Win a Date With Tad Hamilton! (2004)



Critic Consensus: Formulaic romantic comedy works better than it should thanks to a charming cast.

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Robert Luketic (Legally Blonde) directs the romantic comedy Win a Date With Tad Hamilton! from a screenplay by TV scriptwriter Victor Levin. Famous Hollywood actor Tad Hamilton (soap opera star Josh Duhamel making his film debut) is trying to promote his new movie. His manager (Sean Hayes) and his agent (Nathan Lane) both convince him to participate in a dating contest in order to improve his bad-boy image. The contest is won by Rosalee Futch (Kate Bosworth), an attractive young checkout girl who works at a Piggly Wiggly in West Virginia. When Tad ends up falling in love with her, he's willing to give up big-city life and move to small-town America. Meanwhile, her best friend and co-worker Pete (Topher Grace) is finally motivated to reveal his secret crush on her. Rosalee finds herself in the middle of a love triangle between her closest friend and a dream date.
PG-13 (for sexual content, some drug references and language)
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Kate Bosworth
as Rosalee Futch
Josh Duhamel
as Tad Hamilton
John Duhamel
as Tad Hamilton
Nathan Lane
as Richard Levy the Driven
Sean Hayes
as Richard Levy the Shameless
Gary Cole
as Henry
Ginnifer Goodwin
as Cathy Feely
Kathryn Hahn
as Angelica
Kathryn Joosten
as Mrs. Stemkowski
Amy Smart
as Nurse
Ren Trostle
as Porsche Woman
Stephen Tobolowsky
as George Ruddy
Moon Bloodgood
as Gorgeous Woman
Joseph Convery
as Mickey, Tad's Driver
Deena Dill
as Reporter
Bob Glouberman
as Rosalee's Limo Driver
Sam Pancake
as Hotel Clerk
Jay Underwood
as Policeman Tom
Patrick Thomas O'Brien
as Father Newell
Larry Agney
as 90-Year-Old Man
Willow Bay
as Herself
Todd Eckert
as Maitre d'
David Wolrod
as Roger Bodger
Jessy Moss
as Herself
Caleb Speir
as Himself
Peter Iovino
as Paparazzi
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Critic Reviews for Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!

All Critics (145) | Top Critics (37)

The actors, especially Grace, fight hard against a schizoid script (the kids are rubes one sec, hipsters the next) and cotton-candy direction from Robert Luketic.

January 29, 2004
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

It must be admitted that the final 10 minutes of Win A Date With Tad Hamilton! are likable: one cliche following another, but with charming restraint. Or it might just have been that the movie's simple-mindedness wore me down.

January 27, 2004
Top Critic

Suffers from a lack of conviction.

Full Review… | January 24, 2004
Top Critic

It's hard to care whether it's Tad or Pete who wins Rosalee's heart, and Luketic's direction is merely functional. Yet the film is not a chore, mostly because its leading lady makes the not-quite-plausible Rosalee consistently appealing company.

January 23, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

There is no reason on God's good Earth to see this movie.

January 23, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

Win A Date With Tad Hamilton might be as nauseating as its assumptions of wholesomeness, but for some smart dialogue and acting.

Full Review… | January 23, 2004
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!


Cute feel-good movie which I always enjoy. Okay, it's pretty silly, but I can't help but like it. I didn't realize Ginnifer Goodwin was in this, so that's another plus, I don't think I knew who she was last time I watched this years ago. Good cast including Topher Grace and Sean Hayes. Just a nice little far fetched story.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Really enjoyed this film. Topher Grace is adorable! The ending made me have a smile on my face. A must see chick flick!

Bethany Murphy
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer


This movie was cute, but that's about it. I didn't laugh or even giggle very much. I think the ending may have bumped it up half a star, I didn't see that exact ending coming and thought it was clever. The deleted scenes were funnier than the movie. I mean Paris Hilton parachuting into Tad's pool...why wasn't that in the movie?

Megan S
Megan S

Super Reviewer

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