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Tadpole (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 23 August 2002 (USA)
Coming-of-age story about a 15-year-old boy, Oscar, who falls in love with his stepmother, Eve.

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Beautiful, sophisticated women are all over Oscar Grubman. He is sensitive and compassionate, speaks French fluently, is passionate about Voltaire, and thinks the feature that tells the most about a woman is her hands. On the train home from Chauncey Academy for the Thanksgiving weekend, Oscar confides in his best friend that he has plans for this vacation--he will win the heart of his true love. But there is one major problem--Oscar's true love is his stepmother Eve. Oscar is certain that he could be a better mate to Eve than his work-obsessed father. He fails to win Eve's heart and is consequently dejected. Oscar's path to his true love is further crossed by Diane, Eve's best friend who, one night while wearing Eve's borrowed perfumed scarf, offers him temporary comfort in an unconventional tryst. For Diane, Oscar fills a void in her life. For Oscar, Diane is somewhat of a distraction, as his continued pursuit of Eve leads to an unexpected resolution. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Everyone says he should date girls his own age. Oscar respectfully disagrees. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, mature thematic elements and language | See all certifications »

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Um Jovem Sedutor  »

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Budget:

$150,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$80,682 (USA) (19 July 2002)

Gross:

$2,882,062 (USA) (17 January 2003)
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Trivia

The name "Tadpole" came from the game Pictionary. The whole film was shot in about two weeks. Sigourney Weaver worked for 10 of those days. See more »

Goofs

When Oscar and Charlie are riding in the car, the scenery outside Charlie's window moves twice as fast as the scenery outside Oscar's window. See more »

Quotes

Diane: Oscar and I...
Oscar: Both speak French!
Diane: Oscar and I... are lovers.
Eve: What?
Oscar: What? Are you drunk?
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Featured in Anatomy of a Scene: Tadpole See more »

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Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major Opus 9
(1830-1)
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Performed by John M. Davis
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yes, it's lightweight, but how often does a genuinely witty, funny romcom come along?
19 June 2003 | by (London) – See all my reviews

I don't understand the attacks that have been made on this film - not just on this site, but elsewhere on the web.

There are a few holes in the script, and the whole things is less substantial than a soap bubble, but it's still charming, witty and very funny. There are points where you feel they haven't followed something up enough, or explained something enough, but this film has better developed characters than almost any other romantic comedy you could name. Plus, of course, explanation isn't everything. In fact, sometimes, you're better off without it. A film that requires you to think, speculate or assume what might have happened between scenes - or before the film started - isn't that a good thing?

Much has been made of the DV look of the film, but I hardly noticed - and I like a well shot piece of celluloid as much as the next person. Sometimes, though, you just don't need the gorgeous, sweeping vistas of Lawrence of Arabia - and this is a small, independent gem. The use of DV is probably rather more to do with budget than laziness. In fact laziness would seem to be an unlikely part of the equation, what with the film being shot in a fortnight.

If the thought of a 15-year-old spouting Voltaire fills you with the urge to punch someone, this probably isn't the film for you. But how often does a thoughtful, not formulaic, intelligent, witty film come along. My advice would be to disregard the minor flaws and enjoy. 8/10


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