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Win a Date With Tad Hamilton

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Source: Catholic News Service

Breezy but slight teen romantic comedy about a small-town grocery clerk (Kate Bosworth) who enters a fan contest and wins a date with her idol (Josh Duhamel), a Hollywood heartthrob who warms up to her homespun charm, and, pledging to clean up his act, decides to follow her back home to rural West Virginia, much to the dismay of her best friend (Topher Grace) who happens to be hopelessly, though secretly, in love with her. Despite its formulaic script and flat characters, director Robert Luketic keeps his adolescent soap opera relatively well scrubbed, avoiding for the most part, the gross-out potty jokes and stock sexuality rampant in many teen films. Some crass humor and innuendo, as well as sporadic crude language and a few instances of alcohol abuse. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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