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.


Robert Luketic


Victor Levin
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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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Did You Know?


Jason Earles: uncredited Piggly Wiggly employee. See more »


Spelling error in opening credits: "We will wisk you away..." See more »


Rosalee: They also said that in first class you may personally view the film of your choice.
Cathy: All right. I would like to touch intimately the person who thought of that.
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Spoofed in Win a Date with Brad Benton (2005) See more »


Telling You Now
Written by Jessica Moss & Richard Hahn
Performed by Jessy Moss
Courtesy of DreamWorks Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Let down in one major way...
21 April 2004 | by Miss1886See all my reviews

I honestly thought I would like this film. I'm pretty much the target demographic (17 year old girl with a liking for romantic comedies and good looking boys) so I thought this film would be a great way to kill a couple of hours on a boring thursday night.

And to be honest, the plot isn't too bad. It's a predictable love story, but then again predictable love stories are the reason why I fell in love with classics such as Dirty Dancing. This story is sweet and the ending did have me going "awwww...". But let me put it his way: it will only make you "awww" if you are a chick flick fan. If you are not a chick flick fan, you'll probably have had enough sugar by the first forty five minutes. It's definitely what I like to refer to as a "Red Bull". Totally sugary and so perky, at times, it can be disturbing.

However, although I liked the story, I was totally disappointed with the acting. The acting is what shames this movie. Kate Bosworth is terrible. She's the biggest typecast of the wholesome girl next door and her squealing and vacant, wide eyed stares belong on the Bold and the Beautiful. Not on the big screen. And although she tries, Ginnifer Goodwin's character of Cathy is so flat and one dimensional. She should be slutty, but instead of any sort showing of sex appeal (the only character with sex appeal is Angelica the bartender who I truly believe is one of the best actors in the film), Cathy's dialogue is littered with overt, tacky, cringeworthy sexual innuendo. Infact, not even that. It's usually laid out on the table. But instead of laughing, you just feel like slapping her. Such a shame for Goodwin, as I was impressed with her performance in Mona Lisa Smile and this character is well beneath her talent. Josh Duhamel plays the "duh" factor to perfection. His pecs are far more of a star than he is. Enough said.

What really, really surprised me though was that I fell head over heels in love with Topher Grace and his character, Pete. He did a wonderful job conveying his jealous, unrequited love. I truly hope we see more from him, because he was the only actor in this film I didn't feel like slapping. Oh, I liked Angelica too. She was good. And of course, Nathan Lane and Sean Hayes. Always good for a laugh.

I can't really recommend this film for anyone. I think even the tween market will be disappointed with it. Hey, they might enjoy the "awww" factor. Everyone else will just walk out and have forgotten it within 15 minutes.

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Release Date:

23 January 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! See more »


Box Office


$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,320,066, 25 January 2004

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2.35 : 1
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