Number 1000!!! Friday, October 28th - Larry H. publishes his one thousandth movie review 1997-2020
Released:  February 11, 2005
I know I'm a week late in seeing this movie, but I've been busy. Supposedly this flick sold 45 million dollars worth of tickets in the first three days. I was shocked when I read that in the paper. Now I know why.

There were about 20 people in the noon audience today which is a lot for a second Friday. Will Smith stars as the Manhattan Date Doctor that helps men get dates and treat women the way they want to be treated and he also is one of the Executive Producers so he is raking it in on this one. And it will continue to be a box office hit all the way through the DVD stage. The script is clever and it has a feel of charm throughout. If you want to see a modern-day romance, then this is the movie for you. And it's funny. I laughed a lot; some might call it a guffaw.

After the first few scenes, I thought I was going to be bored and might have to leave early, but then Smith's "Hitch" started doing his thing and the story was interesting and even hilarious when Kevin "King of Queens" James arrived on the screen as the hapless accountant who wanted Hitch's help to land a date with a rich celebrity (Amber Valleta). Meanwhile, another plot thickens with Hitch chasing his own love interest (Eva Mendes) who also happens to be a gossip columnist. The two couples weave a web of confusion and contradiction but not to worry too much in this light hearted comedy romance. Only after the movie was over did I notice that the men were buffoonish and the women were rich, powerful, and smarter...but nice in a "There's Something About Mary" kind of way.

Will Smith still sports a chiseled body and big guns which made me wonder if he ever "juiced up" with former Major League Baseball player Jose Conseco. When I was running the streets, the only 'roids we had were Polaroids and that's my story. Rock 'n Roll.

Grade 89. Larry H.
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