Hitch

  • Directors: Andy Tennant
  • Producers: James Lassiter, Will Smith, Teddy Zee
  • Writers: Kevin Bisch
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance
  • Actors: Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Kevin James, Amber Valletta

Alex “Hitch” Hitchens (Will Smith) is a professional “date doctor”, or consultant as Hitch terms himself, who coaches other men in the art of having the perfect date with the woman of their dreams.

At the start of the film Hitch is helping three guys get the girl of their dreams. Hitch tells tips and reveals that three dates is all he needs to get you to the first kiss.

In a flashback scene it is revealed that Hitch, a then-nerd, dated a girl in college who cheated on him and broke his heart; this moved him to become a date doctor to help men who are as hopeless with women as he once had been.

While coaching one of his clients, Albert Brennaman (Kevin James), who is smitten with celebrity Allegra Cole (Amber Valletta), Hitch finds himself falling for Sara Melas (Eva Mendes), a gossip columnist who is determined to unmask and ruin the so-called date doctor after one of his “clients” (with whom Hitch refused to work, unknown to Sara) had a one night stand with her best friend, Casey. However, where Albert and Allegra’s relationship continues to progress, Hitch finds that, despite his being a master of the art, none of his tried and tested methods works for him.

In the end, Albert and Allegra get married and celebrate their marriage with Hitch and Sara, who are also together again. Casey is sitting alone and a old woman comes up to her, asking her “Where’s your date?” She answers with “I don’t have one.” The old lady later eats a cherry (presumably) and chokes on it. Casey saves her when her grandchild comes and she tells him to ask her to dance. As they go off, the old grandma gives Hitch a wink, which he returns. Hitch, reflecting on love’s unpredictability, addresses the audience in the last line: “Basic principles… There are none”.

The Bounty Hunter

  • Directors: Andy Tennant
  • Producers: Neal H Moritz
  • Writers: Sarah Thorp
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Romance
  • Actors: Jennifer Aniston, Gerard Butler

Milo Boyd (Gerard Butler), a down-on-his-luck bounty hunter, gets his dream job when he is assigned to track down his bail-jumping ex-wife, reporter Nicole Hurly (Jennifer Aniston). He thinks all that’s ahead is an easy payday, but when Nicole gives him the slip so she can chase a lead on a murder cover-up, Milo realizes that nothing ever goes simply with him and Nicole. The exes continue to one-up each other until they find themselves on the run for their lives. If they thought their promise to love, honor and obey was tough, staying alive is going to be a whole lot tougher.

Sweet Home Alabama

  • Directors: Andy Tennant
  • Producers: David Brown, Michael Tolkin
  • Writers: Douglas J Eboch, C Jay Cox
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance
  • Actors: Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas, Patrick Dempsey, Fred Ward, Candice Bergen, Mary Kay Place

The story is a love triangle involving two childhood Alabama sweethearts who married but became estranged, Jake Perry (Josh Lucas) and Melanie Smooter (Reese Witherspoon), and Melanie’s longtime boyfriend Andrew Hennings (Patrick Dempsey).

Melanie is a successful fashion designer. When she becomes engaged to Andrew, the son of the mayor of New York City (Candice Bergen), Melanie announces that she has to go back home alone to Alabama to tell her parents in person. Her private reason is to demand a divorce from Jake. She has not told Andrew that she is still married.

Jake refuses to divorce her until she goes down to the bar and gets really drunk. She begins to spill everyone’s secrets, the more important of them being Bobby Ray’s homosexuality and her pregnancy with Jake that was the cause of their split, which Jake has yet to get over. Jake takes her out of the bar, and refusing to let her drive home in her current state, takes her keys off her, says goodnight to his ‘hot date,’ and drives her home. When she wakes up the next morning, the divorce papers are laying on her bed signed by Jake.

Melanie learns that Jake had once gone to New York City to try to find her, to say sorry and to tell her that he loved her. That night they go to a dance, on her way out she sees the sign saying “dog cemetery.” She goes down to say an emotional goodbye and to apologize to Bear. Jake sees her heading in that direction and slowly makes his way there. Melanie is saying “…I bet you sat there wondering what you had done wrong” and to announce his presence, Jake says “I told him it was my fault.” They proceed to sit down and talk about the baby they lost and have the conversation they should have had years ago had they wanted to stay together for the years in between. Jake gives a blessing for Melanie to have a good life with Andrew, but Melanie says she can’t do it and they kiss. For a moment Jake goes along with it, but he appreciates that they aren’t married anymore and he pushes her away and tells her to go home.

As the credits roll, the audience can see pictures of after the wedding. They see that Melanie and Jake have a little girl, they have opened a shop in a city and are living quite happily together.