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Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!
Starring: Kate Bosworth, Josh Duhamel|
Director: Robert Luketic
RunTime: 95 Minutes
Release Date: January 2004
Genres: Comedy, Romance
Review by Susan Granger
2½ stars out of 4
Will a star-struck, small-town girl from America's heartland choose the
local guy with a heart of gold or the Hollywood hunk? That's the dilemma of
this good-natured teen date movie.
Perky, bubbly Rosalee Futch (Kate Bosworth) is a clerk at the Piggly
Wiggly market in Fraziers Bottom, West Virginia. Like her best friend (Ginnifer
Goodwin) and thousands of teens, she's wild about a chiseled movie star named
Tad Hamilton (Josh Duhamel). Unlike all the others, however, Rosalee wins an
on-line contest to spend a glamorous evening in California with the man of her
dreams. Predictably, Tad-the-cad is hardly thrilled with this publicity stunt
but, after reluctantly meeting Rosalee, he's intrigued by her giggly, genuine
charm and innocence. "Doesn't it hurt, smiling like that all the time?" she
quizzes him. So he sets off to continue the courtship in Rosalee's hometown,
much to the chagrin of Pete Monash (Topher Grace), the shy, insecure
supermarket manager who has loved for Rosalee for many years.
Director Robert Luketic ("Legally Blonde") elevates Victor Levin's
quaint, sit-com-like script with clever casting. Kate Bosworth ("Blue Crush,"
"Wonderland") and Josh Duhamel (TV's "Las Vegas") convincingly embody their
characters, while Topher Grace (TV's "That '70s Show") emerges as an engaging,
charismatic leading man with a canny sense of comic timing. Nathan Lane and
Sean Hayes, as Tad's agent and manager, respectively, are amusing, as is Gary
Cole as Rosalee's film-obsessed dad. And Gennifer Goodwin delivers on the
promise she showed in "Mona Lisa Smile." On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10,
"Win a Date With Tad Hamilton" is sweet 6. Gently poking fun at the cult of
celebrity, it's aimed at an adolescent audience.
Copyright © 2004 Susan Granger
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