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Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!
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Starring: Kate Bosworth, Josh Duhamel, Topher Grace, Sean Hayes
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Dreamworks SKG
Web Site: winadatewithtadhamilton.com
Kiddie Movie: Lots of sexual overtones.
Date Movie: Not really a dude movie, but I laughed.
Gratuitous Sex: Innuendos and talk.
Gratuitous Violence: Nah.
Action: Nah.
Laughs: Quite a few.
Memorable Scene: Pete and Tad competing on the farm.
Memorable Quote: Rosalee asks Tad:  "Is that how you get women, using lines from your own movies?"
Directed By: Robert Luketic
Produced By: Lucy Fisher, Douglas Wick

Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:36 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
While watching "Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!" I thought there were only two people that were seeming to enjoy the movie. Oddly enough those two people were the father of the daughter sitting a few seats down from me, and me. Why? Because we seemed to be the only two people getting most of the jokes. Then, as the movie ended, all of the teenage girls that were there all started chatting about how they really liked the movie. Iím guessing they were wrapped up in the love story while dad and I enjoyed more of the comedy. Seemingly a winner for all involved. Hereís the storyÖ

Tad Hamilton (Josh Duhamel) is a Hollywood hunk. All of the girls love him, think he is sweet, and think that off-screen he must be just as adorable as his on-screen characters act. The problem is that Tad has been seduced by the Hollywood lifestyle, and after a couple of tabloid stories, well, Tadís reputation as a playboy starts to get in the way of his good-guy image on screen, and with that, movie parts start to dry up for him. His agent and manager, Richard and Richard (Nathan Lane & Sean Hayes) cook up this contest where Tad will have a date with an everyday girl to help get his clean-cut image back.

Enter Rosalee (Kate Bosworth).

Rosalee lives in a small town called Frazierís Bottom in West Virginia. Sheís a checkout clerk at a Piggly Wiggly. There she has two best friends, Cathy (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Pete (Topher Grace). She enters the contest and low and behold, wins a date with Tad. Peteís not happy about this because, well, Pete is in love with Rosalee but is too chicken to tell her. So Rosalee is off to Hollywood where she witnesses a dog in a car seat and children on leashes. She has a nice date, complete with being star-struck, vomiting in the limo (they donít have sideways seating in Frazierís Bottom), and Tad inviting her to his place. Much to Tadís surprise, Rosalee opts to just go back to the hotel instead of staying at Tadís. Tad doesnít know how to take Rosaleeís "goodness," but as a person not knowing where his life is really going, he wants to become a real person. Much to Peteís dismay, as well as the Richardís, Tad figures the only way to accomplish this lifestyle change is to move to Frazierís Bottom and hang out with Rosalee.

Sure enough, Rosalee falls in love with Tad, Tad thinks heís falling for Rosalee, and Pete figures heís lost Rosalee forever. Iím sure you can probably figure out how things go from here, so I wonít directly ruin the story for you.

"Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!" is totally directed at the teen dudette crowd, but I actually found it kind of fun too. Kate does a fantastic job as Rosalee. She comes across as totally sweet and innocent, with a fantastic smile. Josh as Tad has the flashy smile, good looks, and plays well the part of the spoiled actor, and Topher plays the dorky friend who wants to be the boyfriend as well as anyone could. Sure, the story is predictable, but it does have its moments. My only disappointment was that again we have a movie thatís really cute for the entire girl crowd, but the sexual overtones really make this one for the middle to late teen crowd, either that or Iím quickly becoming and old-fogy.

There was one point at first I found totally unbelievable, and that was the point where Rosalee and Cathy go bonkers when they found out Rosalee won the date with Tad. Here they are, two 22 year old dudettes, jumping up and down like they won the lottery, or at least a couple of early teenagers. Would grown women really act like this? But then I thought, oddly enough, about the wacky people, grownups, who have spent their life savings to go out and support Michael Jackson. I guess some people do get that crazy for celebrities.

Well, letís wrap this up. "Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!" was a fun movie, although some of the content is a little more adult than I think some parents might be comfortable letting their daughterís see. Take that into consideration, hell, you know your children better than I do. Itís 3 Ĺ stars out of 5 for this one.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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