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The Adventures of Sebastian Cole (1998)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  23 January 1999 (USA)
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In June, 1983, in Dutchess County, New York, Sebastian Cole joins his mother, step-father, and sister for dinner. Hank, Sebastian's step-father, drops a bomb: he announces he's changing ... See full summary »

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Hank / Henrietta Rossi
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Mary
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Joan Cole
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Hartley
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Jessica Cole
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Wayne (as Russel Harper)
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Jimmy Bogardus
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Woman In Desert
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Chinatown
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In June, 1983, in Dutchess County, New York, Sebastian Cole joins his mother, step-father, and sister for dinner. Hank, Sebastian's step-father, drops a bomb: he announces he's changing sexes. Sebastian's sister splits immediately for California, and his mother takes him back to England. Jump ahead eight months, Sebastian is back in New York, knocking on Hank's door. Hank (now Henrietta, although all the surgeries aren't complete) takes Sebastian in and is his rock over the next few months of high school. Sebastian's "adventures" are mostly self-destructive. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for language and crude sexual references, and for some substance abuse | See all certifications »
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23 January 1999 (USA)  »

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Die Abenteuer des Sebastian Cole  »

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$12,598 (USA) (6 August 1999)

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$100,041 (USA) (15 October 1999)
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John Shea and Margaret Colin also play a divorced couple in Gossip Girl. See more »

Goofs

Though set in Dutchess County, NY, most of the locations shown are actually in neighboring Ulster County, NY (e.g. the liquor store is in Kingston, NY - the high school is Onteora Jr/Sr High in Boiceville, NY) See more »

Quotes

Wayne: Why do you want to get out early anyway? What are you going to do with yourself?
Sebastian Cole: Well, get a haircut, pay taxes, die.
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Spoofs The Karate Kid (1984) See more »

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The Breakup Song
Performed by Greg Kihn
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better than expected
29 February 2004 | by (Mississippi, United States) – See all my reviews

This little film is surprisingly quite observant of it's characters and doesn't turn this film into a crazy Farrelly bros. comedy or silly farce. I has good performances,especially from the lead,Grenier,who shows a lot of depth and mystery. You kinda can understand the quiet hauntings inside his head and the fact that he doesn't want to attach to anyone. It's a film that really brings out the trappings of what it is really like to be a growing young adult coping with the problems of understanding love,sex,school,sex changes,stepfather wanting a sex change(I know this is not a usual trapping..just being silly),and wanting more from life than the expected future. Sebastian wants to go on "adventures like Ernest Hemingway." That's the lifeblood of the film. Cole is not your ordinary kid..he thrives to get the most from his life..he wants to discover emotions and unpredictable happenings. He puts himself in situations just to see what results wil occur. He is a complex character and that is what makes this little film special..it's a breath of fresh air and a good experience. ****/*****


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