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Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! (2004)

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A small-town girl wins a date with a male celebrity through a contest. When the date goes better than expected, a love triangle forms between the girl, the male celebrity, and the girl's best friend.

Director:

Robert Luketic

Writer:

Victor Levin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Bosworth ... Rosalee Futch
Topher Grace ... Pete Monash
Josh Duhamel ... Tad Hamilton
Nathan Lane ... Richard Levy the Driven
Sean Hayes ... Richard Levy the Shameless
Gary Cole ... Henry Futch
Ginnifer Goodwin ... Cathy Feely
Kathryn Hahn ... Angelica
Octavia Spencer ... Janine
Amy Smart ... Nurse Betty
Ren Trostle Ren Trostle ... Porsche Woman
Wendy Worthington ... Customer
Stephen Tobolowsky ... George Ruddy
Moon Bloodgood ... Gorgeous Woman
Mary Jo Smith ... Sonja
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Storyline

Rosalee Futch is a grocery clerk living in rural West Virginia. But even a small-town girl can have big dreams, and Rosalee's is to someday--somehow--meet her big-screen idol Tad Hamilton. The somehow arrives in the form of a contest--the grand prize: a date with Tad Hamilton--and the someday is now. Rosalee wins, much to the chagrin of her best friend and co-worker Pete, who is deeply, hopelessly--and secretly--in love with Rosalee. The Win a Date contest was cooked up by Tad's agent, Richard Levy, and his manager, also named Richard Levy, to clean up Tad's bad-boy image. Someone should have told them to be careful what you wish for. When Tad meets Rosalee and gets a taste of what he's been missing in the real world, he decides he wants seconds and moves to West Virginia, turning Rosalee's dream come true into a nightmare for Richard Levy, Richard Levy and, most of all, Pete. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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In every love story, there's only room for one leading man.

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, some drug references and language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

DreamWorks

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Total verknallt in Tad Hamilton See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,320,066, 23 January 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$17,071,962, 2 April 2004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,866,170, 2 April 2004
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

WILHELM SCREAM: When Pete is watching television, and every channel has Tad Hamilton playing, there is a war movie where a Wilhelm Scream is heard. See more »

Goofs

One of the characters mentioned "the cloverleaf on Route 73." The only Route 73 in West Virginia is a small state-maintained road. And none of the interstates has a cloverleaf. See more »

Quotes

Pete: [kisses Rosie] I love you, Rosie. I *always* have. If I've been a jerk this last week, it's because I've been fighting - I've been fighting for you. I don't want to lose you to Tad Hamilton, or anyone else. You're the one.
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Referenced in The Ring Two (2005) See more »

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More Bounce in California
Written by Marc Godfrey
Performed by Soul Kid #1
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makes up in charm what it lacks in edge
6 August 2004 | by Buddy-51See all my reviews

`Win a Date with Tad Hamilton' is a predictable fairy tale romance that skates by on the cleverness of its premise and the charm of its performances. Kate Bosworth stars as Rosalee Futch, a small town girl from West Virginia who has a mad crush on a hot Hollywood stud named Tad Hamilton. One day she enters a contest on the Internet, the prize being an all-expenses-paid trip to Los Angeles to spend an evening with her dreamboat. Rosalee, of course, wins the contest and has her magic fantasy moment, whereupon she flies back home, expecting to file the experience away in her heart as the high point of her life and then continue her humdrum existence working at the local Piggly Wiggly. What Rosalee doesn't anticipate is that Tad will be so smitten with her genuine goodness and unpretentious nature that he will wind up traveling to West Virginia in order to get to know her better. Complicating matters is the fact that Rosalee's long time friend and boss, Pete, is secretly, madly in love with her and isn't about to give her up without a fight to this fancy, flashy dude from Hollywood.

Given the premise, the makers of this film could, with a bit more self-confidence, have made a keen, hard-edged satire about the role celebrity-worship plays in the lives of ordinary folks. Instead, they've opted to take a softer, less abrasive approach, settling for a more conventional love triangle that still manages to win us over despite the formulaic nature of the story. The best part about `Win a Date with Tad Hamilton' is that it doesn't turn Tad into a boorish, self-centered jerk, which would have been so easy to do. As played by Josh Duhamel, Tad is, instead, a decent, well-meaning, good-natured young man who basically just wants the same thing out of life that we all do, namely love and commitment from that one special person. Even though we know how this triangle will most likely be resolved, the film still generates a certain amount of emotional tension because we actually come to like all three of the characters who make it up. We know Rosalee can't end up with both men, but each, in his own way, appears to be a viable alternative. This spirit of equanimity is not always the case with these types of stories.

Bosworth exudes such a healthy, radiant glow that we don't question for a second why both Tad and Pete are drawn to her. Duhamel pours on the celebrity charm without becoming smarmy and unctuous in the process. And Topher Grace nicely underplays the role of Rosalee's erstwhile secret devotee who faces a rival no Ordinary Joe should ever have to go up against.

`Win a Date with Tad Hamilton' isn't as good as it might have been had it opted for a riskier, edgier tone. But it's not bad as romantic comedies go – and in these days of `Along Came Polly,' `Alex and Emma,' `Chasing Liberty' et al., that's saying quite a bit indeed.


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