Imagine meeting your favorite big-screen idol and he winds up idolizing you! That's what happens to Rosalee (Kate Bosworth, Blue Crush), a star-struck small-town girl, who wins a date with handsome Hollywood hunk Tad Hami... more »lton (Josh Duhamel, TV?s Las Vegas). And while it may be Rosalee's dream-come-true, it means complete chaos for her best friend, Pete (Topher Grace, TV?s That ?70s Show). He's the boy back home who's deeply, hopelessly - and secretly -in love with her, too.« less
Alejandra Vernon | Long Beach, California | 02/27/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This romantic comedy may be predictable, but it's also utterly charming, cleverly written, and wonderfully acted. All the young actors in the cast are terrific, and helped by the good script, are always believable; there are no lame lapses of dialogue that come off as insincere. Kate Bosworth (seen recently as Sandra Dee in "Beyond the Sea"), is beautiful and sweet as Rosalee, a cashier at the Piggly Wiggly supermarket, who wins a date with movie star Tad Hamilton; Tad's hilarious management team (Nathan Lane as Richard Levy the Driven, and Sean Hayes as Richard Levy the Shameless), in order to rehabilitate their client's shoddy image invent a "charity date" scheme, never thinking that Tad will actually fall for the girl, which he does, creating a love triangle with Piggly Wiggly's store manager, who is madly but secretly in love with Rosalee.
Topher Grace shines as Pete the supermarket manager, as he tries to compete with the smile and abs of movie hunk Tad (perfectly played by Josh Duhamel). His comedic timing is marvelous, and he has a "lovability factor" that reminds me of John Cusack's Lloyd Dobler in that other romantic gem, "Say Anything". Also good in the cast is the very funny Ginnifer Goodwin as Rosalee's best friend, and Kathryn Hahn as Angelica the Bartender.
The above average script was written by Victor Levin, Robert Luketic did the well paced direction, and it has a pleasant (meaning nothing overtly annoyed me) contemporary soundtrack with songs like Liz Phair's "Why Can't I ?" and John Mayer's "Back to You". There are scenes that have laugh-out-loud humor, and a lovely sappy ending that will bring tears to the eyes of those with sentimental hearts. Total running time is 95 minutes."
Sugar And Spice And Everything Nice....
K. Fontenot | The Bayou State | 07/18/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"That's what Kate Bosworth is made of. Though I rarely go for flicks like this, every once in awhile one of them comes along and pulls at that little lovestring in my cold, cold heart. Kate Bosworth was born to play Frasier's Bottom, WV native Rosalee Futch. She has that all-American, good girl look. Topher Grace was perfect in the role of her idiot/best friend/secret love interest Pete. Josh Duhamel plays teenage girl heart-throb Tad Hamilton with flair. The rest of the cast, especially Gary Cole, who comes very close to Eugene Levy-esque father-figure status, is superb. Sean Hayes and Nathan Lane play Hamilton's agent and manager, Richard Levy. Yeah, that's right, they have the same name but play separate characters. Kathryn Hahn turns in a great performance as the local wild bartender with the hots for Pete.
The story is typical of puppy love flicks. The girl is in love with an untouchable man who, by amazing circumstances, falls into her world and quickly falls in love with her. Of course, there's an average joe who has loved her forever but can't seem to let her know. You probably know the rest from here.
In short, this flick is a standard little love story that is sure to find its way onto the DVD player of every teenage girl sleepover party. Its got a hunk, a loveable nobody, and a non-threatening lead actress who is easy to like. It's rather standard, but it is worthy of a couple of viewings.
Though I wouldn't recommend it as a definite buy, if you like these kind of sappy love stories you might want to rent it. Probably more deserving of three-and-a-half stars than four, but still pretty good."
Light Romantic Comedy
drebbles | Arlington, MA USA | 04/04/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Rosalee, a grocery clerk in West Virginia, enters an Internet contest and wins a date with handsome movie star, Tad Hamilton. Tad falls hard for Rosalee and shows up in West Virginia in pursuit of her. This doesn't sit well with her friend, Pete, who's been secretly in love with Rosalee for years. When Tad wins a part in a new movie and wants Rosalee to be with him during filming, Pete needs to reveal his feelings or lose her forever.
This is a good, but at times weak, movie. The romance is the weak part, there's no real chemistry between Rosalee and Tad on their date, so it's hard to believe he'd follow her to West Virginia. And it's also hard to believe that Pete hasn't acted on his feelings for Rosalee in all the years he's known her. The comedy parts of the movie work much better, with some of the funniest scenes taking place at a farm Tad buys.
The actors are really what make this film work. Kate Bosworth, Topher Grace, and Josh Duhamel shine in the lead roles, especially Duhamel, who has the perfect good looks to play a movie star, which he does to perfection. The supporting actors are equally good, including Ginnifer Goodwin, Gary Cole, Nathan Lane, and Sean Hayes (in two roles). Kathryn Hahn is especially good as the bartender with a not so secret crush on Pete.
This is a good movie to watch when you're in the mood for a nice, sweet, light, romantic comedy. "
Great romantic comedy!
Raj | USA | 07/29/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Being a fan of romantic comedies, I decided to watch "Win a date with Tad Hamilton!" and I was not disappointed with it in any way.
Tad Hamilton (played by Josh Duhamel) is the heartthrob of Hollywood. Girls love watching all his movies, including Rosalee (played by Kate Bosworth) and Cathy (played by Ginnifer Goodwin), two small-town girls from Fraziers Bottom, West Virginia. They drag Pete (played by Topher Grace), a close friend of theirs to watch all his movies, even though he detests them. Now, Tad is in a mess because of the paparazzi and therefore, his agent and manager invent a `Win a Date with Tad Hamilton' contest, for a charitable cause to clear his name. Rosalee enters the contest, and to her surprise, actually wins it. However, Pete is not as ecstatic as she is because he secretly loves Rosalee. What follows is a basic love triangle, ending withRosalee having to make the decision of choosing Tad or Pete.
Director Robert Luketic, who also directed the teen comedy "Legally Blonde", again did a good job in the movie, by smoothly taking us through the story. Kate Bosworth who looks adorable, acted really nicely as Rosalee Futch, and so did Topher Grace, and Josh Duhamel. I wish they had more scenes with Ginnifer Goodwin and Sean Hayes because they were really funny. The songs selected for the soundtrack for the movie also added well to the scenes!
Some of my favorite scenes include:
i. The scene where Pete is trying to compete with Tad in front of the girls at the farmhouse. ii. Her date with Tad in the beginning iii. The ending.
All in all, if you like watching light breezy romantic comedies, then you will definitely like this. If you liked this movie, other recommendations are: "13 going on 30", "Legally Blonde", and "Sweet Home Alabama"."
Win a Date with Shake-a-doo!
Noel Isler | Atlanta, GA | 03/16/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Will Tad end up whisking Rosalee off to a glamorous new life in Hollywood, or will Pete, the Mr. hometown tongue-tied nice guy fight for his true love? There are other questions...but that's the central one...and raison d'etre of this effectively pleasant and charming classic date-movie.
This movie is really good, though a little vague in some parts. But thanks to the talents of three up-and-coming stars, perfect comic timing from the supporting actors, and a director like Robert Luketic of "Legally Blonde" fame, who reputedly (and wisely) turned down directing the sequel. This film should appeal to the pre-dating teens and middle aged romantics.
The movie sounds like from "Cinderella" though....with the fairy godmother being played by the internet ("Sure, Heaven's just a mouse click away"). Rosalee (Kate Bosworth), a grocery store checkout girl wins a trip to Hollywood, engineered by Tad's (Josh Duhamel) cynical agent (Nathan Lane) and sleezy manager (Sean Hayes who are both named Richard Levy). They set up a charity contest in order to create a more wholesome image for Tad, a hot young actor, when he lands in the tabloids after a wild night of carousing. ("Congratulations! You're actually drinking, driving, smoking, leering, and groping at the same time!") But how long has it been since a bad-boy image hurt anyone's career in Hollywood?
However, to the filmmakers' credit, they didn't portray Tad as a real-live Hollywood snake. He starts out essentially harmless, so we can believe that he's really a decent guy who is actually wishing for some honesty and integrity. We can then understand how he would, in turn, be pulled by Rosalee's unpretentious goodness.
After their first date, Tad flies in his private jet to Rosalee's hometown in West Virginia. He intends to profess his love and at the same time hang out with her so her wholesome goodness would sort of rub up on him. He unwittingly awakens Rosalee's longtime best friend Pete's (Topher Grace) dormant feelings for her, therefore putting Rosalee in the middle of an unexpected romantic triad. Who will she pick? The life-long best friend, or the guy whose face decorates the walls of millions of girls' bedrooms?
The romantic triangle however, was pleasantly almost overshadowed by the smaller roles who almost stole the movie. They include Ginnifer Goodwin as Rosalee's best gal pal, who makes lumpy wisecracks throughout; Kathryn Hahn as the tattooed bartender at the town tavern, who makes no secret of her crush on Pete; and Gary Cole as Rosalee's dad, one of the funniest supporting characters who becomes so film-obsessed after his daughter begins dating a movie star that he reads trade publications and sports a "Project Greenlight" T-shirt! And, of course, Lane and Hayes antics are always pleasantly funny.
The vagueness comes in the form of Tad's change of heart later. Was it just another play to score with an innocent girl? Similarly, what has prevented Pete from expressing his love for Rosalee after all these years? Pete has known Rosalee for twenty-some years and has never worked up the nerve even to kiss her? Even 11 year olds will shake their heads and wonder what's wrong with Pete?
The movie has a positive message about sexual values, as Rosalee's decision not to have sex with Tad...with the help of timely reminders from Pete ("Just guard your carnal treasure."), who in turn got the film's funniest moments. He voiced out the sarcastic cynicism of a romantic looser as Tad sweeps Rosalee off her feet. The movie raises questions why typically ordinary girls like Rosalee and Cathy would think it is easy to know a celebrity like Tad?..and why was it so difficult for Pete to tell Rosalie how he felt?
The movie is romantic fluff, but highly entertaining and irresistibly cute.