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Awesome: 28.57%
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Total Crap: 7.14%

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Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!
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by Collin Souter

"Rom-Com # 3: Low Profile Girl Falls For High Profile Guy..."
2 stars

“Win A Date With Tad Hamilton” is one of this season’s Pleasant Romantic Comedy Guaranteed Not To Offend, Arouse or Provoke Thought. January is often filled with PRCGNTOAoPTs. History has proven the seasonal box office success of this sub-genre with the likes of “She’s All That” and “Just Married,” two movies that perfectly fit the PRCGNTOAoPT mold. “Tad Hamilton,” like this season’s “Along Came Polly,” “Chasing Liberty,” “The Prince and Me” and countless others, strives for nothing more than to be likable, and it can be in spurts, but most of the time, you’re left sitting there thinking: “I’ve seen this before. Where in God’s name have I seen this before?!? Did I just rent this movie?”

Like many PRCGNTOAoPTs, “Tad Hamilton” stars not two, but three good-looking leads—in this case Kate Bosworth, Topher Grace and Josh Duhamel—none of whom have had any pull at the box office, but seem to be appealing enough to cater to the teeny boppers who will attend. I have always liked Topher Grace’s work on “That ‘70s Show” and he could very well be the next Ben Stiller. The whole cast does okay and will likely attract couples who have little to no discriminating tastes, couples who just want a Pleasant night out at the movies where they won’t be jerked around too much by anything unfamiliar, couples who rent “How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days” and don’t mind paying the late fees.

And like many PRCGNTOAoPTs, the story concerns two characters at seemingly opposite ends from one of the other ones. “Tad Hamilton” fits the PRCGNTOAoPT mold of Low Profile Girl Falls For High Profile Guy While Low Profile Guy Pines For Low Profile Girl. And like many LPGFFHPGWLPGPFLPGs, the girl, Rosalee Futch (Bosworth) and the guy, Pete Monash (Grace), start off as friends working at a Piggly Wiggly. They go to movies together, the latest one being a dopey romance movie staring the studly Tad Hamilton (created in the mold of Ben Affleck or Freddie Prinze Jr.), an actor who has landed in the tabloids as a fast-living pretty boy. Rosalee and her bubbly best friend, Cathy (Ginnifer Goodwin), have a huge crush on him, nonetheless, much to the annoyance of Pete.

Along Comes a contest to Win A Date With Tad Hamilton, a marketing ploy to clean up Tad’s image (the proceeds will go to help starving children). Rosalee enters the contest and, much to everyone’s surprise, wins. She flies out to California for the date, but due to advice given to her by Pete (“Protect your carnal treasure”), does not sleep with him. The surprise for us, the audience, is that Tad Hamilton is not a bad guy. He seems to really want to tone down his image and get back to being a normal person.

Eager to ditch his agent and manager (a bumbling duo both named Richard Levy and played by Nathan Lane and Sean Hayes), Hamilton files back out to Rosalee’s neck of the woods in West Virginia to start fresh, much to the dismay of Pete, who has been trying to figure out the best way to tell Rosalee he has always been in love with her. Hamilton takes a liking to a downhome lifestyle and even goes so far as to buy a farm. Eventually, however, he has to fly back to Hollywood to take a part in a high-profile movie and everything must come down to Rosalee’s decision to go to Hollywood with Hamilton or stay in West Virginia with the real love of her life.

So, fine. Nothing wrong with that, except that I didn’t hear that much laughter coming from the average American Teenage Citizen audience with whom I sat. Apparently, most of the best moments in “Tad Hamilton” can be seen in the trailer and the kiddies had apparently seen the trailer hundreds of times already. Aside from some charming moments from the cast and the fact that a star might be born in Josh Duhamel, the movie just plays like a Julia Stiles rom-com greatest hits package.

Movies like this can be frustrating in that one wishes they would either be better or worse. “Just please arouse something in me! Make me sit up and take notice! Make me angry! Just do something!” One likes to come out of a movie remembering something substantial once they bust open the exit doors and throw away their pretzel poppers. That doesn’t happen here. More likely, you’ll walk out staring at the marquees above every other theater door wondering if maybe you should have made a wiser choice. But even that part of the experience won’t stay with you because you’ll soon be back in the freezing cold trying to remember where you parked your car. At that point, “Tad Hamilton” will feel like a distant dream.

Unless one of these non-dreamlike PRCGNTOAoPTs stars Kate Hudson, they usually go down easily. I guess I just prefer rom-coms to stick out like a slip’n’slide at an accounting firm. “Tad Hamilton” will crowd-please for the duration of its pleasantly punctual 90-105 minute running time, and that’s all fine and good. One just wishes that the writers in Hollywood would figure out a way to create an original love story instead of just recycling old bits from Reese Witherspoon movies. But as I said before, it’s January and history has proven the success of this sub-genre at this time of year. The biggest challenge we will get out of this film is how to pronounce LPGFFHPGWLPGPFLPG.

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User Comments

9/05/07 Tiffany Losco I loved it, cute, funny, corny, my kind of movie. And Topher is hott!! 5 stars
8/23/06 Joe You'll know exactly where it's going by just looking at the poster, but it has its moments. 3 stars
9/20/05 Jonathon Holmes to call this movie crap would be an insult to Micheal Bay and Hillary Duff 1 stars
1/11/05 Kristina Williams knew how it began and ended from the trailer. What's the point? 1 stars
12/25/04 Red Sox Still Suck Topher Grace is a talentless stuttering prick who ruined any chance this had 3 stars
9/13/04 Edgar I'm not american, so I wouldn't know: is people from Virginia actually retarded? 2 stars
8/26/04 Maureen McDevitt So sweet it gave me a toothache! 3 stars
7/20/04 alana it was good 5 stars
7/12/04 SF Predictable = pointless. corny flag off & tacky ending. WHAT'S THE POINT!! 1 stars
7/12/04 raquel gonzalez i loved it. topher grace is hot and is the best 5 stars
4/23/04 k started good but in the end it sucked ... how stupid. 2 stars
4/17/04 Michael Greenwaldt Cute, but disappointing and not all that funny. I expected more. Would be a better rental.. 3 stars
4/11/04 re a great film 5 stars
4/07/04 yosharto guarding ur carnel treasure is kickin ass! but it would be great wif some sharting! 5 stars
4/03/04 Marilyn Westbury C'mon Collin Souter, SHE'S ALL THAT and JUST MARRIED did offend! 4 stars
4/01/04 Eschenennock Manville Fun in a light way. Cast good incl. stunning Kate Bosworth, but Angelica almost steals show 4 stars
3/07/04 Kim Hargrove I thought it was pleasant and I laughed alot! 4 stars
2/20/04 Jumpin Jacques film is saved by the likeable performance of Topher Grace 4 stars
2/17/04 Chris I really thought it was a sweet romance but not great or all that oringal. 4 stars
2/04/04 Tracy Reese Horrible script, don't waste your time 1 stars
2/02/04 sara mcque SOOO GOOD....i cried 5 stars
2/01/04 kira AWESOME MOVIE- funny moments and sooo cute! 5 stars
1/27/04 b awesome movie, hottest guys 5 stars
1/27/04 stacey Davis I love Josh Duhamel he is so gorgeous and he is a great actor 5 stars
1/27/04 Noreen Smells I loved it 5 stars
1/26/04 becky evans 10 out 10! awesome chick flick!!!! 5 stars
1/26/04 ellie kotapish when i saw tad take his shirt off my heart beat soo fast! 5 stars
1/26/04 Kim Olson I think it is the best movie of 2004 5 stars
1/26/04 Crystal Graham It was the best movie I have seen and Josh Duhamel was hot in it!!! 5 stars
1/26/04 Callie it was sooo cute!! 5 stars
1/26/04 Colleen great movie 5 stars
1/22/04 Stevemd Cute---- 4 stars
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  23-Jan-2004 (PG-13)
  DVD: 20-Apr-2004


  08-Apr-2004 (PG)

Directed by
  Robert Luketic

Written by
  Victor Levin

  Kate Bosworth
  Josh Duhamel
  Topher Grace
  Gary Cole
  Ginnifer Goodwin
  Kathryn Hahn

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