How to ‘Win a Date with Tad Hamilton’ in this Funny RomCom


Once romcoms were kind of a “thing” at the box office. One of these features is this silly but really cute romance.

Win a Date with Tad Hamilton (2004) Film Review

Small town girl Rosalee Futch (Kate Bosworth) makes her life more exciting by filling hours of her time at the local movie theater. All outings that her two best friends tag along to. Cathy (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Rosie share a fond love for movie super star Tad Hamilton, an affection Rosie’s second bestie, Pete (Topher Grace) doesn’t share. But because he loves them, he deals.

Hundreds of miles away from Rosie’s Piggly Wiggly workplace, it would seem, Tad (Josh Duhamel) is in need of some good press. The Hollywood bad boy is nothing like the on-screen persona he’s carved out, and in order to nab a prime role, he needs something to go right. His manager and agent create a contest for one lucky participant to win a date with him, and as fate would have it, Rosie happens to win!

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I like so much about this film, but I forget just how much I do, simply because I don’t watch it often. But then, perhaps this is why, at least in part, the re-watches I do indulge in seem more entertaining. There’s something so charming and innocent about this one. At least with its storytelling.

You have five smiles… One when you think someone an idiot. One when you think someone’s REALLY an idiot. One when you’re singing to Barry White. One when you’re getting all dressed up. And one when you’re looking at me.

– Win a Date with Tad Hamilton

This is all powered by the character of Rosie, who is really the embodiment of “girl next door.” She affects the best kind of girl next door charm, which is precisely who she’s meant to be. Kate Bosworth is fantastic in the role. I 100% believe her to be this character she’s tasked to play, and she does this so well. Similarly, Josh plays the heartthrob well, and the entire cast lends only good things to the film. Those who like Once Upon a Time will also get a giggle out of Ginnifer’s Cathy.

Of course, as this is a romance, not everything goes as planned for these characters and it operates in this pattern. That said, they’re too much fun to hang out with to mind. The script works really well within the framework of the concept, and one cannot help but smile wide over the way this one finds its way to happily ever after. There’s a whole lot of cuteness, and there’s some tears, but it’s all about keeping to being, plain and simple, adorable.


How to ‘Win a Date with Tad Hamilton’ in this Funny RomCom. A review of the 2004 comedy with Kate Bosworth & Josh Duhamel. Text © Rissi JC

Content: there’s some sexual humor throughout and an instance or two suggesting things might go further (neither do). Tad is seen, half-dressed, bidding a one-night stand goodbye. There may be some profanity. The film is PG-13

About Rissi JC

amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.


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