The Adventures of Sebastian Cole (1998)

R  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hank / Henrietta Rossi
Joan Cole
Jessica Cole
Tom Lacy ...
Wayne (as Russel Harper)
Greg Haberny ...
Jimmy Bogardus
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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 <>

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Comedy | Drama

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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)  »

Also Known As:

Die Abenteuer des Sebastian Cole  »

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


$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 »


When Sebastian is running to catch the school bus his blue scarf is on again, off again through the entire scene after he misses the bus. See more »


[following Sebastian's bender]
Henrietta: So tell me about your adventure.
Sebastian: I can't remember anything.
Henrietta: That's going to make a hell of a novel. 300 blank pages.
Sebastian: Shut up.
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If you're looking for something different in a sea of "American Pie's," check this one out.
31 March 2005 | by (New York City, New York) – See all my reviews

There are some that love this movie, and there are some that hate it with the fire of a thousand suns. True, this movie isn't for everyone, but if you're like me, it might possibly become one of your favorites of all time. I'm a big 80s junky, I love all the classics, from John Hughes to Cameron Crowe, and I always thought they just don't make teenage movies like the ones from yesteryear anymore. Then came Sebastian Cole. It looked and felt like a film picked straight out of the Golden Age, back in the 80s when teen movies were in their prime. The film was a timeless, edgy, and original take on something we've all seen before: the coming of age story. The title character, Sebastian, is endearing, and though the plot can get a bit slow at times, you're always interested in where his life is leading next during the course of the story. His relationships with his sister, his friends, his girlfriend, and his stepfather all pan out beautifully and by the end, you feel like you know these people. If you're looking for something new and different in a sea of "American Pie's", you should definitely check this movie out.

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