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->''"No matter what, no matter when, no matter how--any man has a chance to sweep any woman off her feet. He just needs the right broom."''
-->-- '''Hitch'''

The 2005 romantic-comedy starring WillSmith and [[Film/TheSpirit Eva Mendes]].

In New York, there are rumors of a man called "The Date Doctor" who gives advice to UnluckyEverydude on how to get the affections of a lady he admires. It turns out he really does exist--his name is Alex "Hitch" Hitchins (played by Will Smith). He gets hired by Albert Brennaman (Kevin James), who is a meek CPA in love with the beautiful and sweet heiress Allegra Cole (Amber Valletta). Meanwhile, Hitch bumps into Sara Melas (Creator/EvaMendes): a rather cynical gossip columnist, and the two hit it off. Despite all of his expert advice and knowledge of women, all of their dates turn into crazy mishaps. Somewhere in there, they begin to fall for one another. The classic tale of LadykillerInLove occurs.

A box office smash and warmly received by the general public.

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!!Tropes used in ''Hitch'':

* {{Adorkable}}: Although following the ''spirit'' of Hitch's advice, Albert mainly manages to woo Allegra by being himself...which involves bad dancing, teaching her to whistle, and dropping mustard on his shirt.
-->'''Hitch:''' So, wait...that stuff ''worked'' for you?
-->'''Allegra:''' It was adorable.
* AnalogyBackfire:
-->'''Hitch:''' That man would have sold his soul to make you happy.
-->'''Allegra:''' So what does that make you? [[TheDevil The]] [[DealWithTheDevil Devil?]]
* AmusingInjuries: Suffered all around.
** Hitch accidentally kicks Sara in the head.
** Htich's allergic reaction and subsequent Benadryl coma.
** Sara's GroinAttack on Vance, leading to him walking into the back of a statue.
** Albert beats up Hitch and inflicts a few when he [[NotWhatItLooksLike finds Hitch talking to Allegra]].
** Hitch and Albert perform a tandem dance move during the credits. It works fine when Hitch does it. Not so much when Albert falls and needs to be helped up.
* BadDate: Hitch goes on a jet ski date and accidentally kicks his date in the face, then accidentally forces her to confront the reality of her genocidal ancestor, and on another date has a bad reaction to food and gets drunk off of Benadryl.
* BenevolentBoss: Sara's. He was tough when he needed to be, but it turns out he cares about Sara and her relationship with Hitch as he notices they care about each other.
* BerserkButton: Hitch believes that his job is to help decent but awkward men find the love they deserve, so NOTHING gets him more FURIOUS than assholes who use his teachings to play with women's feelings, and he was more than willing to break a womanizing asshole's arm when he did just that. (Hitch calls them "Men who hate women")
** For Albert: "So how was she? Pretty good, huh?"
* BetaCouple: Albert and Allegra.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Hitch is an ''Aikido'' (Japanese marital art made famous by StevenSeagal) expert who can snap your arm in half if he wants to, as the sleaze who used his advice to break an innocent woman's heart found out the hard way.
* BlackAndNerdy: From what we can tell, Hitch used to be this in college.
* BoyfriendBluff: How Hitch and Sara meet.
* CampGay: Allegra's best friend and Hitch's doorman Raoul.
* TheCasanova: Hitch is implied to be this at the beginning of the film.
* CatchPhrase: "Basic principles:"
* TheCharmer: Hitch with every woman except Sara.
* ChekhovsGun: Sara mentions having a married sister. When Hitch makes his AnguishedDeclarationOfLove to her at the end, there is a man in her apartment. Turns out [[spoiler: it's her brother-in-law.]]
* ClosedDoorRapport: Happens towards the end of the movie.
* {{Corpsing}}: Watch the dance lesson. Watch "Hitch's" face.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Sara.
* DeadpanSnarker: The cashier at the convenience store.
-->'''Sara''' : Where's the Benadryl?
-->'''Cashier''': In Aisle 2.
-->'''Sara''': Where's Aisle 2?
-->'''Cashier''': The one with the big '2' over it.
* DisproportionateRetribution: The title character's love interest Sara has a friend who slept with a guy who dumped her the morning after. On the way out the door, he makes an offhand comment, "Date doctor my ass." Sara makes it her mission to find the date doctor and expose him, blaming him for enabling the scumbag to use her friend. [[spoiler: When she finds out it's none other than Hitch, the guy she's been seeing and whom she likes, she trashes him and his completely innocent client in her gossip column. This effectively ruins Hitch's reputation and livelihood, and utterly humiliates Albert.]] And then Hitch ''[[WhyWouldAnyoneTakeHimBack takes her back.]]''
** For those who aren't aware, [[spoiler: Hitch had explicitly ''refused'' to work with the guy ''because'' he was a scumbag who only wanted to get laid, making Sara even more horrendously unlikable and making it even more enraging when Hitch takes her back.]]
** And that friend of hers? A shallow moron who was ''repeatedly'' told this guy was probably a scumbag from the beginning. Why is she even concerned with this?
* DidIJustSayThatOutLoud: The woman at the speed dating activity. It was painful to watch.
* EveryoneLovesBlondes: Beautiful and sweet heiress Allegra Cole.
* EurekaMoment: When Hitch realizes his services aren't actually as needed as he thought and that people will still fall in love without his help, which leads to...
* FoodSlap: After Sara finds out who Hitch really is, they argue and one of them throws a small piece of food at the other. He ends up tossing a salad on her.
* GenderFlip: Hitch runs one of his schemes in reverse at the end, helping a woman catch the eye of a man.
* GroinAttack: Sara gives Vance Munson a well-deserved one.
* HilariousOuttakes: And ''how''. Seen [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6nt0x_hitch-blooper-betisier_fun here.]]
** The icing on the cake is when Will Smith improvises his scene of meeting Sara with what appears to be ''an entire sandwich'' in his mouth, causing the cast and crew to completely lose their shit laughing.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Albert for Allegra.
* {{Jerkass}}: Vance Munson.
* LadyKillerInLove: Hitch.
* LettingHerHairDown: As the film progresses, Sara's clothing gets more elegant and feminine as a result of her letting down some of her many walls. She begins the film in a sharp pants suit and ends it in a lovely dress.
** Plus she wears her hair in looser styles. While she still sometimes puts her hair up, it's not as severe as when Hitch first sees her.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: Hitch happens to explain this very well:
-->'''Hitch''': Because that's what people do. They leap and hope to God they can fly because otherwise they just drop like a rock, wondering the whole way down "Why in the ''hell'' did I jump?" But here I am, Sara, falling...and there's only one person who makes me feel like I can fly, and that's you.
* MagicFeather: Hitch is a slight variation on this.
* MetaCasting: One of the most defining traits of WillSmith in general is how big of [[TheCharmer a charmer]] he is in real life. Thus casting him as someone who passes on his skills in charming people seems like absolutely perfect casting.
* MyCard: As in [[Film/MenInBlack another movie]] with Will Smith, Hitch disgueses the nature of his business by using a brown plastic square with his phone number written out (One Two Three, etc) as his business card.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Unfortunately, Albert doesn't realize Hitch and Allegra are hugging because Hitch discovered he doesn't have to be The Date Doctor since men and women can still find love on their own. Choking ensues.
* OneSideOfTheStory: When Sara learns that Hitch is the date doctor she's been trying to get revenge on, not only does she ruin his career and his client's reputation, she never bothers to find out whether or not he actually worked with the guy who mentioned him.
* ProtagonistTitle
* SecretTestOfCharacter: Hitch doesn't take on every client who finds his information. He spends some time talking to them and trying to find out why they need his help. He seeks out the people who are infatuated with a girl and don't know what to do. As such he sometimes prods them to see how they react.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: Played with. Hitch actually refused to help Vance seduce Casey, even though he gets blamed for it. In the final scene he helps her get hooked up.
* SherlockScan: Hitch pulls one on Sara's "unapproachable girl" schtick when he first meets her.
* ShoutOut: Hitch during his college years looked a lot like [[Series/FamilyMatters Steve Urkel]].
* SpeedDating: Crashed and interrupted by a giant argument.
* SpoiledSweet: Allegra.
* StealthPun: Hitch; the phrase "to get hitched" means "to get married", which is pretty much the point of Hitch's job to help people fall in love and eventually get married.
* TakeThat: Since the studio wouldn't cast a white actress as the female lead to avoid a racial taboo; Hitch lets it slip to Sara that his college roommate married his sister and they were expecting a baby. Near the beginning of the film Hitch is talking to a "old friend" in a bar (played by white actor Michael Rapaport) who is married and expecting a baby. It's subtle, but if one thinks about it, they realize that this character was the friend in question who was married to his sister.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Hitch gives Sara an ''epic'' one [[spoiler:after she destroys his reputation and career and tries to pull a YouKnowWhatYouDid.]]
* UnluckyEverydude: Albert.
* VisualPun: After the groin attack mentioned above Vance, in too much pain to really notice or maybe just care, he ran walked into and placed his head into the asshole of a giant bull statue. The pun:[[spoiler:he's a giant load of bullshit.]]
* [[WhatTheHellHero What The Hell Reporter]]: "This is EXACTLY why falling in love is so goddamn hard!"
* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: [[WordOfGod According to]] WillSmith the female lead was intended to be played by a white actress (allegedly Sandra Bullock, whom Smith really wanted to work with), however the studio was afraid of invoking this trope. They also didn't want to cast two black leads, [[UnfortunateImplications fearing they would alienate white audiences]], so the hispanic Mendes was cast to avert both.
* YouKnowWhatYouDid: Defied. A magnificent defiance of this since Hitch calls Sara out on her attempt at pulling this trope on him.