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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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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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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 »

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The movie that Sebastian and his date go to see is The Mangler. But the film takes place in the mid-1980s and The Mangler was released in 1995. 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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Features The Mangler (1995) See more »

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Banana in My Cabana (I Wanna Put My)
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A touching coming-of-age story filled with wit and irony
18 June 2003 | by (Michigan) – See all my reviews

The Adventures of Sebastian Cole is a movie about Sebastian, a teenage boy who has an extremely dysfunctional family. His father is married to a South East Asian woman and is hardly ever around. His mother is married to a man named Hank. She has a partial breakdown when Hank reveals that he is going to have a sex change operation. She takes Sebastian and moves back to her homeland England. Sebastian doesn't like England so he goes back to stay with his step father Hank, who is now in the process of becoming a woman and called Henrietta. While staying with her he has many intentional adventures that he plans on using in a novel that he wants to write. These adventures include nearly drinking himself to death, getting high from a whip cream bottle, being with a girl named Mary, and riding his bike through the halls of his school as a masked man. The movie had many different plot twists but some of the story became dragged out longer than it should off. Still when it reached the end I found myself in tears, which I would consider a good quality because it means that I became close enough to the characters to become emotionally involved.

The acting was good, especially the performance of Adrian Grenier. I loved him as Sebastian. He was comical and dramatic. Sebastian was maturing though out the film but still had a lot to learn about life. Adrian Grenier knew how to become this character and I think that his performance was phenomenal.


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