Win A Date With Tad Hamilton (2004) – movie review

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Movie Review by Anita Kasonkomona

Starring: Kate Bosworth, Josh Duhamel, Topher Grace, Nathan Lane, Sean Hayes, Gary Cole

Director: Robert Luketic

As a result of the superficial influence of the media, almost everybody has an idol. Somebody we all idealise and fantasise about. These are dreams we aspire to and yet some of these dreams can actually become a reality. Well, this is exactly what happens when Rosalee Futch (Kate Bosworth) first falls in love with big time, bad boy Hollywood superstar Tad Hamilton (Josh Duhamel); although she is not aware of the bewildering synchronicities that destiny holds, when she wins a date with the main man himself.

After being out on a date with this charming, innocent, girl next door from West Virginia, he ends up falling for her. He moves out to West Virginia without contemplating the consequences and gets dumped when she realises where her heart truly lies- with her childhood friend and co-worker Pete (Topher Grace), who is already deeply and hopelessly in love with Rosalee.

The plot is very hackneyed, because it is something that has been done before. It is an artificial situation not made any better by artificial acting, nor is it helped by a clichéd script with lines such as “How much do you love her? Is it love, big love or great love…If it is great love then it changes your life forever…”

As a romantic comedy it didn’t work because of its artificiality. If it was meant to be artificial, it didn’t go far enough to make the artificiality obvious. Neither was it humorous enough to make an impact.

2 out of 6 stars