In every love story, theres only room for one leading man.
Running Time: 95 minutes
US Certificate: PG-13 UK Certificate: PG
Country: United States
If theres one thing everyone loves, its celebrities. Theyre just like you and me, only much, much better. Little surprise, then, that when small town gal-next-door-type Rosalee (Kate Bosworth) wins the opportunity to go on a date with fictitious Hollywood heart-throb Tad Hamilton (Josh Duhamel), she doesnt have to think twice. After all, its either that or another nights check-out duty at the local soulless supermarket.
A bit like Notting Hill only American and aimed at the tweeny market, what follows is a somewhat unlikely look at what happens when an Average Joe (or, in this case, Average Josephine), gets it on with one of the planets apparently biggest stars. Tad, all teeth and pecs, unwittingly falls for the unassuming compo-winner, and proceeds to follow her across-country in the hope that some of her goodness will rub off on him (his words not mine, I hasten to add).
The difference here is that, right from the start, its made clear that Tad, for all his fame, wealth and large hair, is not the bloke were supposed to want Rosalee to end up with. She has another suitor, you see, in the form of gangly workmate Pete (Topher Grace). Hes had the hubba-hubbas for his girlie chum since childhood, but has never had the guts to tell her and now it looks like its going to be too late.
I cant really fault any of the performances in Tad Hamilton!. Its probably Bosworths best performance to date, Grace strolls through his part, and, in basically standing around looking handsome, Duhamel does all thats asked of him. But its the peripheral characters who more often than not make it worth watching. Ginnifer Goodwin, as Rosalee and Petes mutual friend Cathy, delivers a sparky performance and will be one to look out for in the future, whilst Nathan Lane and Sean Will & Grace Hayes steal all of their scenes as Tads agent and manager (Lane also gets one of the best lines with your values are different: for example, she has them.).
Unfortunately, it falls down on two fronts. The first is that its just not funny enough often enough. The second is that theres little chemistry between Rosalee and either of her two love interests. The whole thing only works if we REALLY want to see her end up with Pete, but as it happens theres just not enough wrong with Tad to make us care. It would have helped matters immensely AND opened up a mine of extra comic opportunities if Tad had been shown to be a bit more of a bastard in his moments without Rosalee. Theres a particularly obvious scene where Tad is confronted by Pete in the gents and, instead of showing his true colours, is actually incredibly reasonable and understanding. What were left with is a situation where two basically nice guys are chasing a similarly nice girl and who really cares about that?
It's Got: Mens room politics.
It Needs: A wicked streak.
DVD Extras Deleted scenes, a gag reel and a picture gallery. DVD Extras Rating: 3/10
A nicey-nicey rom-com with lots of shiny white teeth, but no bite.