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
Woman In Desert


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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Sebastian Cole: First I have to live a little so I have something to write about.
Henrietta Cole: So, for the time being, you're just going to live a little?
Sebastian Cole: No, I'm going to live a lot.
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There's only one good thing about this film.
22 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

I expected a lot more out of this film. The preview looked interesting so I decided to check it out. Bottom line is that "The Adventures of Sebastian Cole" only had one decent thing: Adrian Grenier.

I really like Grenier and found his performance to be very pleasing. The character is designed well, but everything else sort of just drifts along through the duration of the movie. Clark Gregg is really good, but I don't think that his character was explained too well. I mean there's not too much to explain; he wants to become a woman. Still, something was missing.

The obvious low budget of the film was nice to see. I enjoyed that the movie was filmed on just a script (a bad one at that) and just a few actors. It was a nice change.

While the main idea of the film was actually okay, it became disappointing to see a lot of scenes that had nothing to do with it just thrown in here and there. Like I said, the script looked promising and I must say that I was interested where director Tod Williams was headed, but it was basically a very slow movie with not too good of dialogue.

"Sebastian" started to look good towards the end, but again, it fell right back down into a hole. The acting was mostly good, the writing is in need of some work, yet the budget of the film helped it out in the long run.

I would recommend this to someone if they wanted to watch a quiet movie with a strong lead character, but other than that I would stay away. Personally, I wouldn't watch it twice.

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