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Tadpole (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 23 August 2002 (USA)
Coming-of-age story about a suave 15-year-old prep school student who falls in love with his stepmother. When her best friend responds to his advances, he suddenly finds himself in way over his head.

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Storyline

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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This summer, innocence is taking a vacation. 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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23 August 2002 (USA)  »

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Um Jovem Sedutor  »

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Budget:

$150,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$80,682, 21 July 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,882,062, 19 January 2003
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Trivia

Aaron Stanford's feature debut. Although his character is 15, Stanford was 23. See more »

Goofs

When Oscar shakes hands with Samantha at Payard his hands are bare, but a moment later when he asks to speak to Diane privately he has on a pair of black leather gloves. 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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Crazy Credits

The opening credits break apart during Oscar's train ride to New York. See more »

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Featured in Anatomy of a Scene: Tadpole See more »

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Valse brillante No. 2 in A minor Opus 34
(1831)
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Performed by John M. Davis
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Charming light comedy never takes itself seriously...
13 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

With subject matter that many might consider offensive (fifteen year-old boy in love with his step-mother and seduced by older woman), TADPOLE manages to be a charming, witty light comedy with a sensitive look at a controversial theme--a coming-of-age story with heart.

And its hero, a sophisticated fifteen year-old played by a twenty-five year-old actor (AARON STANFORD), is a natural in the title role, completely convincing as the impressionable youth living with his step-mother (SIGOURNEY WEAVER) and father (JOHN RITTER) in a fancy New York City apartment. Ritter plays the busy working father in one of his rare serious roles and is excellent, as is Weaver as the woman who discovers that her son has been having an affair with her best friend (BEBE NEUWIRTH). Neuwirth makes the most of her sly comic scenes as a temptress who awakens hormones in the teen-ager. A restaurant scene with the boy and his parents is a highlight of the story, where her deceptive conduct is exposed by Ritter's observation of an indiscretion in a mirrored image.

Witty and humorous, never taking itself seriously, it's an amiable tale told with deft touches and it moves briskly under Gary Winick's nimble direction with some nice glimpses of Manhattan's upper east side.


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