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Tadpole (2002)

Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Aaron Stanford, John Ritter, more...
Director: Gary Winick
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Studio: Miramax
Genre: Comedies, Independent, Coming of Age
Running Time: 78 min.
Languages: English
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Most 15-year-old boys are obsessed with the opposite sex, but this may be the only area in which Oscar Grubman (Aaron Stanford) could be called typical. An honor student at an exclusive prep school, Oscar is confident, keenly intelligent, speaks fluent French, and is well versed in the work of a number of French authors, particularly his favorite, Voltaire. Oscar seems to have gotten his fascination with French culture from his mother, who several years ago divorced his father Stanley (John Ritter), a college professor, and moved to Paris. Stanley has recently remarried, taking an attractive woman in her mid-forties, Eve (Sigourney Weaver), as his new wife. Oscar, however, senses that Eve isn't happy in their marriage; certain he can give Eve the affection (both physical and emotional) that she needs, Oscar begins waging a low-key but ardent campaign to seduce his step-mother over the course of Thanksgiving weekend, despite the fact a number of Oscar's female classmates have made no secret of their attraction to him. Oscar's efforts to bed Eve attract the attention of one of her close friends, Diane (Bebe Neuwirth), a smart and sexy chiropractor who also becomes the not-entirely-unwelcome focus of Oscar's romantic attentions. Shot using digital video equipment, Tadpole was enthusiastically received at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, where the film's director, Gary Winick, received the Director's Award. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Surprising by LboogieTbone May 17, 2004 - 1:37 PM PDT
2 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Liked by both a boy and a girl, this was a quirkly movie with indie look and feel, but with respectable actors all doing a fine job. Only complaint, they were not in the grubby Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) station when sending little tadpole back to boarding school, but probably the fancier Amtrack area. Shame! the LIRR area has such NY character (if low ceilings).

Some of us like small films by Minderella April 16, 2004 - 7:27 PM PDT
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Don't let the advert photo discourage you. If you like simple, sweet, movies (Waking Ned Devine comes to mind, although this story is nothing like that) this one is about adolescence.

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