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Tiptoes (2003)

Cast: Gary Oldman, Gary Oldman, Kate Beckinsale, more...
Director: Matthew Bright, Matthew Bright
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Studio: Columbia TriStar
Genre: Comedies, Dysfunctional Families
Running Time: 90 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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Matthew Bright directs the romantic comedy Tiptoes, written by Bill Weiner. Rolfe (Gary Oldman) is a dwarf, but his brother Steven (Matthew McConaughey) is not. When Steven's wife, Carol (Kate Beckinsale), gets pregnant, she worries about the baby being born a dwarf. She also ends up falling for Rolfe, much to her surprise. Also starring Peter Dinklage and Patricia Arquette. After appearing at film festivals in Europe, Tiptoes made its U.S. premiere at Sundance Film Festival in 2004. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

A big disappointment by chann August 6, 2005 - 11:48 AM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
I have to disagree with the previous review. The premise here is quite promising, and it's nice that there are enough little people in the movie to complicate any stereotypes. But the movie felt incredibly stilted to me: all about the rather obvious message. It talks to you, rather than lets you feel something real. I usually have very little trouble suspending disbelief and letting myself get lost in a movie. Moreover, I am eager to watch movies that will expand my understanding of what life might be like from a variety of perspectives. Here, though, I was constantly reminded that it was a message movie. The acting seemed amateurish (despite the big names), various plot points made no sense, and the characters were left frustratingly undeveloped. It could have been so much better!

A "Bright" movie that's no "small" feat by talltale August 8, 2004 - 9:00 AM PDT
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
The biggest film "crime" of recent years? How about the non-theatrical release of TIPTOES? Any movie that stars Matthew McConaughey, Kate Beckinsale, Gary Oldman, Patricia Arquette and Peter Dinklage (all doing a great job) ought to be a shoo-in for theatres, right? Wrong. If you're unfamiliar with the subject matter of this film, don't read ANYTHING about it or you'll spoil the surprise and intensity of coming to it fresh. Director Matthew Bright, who gave us the terrific and unique "Freeway" some years back, has tackled here another tricky subject that has never been treated as well he handles it. (So well, in fact, that during the film or soon after watching it, you'll probably realize what a wonderful metaphor TIPTOES is for "difference" of any kind.) If a little unwarranted sentimentality raises it's head now and then and maybe the ending isn't all it might be, never mind. The experience you'll have on this journey will make you think and think again and perhaps leave you--dare we suggest it?--changed. And that, film fans, is no small feat.

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