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Film Released: 2005
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Starring: Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Kevin James, Amber Valletta
Directed by: Andy Tennant
film is set in modern day New York where Alex "Hitch" Hitchens played by
Will Smith, is a professional "matchmaker" who concentrates his efforts on
coaching men in the art of wooing the woman of their dreams. A very exclusive
"consultant" the only way to get his services is via referral from one of
his former clients and then, if he accepts you as a client, he will only coach
you on your first three dates.
His latest client is Albert Brennaman played by Kevin James, a clumsy
overweight "nice guy" tax accountant who has fallen head over heels in love with
one of his firm's clients, society celebrity Allegra Cole played by Amber
Valletta. Hitch sets to work on Albert who, following Hitch's advice,
finds himself on a date with Allegra who is currently being tracked by gossip
columnist Sara Melas played by Eva Mendes, a single minded career girl who
has given up on men.
Whilst working with Albert, Hitch coincidentally meets Sara in a bar and ,
having seen her brush off the advances of another man trying to pick her up,
decides to put his talents to work on his own behalf ....just for the challenge.
He manages to get a date and surprisingly finds himself falling for Sara.
Sara's best friend is very upset at having been used as a "one night
stand" by a man who Sara now mistakenly believes was a client of "The Date
Doctor" (who incidentally Hitch turned down as a client) and is determined to
unmask and ruin him. When she finds out that Hitch is the date doctor, she
outs him as someone who just helps men have flings with women. In
the process, Albert is tarred with the same brush in the media and Allegra, who
had actually fallen for Albert believes he was only out for one thing too.
In an effort to put things right, Hitch finds Allegra and convinces her that
Albert is genuinely in love with her whilst at the same time, managing to
convince Sara that his feelings for her are also genuine.
The food element occurs on one of
Hitch's dates with Sara when they attend a mass cooking lesson. As a
sampler, a waiter hands out "Coquille St. Jacques with a reduced lemon
butter sauce". It's actually a Scallop served on what looks like an
endive leaf - not like any Coquilles St. Jacques recipe we've ever come
across. So here's a recipe for a traditional Coquilles St. Jacques.
Jacques HT HD
Hot Seafood Vegetables Alcohol Hors d’oeuvre Starter
4 Large Scallops or 8 Small Scallops
90ml/3fl.oz. Dry White Wine
Salt and Pepper
8 Button Mushrooms, roughly chopped
25g/1oz Plain Flour
4 tbsp Single Cream
Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
A Small amount Mashed Potato (Optional)