‘THE SEVEN YEAR HITCH’: JUST ANOTHER BEST FRIENDS ROM COM. A review of the 2012 Hallmark romance with Natalie Hall. Text © Rissi JC


March 25, 2013 13 Comments

When you’re in the “market” to find a new, delightful, family-friendly romantic comedy, there is no name more appropriately recommended than Hallmark Channel. This film proves that philosophy.

The Seven Year Hitch (2012) Hallmark Film Review

For young Jennifer and Kevin, it’s love at first… slinky. This is where their friendship begins, as rambunctious six-year-olds. They were and remain inseparable. Jennifer (Natalie Hall) is a professional making a good living and a success of her college education whereas Kevin (Darian Brooks) drifts through life with little ambition “playing” at a career with board games and a three hour workday. It this that leads Jennifer to offer the extra bedroom in her home to Kevin – just until he gets on his feet. That was seven years ago.

Now, Jennifer’s snobbish boyfriend becomes increasingly demanding that she kick Kevin out. Only trouble is, Kevin knows that Jen deserves better than her cheat of a boyfriend, he only needs to find a way to prove it to her.

Like any good rom-com, ‘Hitch’ has all the right requirements to be considered funny with a pleasant enough cast to carry it off. Between two guys with a Peter Pan syndrome, a sweet-natured leading lady and a host of friends, the screenplay has a great handle on this charmer. This includes but is not limited to a great bit of word play in the title. (It’s cute, right?) 


The cast is fresh-faced and together, has easy ribbing and genuine affection. Romantic chemistry sparks do lack some intensity; Natalie and Darian share more of an easy-going friendship than the makings of a romantic match. However, both of them do mange emotional speeches and tender glances (tears included!), and I’ve always had a soft spot for the best friends perfect match trope. There’s just so much fun about this entire concept.

Like many of their productions, The Seven Year Hitch is a film that I did anticipate as being good. Fortunately, this isn’t a letdown. Despite the sweet moments and funny comedy, things do become “childish” at time. (Despite this, by the way, I do applaud him for standing up for Jen.) Though Kevin is a too immature at times (not my kind of guy!), he’s still likable. If you can overlook these (minuscule) imperfections, it’s a gem of a script with few ‘hitches.’ 

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Content: Minor innuendoes and implications reveal one man to be a cheat. A woman remarks she knows a secretary that would say she was still dating a man who claims to be in an exclusive relationship; another person spots this man in a restaurant with a woman who is “just a co-worker.” The film rates TVPG.

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  • Melissa Tagg March 25, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Ooh, sounds like a fun one! I'll have to check it out. :)

    • Rissi March 25, 2013 at 7:39 PM

      It was, Melissa. Likely it still airs as a re-run on Hallmark but it's also on DVD. :) Enjoy if you see it – and as always, thanks for stopping by. :)

  • Kellie March 25, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    I've been seeing this movie around and was curious about it! Funny how you always seem to review something right after I start wondering about it! Thanks, Rissi!

    • Rissi March 25, 2013 at 7:46 PM

      As is usual from Hallmark, Kellie, this one is sweet. Sometimes the main guy gets on my nerves (just because he hasn't grown up yet) but mostly, I loved it.

      Will look forward to your thoughts if/when you see it. :)

  • shayla. March 25, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    sounds fun! ha now i just need to think about getting cable….

    • Rissi March 25, 2013 at 7:47 PM

      It was, Shayla! Hey, this one is on DVD now. So likely if you didn't want to buy it, you may check Netflix or some other on-line rental service. My family never has had cable so we rely on the DVD's. :)

      Hope you enjoy – and thanks for stopping by! Visit anytime.

  • Little Lady March 25, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    I started this one and didn't finish as Kevin got on my nerves a little, but still I think the premise for the story was cute, and possibly someday I will finish it! :)

    • Rissi March 25, 2013 at 7:51 PM

      He does tend to rub the viewer the wrong way, Micah. I mean… I liked him yet I want my heroes to be "grown up." It was still cute and like you, I loved the concept – and Kevin, despite his silliness. ;)

  • Libbie Doyle March 25, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    I'm always looking good for something on Saturdays…I'll check it out or see if it is on netflix yet :) Thanks!

    • Rissi March 27, 2013 at 2:50 AM

      Cool! Hope you find it, Libbie. This is the perfect flick that doesn't require any thought. And sometimes that is exactly what we viewers need. :)

      Thanks for the additional blog follow! Really appreciate it. :)

  • Renee (SteelerGirl83) March 26, 2013 at 3:20 AM

    I always enjoy a Hallmark movie. This one looks cute! I too love a movie where the characters start out as childhood friends and grow up to be sweethearts. I'm such a sap LOL! I always seem to enjoy the Hallmark Hall of Fame movies the best out of all their productions but I didn't get to see the last one. :-( Maybe soon!


    p.s. thanks for the Tumblr follow! It's going to take me a while to get the hang of it I think!

    • Rissi March 27, 2013 at 2:56 AM

      As do I, Renee. Perhaps a little too much. LOL! :) Putting character's together as best friends always seemed more believable to me when *ding* that light bulb goes off and they realize they are in love as opposed to a 90 minute movie in which they barely even date and yet somehow are "in love." I am a sap right along with you, girl. Love this sort of scenario. Hope you enjoy this one! The last "Hall of Fame" was really cute which makes me think perhaps they are getting back to "good" entertainment instead of just mediocre.

      Oh, you're welcome! I was happy to follow along – will look forward to your posts. And best of luck with the learning process. It's simple once you work on it a bit.

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