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 Karate Kid

  • Directors: Harald Zwart
  • Producers: Jerry Weintraub, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, James Lassiter, Ken Stovitz
  • Writers: Screenplay, Christopher Murphey, Story, Robert Mark Kamen
  • Genres: more
  • Actors: Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith

12 year old Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) could’ve been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother’s (Taraji P. Henson) latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying – and the feeling is mutual – but cultural differences make such a friendship impossible. Even worse, Dre’s feelings make an enemy of a class bully, Cheng. In the land of kung fu, Dre only knows a little karate, and Cheng puts The Karate Kid on the floor with ease. With no friends in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn but maintenance man Mr. Han (Jackie Chan), who is secretly a master of kung fu. As Mr. Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not all about punches and parries, but maturity and calm, Dre realizes that facing down the bullies will be the fight of his life.

The Secret Life of Bees

  • Directors: Gina Prince Bythewood
  • Producers: Lauren Shuler Donner, Will Smith, James Lassiter, Joe Pichirallo, Overbrook Entertainment
  • Writers: Gina Prince Bythewood, Sue Monk Kidd
  • Genres: Drama
  • Actors: Dakota Fanning, Queen Latifah, Paul Bettany, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Sophie Okonedo, Tristan Wilds, Hilarie Burton

Set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens (Dakota Fanning), a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother (Deborah Owens, played by Hilarie Burton). To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father (T. Ray, played by Paul Bettany), Lily flees with Rosaleen (Jennifer Hudson), her caregiver and only friend, to a South Carolina town that holds the secret to her mother’s past. Taken in by the intelligent and independent Boatwright sisters – August (Queen Latifah), May (Sophie Okonedo) and June (Alicia Keys), Lily finds solace in their mesmerizing world of beekeeping.

Lakeview Terrace

  • Directors: Neil LaBute
  • Producers: Jeffrey Graup, James Lassiter, David Loughery, Will Smith
  • Writers: David Loughery, Howard Korder
  • Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • Actors: Patrick Wilson, Kerry Washington, Samuel L Jackson

Single father and LAPD officer, Abel Turner (Samuel L. Jackson) lives in Lakeview Terrace with his two children, Marcus, and Celia. A couple moves in to the house next door, Chris and Lisa Mattson (Patrick Wilson and Kerry Washington). Abel is noticeably disturbed to find that they are interracially married.

Chris readies to leave for work in the morning one day, and there is a blank parking ticket on his windshield, because his fender exceeds the line of the curb; signed “AT,” for Abel Turner. When Chris arrives home that night Abel approaches the car and pretends to be a car-jacker, and chides Chris for listening to rap music.

Later that week Chris and Lisa have sex in their swimming pool unaware that Abel’s children are watching. Abel arrives home to see this spectacle, and is upset. Abel angles his home security floodlights so they shine into Chris and Lisa’s window, keeping them awake, clearly meant to be payback for their carelessness.

Abel’s children are playing in their yard, and their ball goes into Chris and Lisa’s yard. Lisa works from home, and when they come over to retrieve their ball, Lisa strikes up a friendship with the kids, and asks them to bring their father over for a house-warming party they are having. The flood light problems continue and Lisa says she will talk to Abel.

Abel later enters their home, hoping to retrieve the criminal’s cell phone to avoid implication. Chris returns home, unexpectedly, and thanks Abel for helping him. Chris then discovers the attacker’s cell phone and calls it. When Abel answers he realizes he was behind the home invasion. Chris and Abel fight out to the street, and Abel shoots Chris in the shoulder after Chris provokes Abel by talking about his deceased wife. The police shoot Abel, and kill him. Chris and Lisa are reunited.

Seven Pounds

  • Directors: Gabriele Muccino
  • Producers: Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, James Lassiter, Will Smith, Steve Tisch
  • Writers: Grant Nieporte
  • Genres: Drama
  • Actors: Will Smith, Rosario Dawson, Woody Harrelson, Michael Ealy, Barry Pepper

Two years ago Tim Thomas (Will Smith) was in a car crash, which was caused by him using his mobile phone; seven people died: six strangers and his fiancée, Sarah Jenson (Robinne Lee).

A year after the crash, and having quit his job as an aeronautical engineer, Tim donates a lung lobe to his brother, Ben (Michael Ealy), an IRS employee. Six months later he donates part of his liver to a child services worker named Holly (Judyann Elder). After that he begins searching for more candidates to receive donations. He finds George (Bill Smitrovich), a junior hockey coach, and donates a kidney to him, and then donates bone marrow to a young boy named Nicholas (Quintin Kelley).

Two weeks before he dies he contacts Holly and asks if she knows anyone who deserves help. She suggests Connie Tepos (Elpidia Carrillo), who lives with an abusive boyfriend. Tim moves out of his house and into a local motel taking with him his pet box jellyfish. One night, after being beaten, Connie contacts Tim and he gives her the keys and deed to his beach house. She takes her two children and moves in to their new home.

Having stolen his brother’s credentials, and making himself known by his brother’s name Ben, he checks out candidates for his two final donations. The first is Ezra Turner (Woody Harrelson), a blind meat salesman who plays the piano. Tim calls Ezra Turner and harasses him at work to check if he is quick to anger. Ezra remains calm and Tim decides he is worthy.

His brother tracks him down to Emily’s house. Ben then demands that Tim return his IRS ID to him. Tim leaves and returns to the motel. He fills the bathtub with ice water to preserve his vital organs, climbs in, and then commits suicide by pulling his box jellyfish into the water with him. His friend Dan (Barry Pepper) acts as executor to ensure that his organs are donated to Emily and Ezra. Ezra Turner receives his corneas and Emily receives his heart. Afterwards, Emily meets Ezra at a concert and they begin to talk.

The Pursuit of Happyness

  • Directors: Gabriele Muccino
  • Producers: Will Smith, Steve Tisch, James Lassiter, Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal
  • Writers: Steven Conrad
  • Genres: Biography, Drama
  • Actors: Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Thandie Newton, Dan Castellaneta

In 1981, in San Francisco, the smart salesman and family man Chris Gardner invested the family savings in Osteo National bone-density scanners, an apparatus twice as expensive as an x-ray machine with practically the same resolution. The white elephant financially breaks the family, bringing troubles to his relationship with his wife, who leaves him and moves to New York. Without money or wife, but totally committed to his son Christopher, Chris sees the chance to fight for a stockbroker internship position at Dean Witter, fighting for a more promising career at the end of a six month – no salary – training period. There are twenty other candidates for the one position. Meanwhile, he encounters many challenges and difficulties, including a period of homelessness

Hancock

  • Directors: Peter Berg
  • Producers: Akiva Goldsman, James Lassiter, Michael Mann, Will Smith
  • Writers: Vince Gilligan, Vincent Ngo
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Crime, Fantasy, Thriller
  • Actors: Will Smith, Charlize Theron, Jason Bateman

John Hancock (Will Smith) is a drunkard with superhuman powers, including supersonic flight, invulnerability, immortality, and super-strength. Although he uses his powers to rescue people and stop criminals, his activities inadvertently cause millions of dollars in property damage due to his constant intoxication and cynical attitude. As a result, he is routinely jeered by the public and is considered a nuisance by the LAPD. Hancock frequently ignores court subpoenas and lawsuits from the city of Los Angeles to address the property damage he has caused.

When public relations spokesperson Ray Embrey (Jason Bateman) departs from an unsuccessful meeting pitching his All-Heart logo for corporations that want to be seen as charitable, he becomes trapped on railroad tracks facing collision with an oncoming freight train. Hancock saves Ray’s life at the cost of derailing the train and damaging other cars. Hancock is jeered by other drivers for causing more destruction, but Ray steps in and thanks Hancock for saving his life. Ray offers to improve Hancock’s public image, and Hancock grudgingly accepts. Ray convinces Hancock to turn himself in for his outstanding subpoenas so they can show Los Angeles how much the city really needs Hancock when they miss him fighting crime and saving lives. When the crime rate does rise following his incarceration, Hancock is contacted by the Chief of Police to help stop a violent bank robbery. With a new costume from Ray, Hancock is released from jail and makes a triumphant return by rescuing a wounded police officer, and foiling the robbers lead by Red Parker (Eddie Marsan).

Hancock meets Ray and Mary back at their house. Mary explains that Hancock is technically her husband, explaining that they were built in twos, and that they are drawn to each other over time and great distances. When later intervening in a liquor store robbery, Hancock is shot and wounded. Visiting him at the Hospital, Mary explains that when a pair of immortals get close to each other physically, they begin to lose their powers. She also tells him that she and Hancock have been attacked as a couple many times throughout history, most recently being in an alley in Miami 80 years ago. His skull was fractured during the attack, causing amnesia. To save his life at the time, Mary deserted him, allowing him to recover from his injuries. After her explanation, the hospital is raided by the bank robber Red Parker and two other criminals that Hancock had encountered when imprisoned. Mary is shot trying to defend Hancock as he is able to stop the two men, but is further wounded in the process. When Red attempts to finish Hancock off, Ray comes to the rescue and stops the bank robber with a fire axe. With Mary dying, Hancock uses the last of his strength to flee from the hospital so that their parting would allow them both to heal with their powers. Hancock is now living in New York City, working as a superhero there. As gratitude to Ray, Hancock paints Ray’s All-Heart logo on the moon, giving worldwide advertisement to his cause.

I Am Legend

  • Directors: Francis Lawrence
  • Producers: Akiva Goldsman, David Heyman, James Lassiter, Neal H Moritz
  • Writers: Screenplay, Akiva Goldsman, Mark Protosevich, Novel, Richard Matheson
  • Genres: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Will Smith, Alice Braga, Salli Richardson, Willow Smith, Charlie Tahan, Abbey and Kona

The film opens in 2009 with a televised news broadcast with Dr. Krippen (Emma Thompson) who has created a cure for cancer (100% cure rate) by altering the measles virus.

In a post-apocalyptic 2012, U.S. Army virologist, Lieutenant Colonel Robert Neville (Will Smith) is left as the last healthy human in New York City and possibly the entire world. A series of flashbacks and recorded news programs reveal that the genetically re-engineered measles virus mutated into a lethal airborne strain that spread worldwide and killed 5.4 billion people, 90% of humanity. Only 12 million possessed a natural immunity. The remaining 588 million degenerated into primal, aggressive beings referred to as “Darkseekers” (the DVD subtitles refer to them as hemocytes) who have a painful intolerance to UV radiation, forcing them to hide in buildings and other dark places during the day. The “Darkseekers” exhibit superhuman speed, agility, and strength. They also retain some problem-solving intelligence and the capacity to organize. The immune regular humans were hunted, killed by other humans, killed by the infected, or committed suicide.

Neville’s daily routine includes experimentation to find a cure for the virus and trips through a Manhattan devoid of humanity to hunt for food and supplies. He also waits each day for a response to his continuous recorded radio broadcasts, which instruct any uninfected survivors to meet him at midday at the South Street Seaport. Flashbacks reveal that his wife (Salli Richardson) and daughter Marley apparently died in a helicopter accident during the chaotic evacuation of Manhattan, prior to the military-enforced quarantine of the island in 2009. Neville’s isolation is broken only by the companionship of his dog Samantha (“Sam”), interaction with mannequins he has set up as patrons of a video store, and recordings of old news and entertainment broadcasts.

The tone of the film’s ending was altered before the film’s release, especially the stand-off between Neville and the infected in his laboratory. Visual effects supervisor Janek Sirrs recounts the original ending starting with the stand-off: “At that point, Neville’s—and the audience’s—assumptions about the nature of these creatures are shown to be incorrect. We see that they have actually retained some of their humanity. There is a very important moment between the Alpha Male and Neville. The Alpha Male slapped his hand on the glass and smeared it revealing a butterfly shaped imprint.” Neville realizes that the Alpha Male is identifying the infected woman he was experimenting on by a butterfly tattoo, and that the Alpha Male wants her back. Demonstrating that he will cease fighting and return her, Neville is allowed to approach them, with the Alpha Male ordering the infected not to touch him. Neville brings the Alpha Female back to consciousness, still infected due to him having removed the cure, and the Alpha Male embraces her; David Schaub stated, “Then, when Neville finally turns the Alpha Female over to the Alpha Male, there is this little love moment between the two of them.” Neville and the Alpha Male then exchange stares; Neville apologizes to them, which the Alpha Male acknowledges before the infected leave. He then looks at the photos of the infected he has experimented on and killed and realizes that he is the monster of their legends; the infected think of him as someone who hunts down and kills their people. The original final shot follows Neville, Anna, and Ethan as they cross the remnants of the George Washington Bridge in hopes of finding other survivors, accompanied by a recording from Anna telling possible survivors that there is hope, and Neville knows the compounds of the cure, meaning he can recreate it and help humanity survive and rebuild, thus establishing his legend.[5]