Will Smith is developing a comedy show for Fox based off his 2005 movie Hitch. Now, I know what you’re thinking: Where’s the Wild Wild West TV show we were all clamouring for? I know. I’m disappointed too. Maybe he’s working backwards? The man works in mysterious ways.
In case you need a quick refresher, the movie stars Smith and Kevin James, and is about a dude who helps guys get the girl of his dreams. Despite the sort of ridiculous antics that follow there’s actually some half-decent dating advice throughout that still holds up today. So, with the potential revival on the horizon and dating being as complicated as ever, we thought we’d dust off some nuggets from the nine-year-old movie as a reminder, of sorts.
What you look like doesn’t really matter
Your face is secondary to how you carry yourself. Confidence shines through most everything, proving that if you carry yourself well, the rest will follow. Even if you get a severe allergic reaction to shellfish, like Will Smith’s character here.
Learn how to dance well, but above all, dance honestly
Learn how to dance. Just a little. Trust us, you’ll need it maybe thirty times in your life (unless you’re a club-hopper), and those moments count. The last thing people want to remember at the wedding is the guy doing The Worm in front of a group of innocent bystanders. People love a good dancer. But people don’t love perfection. If you’re gonna get out there and dance in front of people, be yourself.
That works across the board, really. It’s best to be yourself.
Be persistent, but not creepy
You’ll regret that 2 a.m. drunken text, or being too clingy and going overboard and oversharing your feelings for your paramour too early on. But you gotta learn to hang in there, and hang in there honestly.
Learn to kiss
You’d be shocked and amazed at how many bad kissers there are out there. Some people kiss like they’re eating a sandwich. Others like they’re giving CPR. If it’s been a while or you’ve ever left a make-out session with the other person laughing, an idea might be ask a particularly good friend of yours for some advice. Really.
Be Will Smith
Will Smith’s character has no problems getting dates because he’s played by Will Smith. Having trouble getting dates? Pretend to be Will Smith. That’s right! Fake it ’til you make it. Confidence comes from within. If you keep thinking, “You know what? I’m a cool confident dude,” then eventually you’ll believe it. YOLO, right?
Live life from quotations you read on fortune cookies
“A dream you have will come true.”
“The greatest risk is not taking one.”
Sure, they’re cheesy sayings. But everyone needs a mantra and a good mantra is simple. If you’re the kind of guy or gal who needs that kind of small push to get through the date or the workday or what have you, find a mantra and stick with it. Screw it. Life’s too short. And some of those fortune cookie things work.
Kicking someone in the head will lead to good conversation later
Well, it just does, according to Hitch. The entire last half of the movie is based off of Will Smith kicking Eva Mendes in the head. Don’t tell Ryan Gosling.