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 Other Guys

  • Directors: Adam McKay
  • Producers:
  • Writers: Chris Henchy, Adam McKay
  • Genres: Action, Comedy
  • Actors: Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell, Dwayne Johnson, Samuel L Jackson, Eva Mendes, Michael Keaton, Steve Coogan

Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell) and Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg) are partnered NYPD detectives who work in the forensic accounting department and rarely see any action. Gamble is more than happy with his job while Hoitz has been assigned against his will after a public incident with his quick trigger finger. They idolize the city’s top cops Danson (Dwayne Johnson) and Manzetti (Samuel L. Jackson), but when an opportunity arises for Gamble and Hoitz to step up, things do not quite go as expected.

Once Upon a Time in Mexico

  • Directors: Robert Rodriguez
  • Producers: Robert Rodriguez, Elizabeth Avellan, Carlos Gallardo
  • Writers: Robert Rodriguez
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Drama, Thriller, Western
  • Actors: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Johnny Depp, Mickey Rourke, Eva Mendes, Danny Trejo, Enrique Iglesias, Marco Leonardi, Cheech Marin, Julio Oscar Mechoso, Tito Larriva, and Willem Dafoe

The plot centers on El Mariachi (Banderas), who is recruited by CIA Agent Sands (Depp) to kill General Marquez. Marquez had murdered El Mariachi’s wife Carolina (Hayek) and child and has been hired by Mexican drug lord Armando Barillo to assassinate the Mexican President. Sands wants El Mariachi to kill Marquez after Marquez has killed the President. Sands recruits retired FBI Agent Jorge Ramirez to kill Barillo, as Barillo had been responsible for the death of Ramirez’s partner, Agent Archuleta. Sands also hires AFN Agent Ajedrez to tail Barillo.

As the plot unfolds, Cucuy and informants begin to turn on El Mariachi and Sands. On the day of the coup against the President, Sands is captured, tortured, and blinded; his eyes having been drilled out by his captors after Ajedrez reveals herself to be Barillo’s daughter. With the help of a young gum-selling boy, however, he manages to exact his revenge. Meanwhile, El Mariachi recruits his two friends, Lorenzo and Fideo, to assist him in rescuing the President. Much like Quino and Campa from Desperado, Lorenzo and Fideo also wield weapon guitar cases; in this case, Lorenzo wields a flame thrower, while Fideo has an RC Remote Bomb, which are able to destroy heavy armored vehicles. El Mariachi kills Marquez by shooting both his kneecaps and then shooting him in the head, avenging his lost wife and daughter, and goes on to assist Ramirez in killing Barillo – who falls off a balcony when El Mariachi shoots him with a lupara.

The movie ends with El Mariachi walking on a desert road into the sunset.

Bad Lieutenant Port of Call New Orleans

  • Directors: Werner Herzog
  • Producers: Edward R Pressman, Alan Polsky, Gabe Polsky, Stephen Belafonte
  • Writers: William Finkelstein
  • Genres: Crime, Drama
  • Actors: Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer, Xzibit

Drawing elements from the original film, The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans features a crooked cop (Nicolas Cage) who is a drug addict and takes sexual favors as bribes.[5]

The main character is Terrence McDonagh, a New Orleans Police sergeant, who starts out as a good cop, receiving a medal and a promotion to lieutenant for heroism during Hurricane Katrina. During his heroic act, McDonagh injures his back and later becomes addicted to prescription pain medication. McDonagh struggles with addictions and finds himself involved with drug dealer Big Fate, who is suspected of murdering a family of African immigrants.[3]

The Spirit

  • Directors: Frank Miller
  • Producers: Michael Uslan, Deborah Del Prete, Gigi Pritzker
  • Writers: Comics, Will Eisner, Screenplay, Frank Miller
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Thriller
  • Actors: Gabriel Macht, Samuel L Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Eva Mendes, Dan Lauria, Sarah Paulson, Paz Vega, Stana Katic, Jaime King, Louis Lombardi

In Central City, rookie cop Denny Colt returns from the dead as the detective known only as the Spirit to fight crime. After he finds his nemesis, the Octopus, at the Central City mud flats, the femme fatale Sand Saref discovers two chests in a nearby pond. She tries to flee with both chests, but the Octopus shoots at her, snapping the line that connects the two chests together. After a fight with the Spirit, Octopus takes the remaining chest that Saref left behind and escapes with one of his thugs. The Octopus wants the mystical Blood of Heracles in order to become immortal and Sand Saref wants the treasure of the Argonauts, but both people end up with the wrong chest, Sand with the blood and the Octopus with the treasure of the Argonauts.

Ghost Rider

  • Directors: Mark Steven Johnson
  • Producers: Avi Arad, Stan Lee, David S Goyer
  • Writers: Mark Steven Johnson
  • Genres: Action, Fantasy, Thriller
  • Actors: Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Wes Bentley, Sam Elliott, Donal Logue, Matt Long, Peter Fonda, Brett Cullen, Raquel Alessi

In the American Old West, Mephistopheles (Peter Fonda) sends his bounty hunter of the damned, the Ghost Rider, to retrieve a contract for a thousand corrupt souls from the town of San Venganza. Because such a large amount of souls would cause Hell on Earth, the Rider refuses to give the contract and escapes Mephistopheles, later to hide the contract and himself.

A century and a half later, Mephistopheles reaches out to seventeen-year-old stunt motorcycle rider Johnny Blaze (Matt Long/Nicolas Cage), offering to cure his father’s lung cancer in exchange for Johnny’s soul. Johnny inadvertently signs the contract when a drop of his blood lands on it. His father’s cancer is cured, but he dies that same day in a horrific bike crash. Johnny accuses Mephistopheles of causing his father’s death, but Mephistopheles considers their contract fulfilled. Years later, Johnny has become a stunt rider famous for surviving disastrous feats.

Before a particularly dangerous new stunt, Johnny meets his childhood sweetheart Roxanne (Raquel Alessi/Eva Mendes), now a journalist, and holds a dinner date with her that evening. During the same time, Blackheart (Wes Bentley), Mephistopheles’ son, comes to Earth to find the lost contract and use its power to overcome his father. To ensure himself allies, he enlists the fallen angels known as the Hidden, a trio of demon spirits who represent three of the four elements — the water-demon Wallow (Daniel Frederiksen), the earth-demon Gressil (Laurence Breuls), and the air-demon Abigor (Mathew Wilkinson). In response, Mephistopheles makes Johnny the new Ghost Rider, offering Johnny his soul in return for defeating Blackheart. Therefore Johnny confronts Blackheart at a train station where the contract was once buried and kills Gressil while the others escape. On his way out of the station he uses his ‘Penance Stare’, an ability to sear the pain felt by all whom a person has harmed into the wrongdoer’s soul, on a mugger, leaving the man catatonic.

Mephistopheles appears and gives Johnny his soul, offering to terminate the burden of Ghost Rider. Johnny refuses, saying that he will use his power against Mephistopheles, and against all harm that comes to the innocent. Infuriated of being robbed of the power, Mephistopheles vows to make Johnny pay, to which Johnny in response recites his favorite saying: “You can’t live in fear”. Mephistopheles then disappears, taking Blackheart’s body with him. Johnny and Roxanne share words and a kiss at a tree marked to symbolize their relationship, whereupon Johnny rides into the sunset. Slade’s voice then acts as narrator to close the film.

2 Fast 2 Furious

  • Directors: John Singleton
  • Producers: Lee Mayes, Neal H Moritz
  • Writers: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas
  • Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller
  • Actors: Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Eva Mendes, Cole Hauser, James Remar, Chris Ludacris Bridges, Devon Aoki, Amaury Nolasco

Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker), the disgraced cop from the first film, is on the run because he let Dominic Toretto (played by Vin Diesel) escape. He goes to Miami to start a new life. Here he makes new friends Tej Parker (Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges) an ex-street racer and well-known car tuner Jimmy (Jin) as well as Suki (Devon Aoki) – also a street racer. O’Conner is now known by his street name “Bullet” (a Steve McQueen reference), and competes with fellow street racers in high stakes races to win money utilizing the skills he learned as a member of Toretto’s now disbanded team.

One night after winning a race, he is caught by US Customs agents after his car is disabled by the fictional harpoon-like ESD (Electronic Disruption Device) that is deployed by US Customs Agent Markham (James Remar). He is arrested and his former boss FBI Agent Bilkins makes a deal with him saying that if he accepts to take part in a mission, his criminal record will be wiped clean.

O’Conner and Bilkins then travel to Barstow, California where O’Conner proposes the deal to his childhood friend and ex-con Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson). Together their mission involves working undercover as street racers for a South American (Argentine) drug lord – Carter Verone (Cole Hauser), with help from Monica Fuentes (Eva Mendes) an undercover U.S. Customs agent who becomes Carter’s love interest. They win a highly charged “audition” race and strike a deal with Verone, who stated, “Drive the package to the Keys and I’ll personally hand over 100Gs($100,000) at the finish line”. Roman Pearce requests that the prize be $100,000 for both himself and O’Conner.

Later on that night O’Conner and Pearce arrive at Verone’s nightclub so Verone can torture a police detective named Whitworth into keeping the local police away from O’Conner and Pearce so they may transport the money. The next morning they embark on the mission in their Mitsubishis with Verone’s money in the trunks and two of his henchmen riding along. During the transportation of Verone’s money the corrupt Detective Whitworth calls in the army of police units he has waiting nearby. During the chase they lead the police to a warehouse complex. The police surround the front of the garage area so O’Conner’s and Pearce’s street racer friends create a “scramble” diversion allowing O’Conner and Pearce to sneak away in the Camaro and Challenger to continue their mission and Brian allow Tej to drive his Evo VII and allow Suki to drive Roman’s Eclipse Spyder. First to be driven out from the garage were 4 Dodge Rams to ram the police cars, then hundreds of cars, including O’Conner and Pearce. As the drama unfolds, Verone tries to escape aboard his yacht after informing Monica that he knew she was an undercover U.S. Customs agent. While aboard the yacht he scolds her on her slip-up for informing U.S. Customs agents about Verone’s intention to flee the country via a secluded airfield. The finale occurs with O’Conner’s Camaro jumping off of a nearby ramp and landing on the top of the yacht to save Monica. At the end Verone is arrested and the duffel bags carrying his drug money are recovered by the FBI, save for an undisclosed amount secretly stolen by Pearce. As Monica walks away, she looks back to catch O’Conner’s eyes and gives him a meaningful smile. Brian surprisingly shows Pearce that he himself has stolen some of the money and then Pearce does the same, Pearce decides to stay in Miami with Brian and the latter suggests opening a garage with the stolen money.