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The Adventures of Sebastian Cole (1998)

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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
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Mary
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Joan Cole
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Hartley Cole
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Jessica Cole
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Grandmother Cole
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Grandfather 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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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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Featured in The Strokes music video for "Hard to Explain". See more »

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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 »

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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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Written and performed by Eric Goulden (as Wreckless Eric)
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Interesting but ultimately a let down
2 January 2001 | by (Philly) – See all my reviews

This well regarded (critically) movie seemed very promising as a character study of young Sebatian Cole and his Step "father/mother", the pre-op transexual Hank/Henrietta. While there certainly were interesting issues and very well acted roles the film is ultimately let down by its own story line and character.

We come to seriously dislike Sebastian, our "hero". He goes from an engaging young man who is lost but obviously intelligent to a young punk who makes decisions for himself and his life that are totally illogical and out of character. Very well acted by Adrian Grenier but sadly unlovable.

Hank's character is the one we come to enjoy and admire. In a rough rural area to chose to become a woman is a unique and obviously dangerous decision, especially when you take into account his wife and her 2 children. A courageous decision that doesn't appear to detract from Hank's/Henrietta's very strong morality and view of what is ruight or wrong in life.

A bold attempt of a movie but by the end I just didn't care.

Try again.


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