Win a Date with Tad Hamilton
In rural West Virginia, 20-something friends Rosalee (Kate Bosworth), Pete (Topher Grace), and Cathy (Ginnifer Goodwin) work together at Piggly Wiggly where Pete is the up-and-coming store manager. He has an incurable crush on the unaware Rosalee, who enters a contest to win a date with screen idol Tad Hamilton (Josh Duhamel). The contest is an attempt by Tad’s hilarious manager and agent (Nathan Lane and Sean Hayes) to redeem Tad’s squeaky-clean screen image severely damaged by tabloid publicity. Rosalee wins the contest and flies to Los Angeles, where she is met by photographers and driven in a limo to a luxurious hotel. By the end of the evening, tongue-tied Rosalee has won Tad’s heart with her innocent charm. After she returns home, Pete decides to declare his love for her, but suddenly Tad reappears. “Win a Date” is a delightful Valentine’s Day treat; it’s funny, clever and hopelessly romantic.
The film refreshingly treats homespun West Virginia as superior to glamorous Hollywood. Rosalee and her community are presented as decent, intelligent people who work hard. Rosalee’s honesty and sincerity serve as a wake-up call for egotistical Tad. For some viewers, the absence of premarital sex and bathroom humor in a teen movie and the positive portrayal of friendship, loyalty and a man’s changed life will make up for the few objectionable elements.