A Film Review By Jason L. King
Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual content, some drug references and language
Starring:Josh Duhamel, Kate Bosworth, Topher Grace
Directed By:Robert Luketic
An old friend once told me that the mind of a woman works just like mathematics. There is a reason to it, but the formula for figuring it out can’t be figured out by even the world’s greatest super computer. However, Hollywood has figured out a small section of the female mind, and has created a whole genre of movies called Romantic Comedies to keep them occupied. These are the movies women crave, and the poor guy on the date loathes. The Romantic Comedy is also filled with mathematics, and has a certain formula that every one of them must follow in order to please the female audience. Few romantic comedies have strayed from this formula and Win A Date with Tad Hamilton isn’t one of them.
Tad Hamilton is the hottest star in Hollywood. The young, handsome heartthrob all the girls love, isn’t all that he is cracked up to be on the big screen. His pretty boy, perfect guy he plays on the big screen is just façade and on the outside he is a Hollywood Bad Boy that might even scare the likes of Colin Farrell. But when the media gets a whiff of his outlandish actions, Hamilton has to reassure them of his good boy persona and starts a “Win a Date with Tad Hamilton” contest, with all the proceeds going to Charity. A young girl, Rosalee (Kate Bosworth), in a grocery store wins the contest gets her dream date. Hamilton falls for the young girl and follows her home to her small town home in order to re-prioritize his life. However, Rosalee’s best friend and manager, Peter (Topher Grace) couldn’t be more upset by Hamilton’s actions, since he feels Hamilton is stealing his true love from him before he even got the chance to tell her.
Cheesy and formulaic, this plot is well, fun. You know the beginning, the middle and the end. You know that Rosalee chooses her Nerdy Manager over the studly Tad Hamilton without even watching the film. It’s not hard to figure that out. But getting to the ending is a fun ride.
All the actors in this film give it their all with what they are working with. None of them are given a real moment to shine, since the movie so silly, but they are all enjoyable to watch. Topher Grace does an excellent job as he Plays “The Nerd Who Gets the Girl” role to near perfection.
In the end, while I can’t say that Win A Date With Tad Hamilton is a great film, I have to call It a guilty pleasure. I had fun watching it. It’s the perfect example of a “date movie,” a “chick flick” or what ever else you want to call it, but in the end, it’s the perfect popcorn fluff for a guy to take their girl to. They will love you for it, and as for the guy, they may get a laugh or two as well.