Release Date:  January 23, 2004

Rating:  PG-13 (for sexual content, some drug references and language)

Genre:  Romantic Comedy

Director:  Robert Luketic

Actors: Kate Bosworth, Josh Duhamel, Topher Grace, Gary Cole, Ginnifer Goodwin

Review:  It’s not the sort of film that makes you think “Oscar.” First, there’s the title, “Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!” which sounds an awful lot like a game show. Then there’s the lack of stars. But don’t let this fool you. Despite all appearance to the contrary, this movie has got a lot going for it.

Rosalie Futch (Kate Bosworth, “Blue Crush”) works as a grocery clerk in rural, W. Va., where she spends her days smiling at customers and discussing the merits of flavored vs. non-flavored potato chips with her best friend, Grace (Ginnifer Goodwin, “Mona Lisa Smile”). When Rosalie wins a date with hunky movie star Tad Hamilton (Josh Duhamel, of TV’s “Las Vegas”), in a contest designed to improve Tad’s image, only one person is dismayed – her manager, Pete (Topher Grace, of “That 70s Show”), who is secretly in love with Rosalie. So he warns her to “guard her carnal treasure” as she flies off to Tinseltown, where dogs ride in car seats and kids are walked on leashes – oddities that director Robert Luketic (“Legally Blonde”) uses to poke fun of Los Angeles.

When Tad meets Rosalie (“You’re…pretty,” he sputters), he realizes she has true “goodness,” which he desperately needs. So he flies off to West Virginia after their dinner date, where he buys a farm and asks if they can be “just friends.” Soon, the two are in love – and Pete is in despair. How can he ever win Rosalie back, especially since Tad is far nicer than anyone imagined?

OBJECTIONABLE CONTENT: "Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!"


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