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Genre: Comedy / Suitable for 12 years and over / Director: Robert Luketic / Actors: Kate Bosworth, Topher Grace, Josh Duhamel, Nathan Lane, Sean Hayes ... / DVD released 2004-08-30 at Dreamworks Home Entertainment / Features of the DVD: PAL

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      24.06.2010 18:12
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      great chick flick/ romantic comedy

      I have seen this film a few times now and I enjoy it every time. Win a date with Tad Hamilton was produced by Robert Lukeic, written by Victor Levin and was released in the UK in 2004.

      ** The Plot **

      The film is about a young woman, Rosalee Futch, from West Virginia. Rosalee and her co-worker/friend, Cathy are completely obsessed with movie star Tad Hamilton. The pair work together at the Piggly Wiggly supermarket along with their friend Pete. Pete finds their obsession with Tad annoying, especially as he is completely in love with Rosalee (although she doesn't know this) and dislikes her talking about another man all the time.

      Cathy pushes Rosalee to enter a competition to win a date with Tad Hamilton, which she does. Rosalee has a great time with the star, and she makes quite an impression on Tad too. Tad has recently had some bad press and thinks that Rosalees goodness may rub off on him and the two become closer and closer. But is Tad only after one thing, will Pete declare his love for Rosalee and if so how will she react?

      ** The Cast **

      Kate Bosworth plays cute, girl next door Rosalee
      Ginnifer Goodwin plays neurotic, fun loving Cathy
      Topher Grace plays reliable, trustworthy Pete
      Josh Duhamel plays hunky film star, Tad Hamilton

      For a full list of cast you can view at www.imdb.com.

      ** Price and Availability **

      This film is available at www.amazon.co.uk and retails new for approximately £9.99, however im sure if you search around on the internet you would be able to find it much cheaper.

      ** Overall Opinion **

      Very good, I really enjoy watching this film, its girly and fun and easygoing. It is a romcom, although I wouldn't say it was overly romantic nor do I find it that amusing. However something keeps me interested and entertained.

      The only actors I think I have seen from this film before are Topher Grace (That 70's Show) and Ginnifer Goodwin (He's just not that into you) and both were great in this film, however all the cast did a great job and their characters came across realistic and relatable.

      The soundtrack to this film is unmemorable although when watching it nothing seems out of place so the music must go well with the scenes etc.

      Overall I would rate this film 4/4, I would definitely recommend seeing it, especially if you enjoy chick flicks or just fancy something that's easy going.

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      29.11.2009 01:11
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      A good watch!

      Win A Date with Tad Hamilton is a romantic comedy released in 2004. This comedy revolves around the main character Rosalee (kate Bosworth), Tad Hamilton (Josh Duhamel) and Pete (Topher Grace). Pete and Kate both work together at the local Supermarket and have been friends for years. Pete loves Kate but she is completely unaware. After winning a date with film star Tad Hamilton, her life changes as they become romantically involved. Will Pete gather the courage to tell Rosalee how he feels and who will Rosalee choose, film star Tad Hamilton or friend Pete.

      The plot itself is typically slushy and a rom-com with the ending also being typical and cheesy. This film contains some strong script writing yet too many times the film for me feels flat as certain comic lines do not work. Rosalee played by Kate Bosworth has a great image for the role she is portraying and is also great with her comic timing. Pete played by Topher Grace is strong as the underdog and uses his strong chemistry with Kate Bosworth to portray a strong friendship/relationship. Josh Duhamel plays Tad Hamilton and i feel that he is the only main cast member that comes across as wooden. For me, his acting is superficial which in some aspects works as so is his character yet he does not have the charm that a main role needs. In summary i felt that this film has a very predictable ending and is therefore great for families, it is also very entertaining on a number of levels and does not require much concentration.

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      28.10.2009 14:01
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      A decent rom-com

      Finding a romantic comedy with any pep or charm is a momentous task in of itself, and while Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! is hardly among the best, most intelligent entries that the genre has ever seen, it has a fair degree of charm and is at least not as mired in cynical intertia as so many of the films in the genre seem to be these days.

      The film revolves around Rosalee (Kate Bosworth) and Pete (Topher Grace), who work at Piggly Wiggly supermarket in West Virginia. Of course, Pete is madly in love with Rosalee, but she's too blind to realise and he's too spineless to do anything about it. To shake things up even more, though, Rosalee has won a date with the dreamy Hollywood movie star Tad Hamilton (Josh Duhamel), who sweeps her off her feet and is rather charming, admittedly. However, he's more than a two-dimensional caricature, because he is seeking a change of direction and is enduring an existential crisis of sorts, causing him to come to West Virginia and seek Rosalee after their first date. This, of course, creates a problem for Pete, who now has some serious growing up to do if he is going to fend off the seemingly irresistable film star.

      The plot goes exactly where you'd expect it to, and it is far too syrupy for my tastes, but the film's cast makes it something of a guilty pleasure because their performances are so game. With a different cast, this would be an abject failure, but Grace in particular, who admittedly does perform a re-run of his That 70s Show character, fits the part as the awkward but nice guy, although the tone doesn't fit totally because Duhamel's Hamilton is actually more charming than the film wants him to be.

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      20.08.2009 19:59
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      Nice for a lazy Sunday afternoon if you want something non-taxing and easy on the mind

      Rosalee (Kate Bosworth) is a small town girl from West Virginia. She works in a supermarket - the Piggly Wiggly - with her two best friends Pete (Topher Grace) and Cathy (Ginnifer Goodwin). Rosalee's favourite actor Tad Hamilton (Josh Duhamel) is her ideal man. He's romantic and passionate and the perfect man in her eyes. Across town Tad's reputation has taken a bit of a tumble. He's been photographed drinking and driving so his agents decide to make the public love him again with a photo opportunity. They run a competition to meet Tad and go on a date with him.

      To cut a long story short, Rosalee wins the competition, and dashes off to LA to meet her idol and comes home with many a tale to tell. Then Tad shows up in the Piggly Wiggly and thus begins the romance Rosalee has always dreamed of - much to Pete's disappointment who is secretly harbouring a long standing love for her.

      This is a very clichéd film that has been done time and time again. Teenage girls will love it because nearly all young girls dream of dating their favourite actor or pop pin up. So you are kind of able to relate. Plus Josh Duhamel is not unpleasant to look at. At all. The 3 title roles of Rosalee, Pete and Tad are played by actors who are well known and have done a lot of popular films - quite why they all decided to take these roles is anyone's guess. It's not a bad film to be fair, but it's not great either. It's sweet in parts, its funny in parts but certainly not laugh out loud roll on the floor kind of stuff. It doesn't really tug on your heartstrings as a romance either so you don't really know how to feel about it. Romcom yes, romantic and funny - not very much.

      Kate Bosworth does her best with a limited script and character- she is fairly pleasing to watch and she is a good actress. It's just a shame she made the choice of making this film, because she could have chosen a much better romcom script that would have done much better in the box office for her. She can easily carry the leading lady role (she did once date Orlando Bloom after all so she's had plenty of practice) she just needs to be given some decent material. Topher Grace usually makes quirky dramas or action films (as well as TV comedies) so this romantic leading man role is a little out of his comfort zone - and you can tell. He delivers his one liners well, but when it comes to the emotion of unrequited love and heartache, he isn't very convincing. Josh Duhamel is more than adequate as Tad - he looks like a top leading Hollywood actor, he plays the role well and with conviction and you can see why he was approached for the film.

      Overall - this is a somewhat pleasing film to watch. It's quite cute and funny in parts, but just lacks in others. Nice for a lazy Sunday afternoon if you want something non-taxing and easy on the mind - but I wouldn't go out of your way to see it.

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        01.08.2009 19:24

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        a quiet small-town girl wins a date with her hollywood hero

        Rosalee is a check-out girl at a supermarket in the small, rural town that she lives in, she works there with her best friend Pete who is deeply and hopelessly in love with Rosalee, only she doesn't know it. Rosalee is a big fan of Tad Hamilton the bad-boy of Hollywood and only ever dreams of meeting him one day. When a competition is launched to 'win a date with tad hamilton' Rosalee jumps at the chance to enter. She can't believe her luck when she wins and Pete isn't too impressed either! One date leads to much more and possibly love, as pete decides it is time to confess his love to Rosalee she has a big decision to make. Will she choose her her small-town best friend or the dreamy, bad-boy? A film that I found better than anticipated and would certainly watch again, a light hearted, very enjoyable romantic comedy.

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        11.07.2009 09:51
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        One of the worse films of all time

        Synopsis

        Rosalee Futch is a small town girl who works at her local Piggly wiggly and a major crush on movie star, Tad Hamilton. Rosalee is also blissfully unaware that her manager at the store and friend , Pete is head over heels in love with her. Rosalee enters a national competion to win a date with her favorite star and wins.

        Story
        Rosalee lives in a town in West Virginia, she works at a store and hang out with best frineds and co-workers Pete and Cathy. They all enjoy the simple pleasures in life like going to the local bar and the cinema. Cathy and Rosalee particullarly like romance films especailly ones starring their favourite Hollywood hunk, Tad Hamilton. They believe him to be just like the the romantic leading men that he always plays.
        Over in Hollywood, work of latehas kind of dried up for Tad, he's been papped driving while drinking and smoking and groping a wanna be actress all at the sametime. His agents decide they need to take action to clean up Tad's image and get the work back in. They decide to run a national competiton to win a date with the star himself . To enter the competion a entrants need to raise a 100 dollar dontation for a children's charity.
        Rosale enters the competeion and wins much to the dismay of Pete. after the date Rosalee returns to her normal life with some great memories but as it turns out she had quite the effect on Tad and he shows up in her hometown. Tad wants a to spend some time with Rosalee (platonically) so some of her wholsome godness might rub off on him. Things don't stay platonic for long and poor Pete is very upset as he wanted Rosalee to accompany him when he leaves town for good.

        Cast
        Kate Bosworth (21) - Rosalee Futch
        Topher Grace (Spider-man 3)- Pete Monash
        Josh Duhamel (Transformers) - Tad Hamilton
        Nathan Lane (Mousehunt) - Richard Levy the Driven
        Sean Hayes Pieces Of April) - Richard Levy the Shameless
        Gary Cole (Pineapple Express) - Henry Futch
        Ginnifer Goodwin (Walk The Line) - Cathy Feely
        Kathryn Hahn (Step Brothers) - Angelica

        My Opnion
        I quite like romcoms, they are predictable usually but also funny and sweet which as long as there is good story to back it all up with can make them quite enjoyable easy viewing. Unfortuanately that is not the case here.
        I'd wanted to see this for some time and finally got round to watching today while recovering froma hangover. I'd seen a few clips of the film and looked quite fun and Josh Duchamel and Topher Grace are very easy on the eye so I was quite looking forward to it.
        This film actually made my hangover feel worse. It's described as a a romcom but therre really isn't anything funny about it, i couldn't even raise a grin. The storyline and plot are very poor indeed, there are no memorable lines anywhere in the film.
        As for the perormances, to be fair they didn't have a lot to work with but Kate Bosworth actually seemed a little wooden and none of the cast stood out .
        The whole experience was like pulling teth, i was going to turn it off but then I thought I would have to post a review on here telling everybody else not to waste an hour and a half of their lives watching this turkey.

        Cert PG
        Running Time 95 mins
        Year 2004

        Overall: Don't bother watching it

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