigates his own love life and helps a bumbling accountant named Albert (played by Kevin James) woo the woman of his dreams, Allegra Cole (Amber Valletta). Along the way, Hitch and Sara develop a romantic connection of their own, but their relationship is threatened when Sara discovers Hitch's true profession.

The film was a commercial success, grossing over $368 million worldwide, and was generally well-received by critics. It was praised for its charismatic performances, witty humor, and heartwarming story, making it a beloved favorite among fans of the romantic comedy genre."


  • Will Smith as Alex "Hitch" Hitchens

  • Eva Mendes as Sara Melas

  • Kevin James as Albert Brennaman

  • Amber Valletta as Allegra Cole

  • Julie Ann Emery as Casey Sedgewick

  • Adam Arkin as Max

  • Robinne Lee as Cressida Baylor

  • Nathan Lee Graham as Geoff

  • Michael Rapaport as Ben

  • Jeffrey Donovan as Vance Munson

  • Paula Patton as Mandy

  • Kevin Sussman as Neil

  • Joe Lo Truglio as Music Lover Guy

  • Cesar di Parra as Columbia University Flyers Guy

  • Ato Essandoh as Tanis


  • The film had a production budget of $70 million.

  • Aishwarya Rai was originally offered the role of Cressida, but had to decline due to scheduling conflicts.

  • The working title for the film was "The Last First Kiss," referencing a line from the movie.

  • Filming locations included Morningside Heights, Manhattan, Columbia University, Ellis Island, the Fulton Fish Market, Wall Street Bull, and the North Cove Marina.


  • Box office: "Hitch" opened at number one at the box office and grossed $43,142,214 during its opening weekend.

  • Critical reception: Reviews for the movie were positive, with a 69% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 180 critics. The site's consensus reads: "Despite its predictability, Will Smith and Kevin James deliver solid, warmhearted performances."

Reasons to Watch This Movie:

Hitch" is a must-watch movie for anyone who enjoys romantic comedies. The film is a perfect blend of humor, romance, and drama, making it a feel-good movie that leaves audiences feeling satisfied and entertained.

One of the key reasons to watch "Hitch" is the fantastic performances from its lead actors, Will Smith and Kevin James. Smith's portrayal of Alex "Hitch" Hitchens is both charismatic and endearing, as he plays the role of a professional dating consultant who helps men improve their relationships with women. Meanwhile, James' character, Albert Brennaman, provides plenty of comic relief and heart as the bumbling but lovable accountant who seeks Hitch's help in wooing the woman of his dreams.

In addition to the outstanding performances, "Hitch" also boasts a heartwarming story that explores the ups and downs of romantic relationships. The film touches on themes of trust, honesty, and vulnerability, as well as the importance of communication and self-improvement in any successful relationship. These themes are portrayed with humor and sincerity, making "Hitch" a truly enjoyable and thought-provoking movie.

Finally, it's worth noting that "Hitch" was both a commercial and critical success, grossing over $368 million worldwide and receiving positive reviews from both critics and audiences. This speaks to the film's universal appeal and its ability to connect with viewers from all walks of life.

Overall, if you're looking for a romantic comedy that is both entertaining and meaningful, then "Hitch" is definitely a movie worth watching. Its charming performances, heartwarming story, and universal appeal make it a feel-good movie that will leave you feeling satisfied and uplifted.

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