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:: Win A Date With Tad Hamilton

Local supermarket, Piggly Wiggly’s (which is an actual name of a southern supermarket chain), check-out-chicks Rosalee Futch and her friend Cathy love Hollywood movie star Tad Hamilton, so when they discover that there is a contest to, “win a date with Tad”, they immediately set up a charity tin to make enough cash to send Tad’s number one fan on a date with him.

In Hollywood, however, Tad is in a bit of trouble with his vices, women and partying, and is in major need of profile clean up after being caught yet again on the cover of a tabloid magazine. His manager and agent, Richard Levy, concocts this competition for Tad’s career to take off and win the coveted role he has been chasing but for some reason or other is not quite right.

Back at the Piggly Wiggly, Rosalee is delighted to receive the news that she has won the competition and is off to LA to dine with Tad, much to the disgust of her Piggly Wiggly manager and childhood best friend Pete who claims to be looking after her best interests (and virginity as he would have it constantly reminding her not to let anyone sleep with her). So off she goes to LA and her sweet innocence and ignorance endear bad boy Tad so much that, after their date, he immediately flies back to West Virginia to visit and be with her because he wants to be a better person just like her. Everyone in the quiet quaint town is in shock to see Tad dating Rosalee. Everyone except her proud father who keeps him amused with his commentary about Hollywood’s box office taking and chocolate martinis. Needless to say everyone is impressed with Tad’s transformation. However, Pete is not so sure, warning him about Rosalee’s seven different smiles and to treat her good or else. Through Tad, Pete finally realises that Rosalee is the one for him and gets in there too late as Rosalee embarks on a romance with Tad and leaves to LA with him, baiting her with the seven smiles line that came from Pete.

Once all is revealed about the seven smiles and Tad’s selfishness surfaces after getting the part and the girl, Rosalee realises her heart belongs to Pete and blah, blah, blah… The End. Where do we go from here? Well not very far unfortunately.

Kate Bosworth as Roselee doesn’t quite cut the mustard; too cute and ditsy to be taken seriously (is this becoming a Luketic trademark?) whilst Josh Duhamel’s Tad has the presence and brawn but utters such silly lines that are laughable. Topher Grace as Pete is as quirky and comedic as his character is meant to be although he never really develops enough for us to care about, which is a shame as he is the only character that garners audience attention, although he doesn’t stray far from his character on “That 70’s Show.” The chemistry between the three leads is virtually non-existent making it difficult to care about these characters let alone like them. Gary Cole as Rosalee’s dad is great and has the best of a bad lot of dialogue but, unfortunately, his scenes are too few and far between. Nathan Lane and Sean Hayes as the two Richard Levy’s provide some minor amusement on the rare and confusing times that they do make an appearance.

Former VCA student Robert Luketic is to blame for this flat, uninspiring and uninteresting direction, and Victor Levin for the equally flat, uninspiring and uninteresting script.