Ron loves romantic comedies. He gets that familiar glaze of ‘aw shucks’ whenever hilarity ensues as two people find out what they were looking for has been right in front of them all the time. And so I knew he would love Win a Date with Tad Hamilton. I had been struck when seeing stills of how similar Topher Grace and I look – in this movie at least – in That ’70’s Show not so much. But it is uncanny – it is like I’m seeing myself on the television. Except for the blue eyes – we’re dead ringers – right down to the acrid wit. And the whole notion of pining for one of your best friends that you’ve fallen deeply in love with. This has to have happened to me at least 3 times in my life. I’m such a martyr. I remember reading an interview with Topher talking about how to not have his character be a weenie wuss – but have some sense of nobility – and that was present. And of course I wouldn’t mind having Josh Dumahel’s abs or pectorals either.
Overall, a pleasant movie with some nice twists and solid acting. Except that nobody has an accent – the movie takes place in West Virginia and nobody has a drawl. Bad bad producers! If you’re gonna go slummin’ – go all the way!