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Tod Williams (written by)
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In June, 1983, in Dutchess County, New York, Sebastian Cole joins his mother, step-father, and sister for dinner... See more » | Add synopsis »
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4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Down and Out in Nowheres, U.S.A. See more (24 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Adrian Grenier ... Sebastian Cole

Clark Gregg ... Hank / Henrietta Rossi

Aleksa Palladino ... Mary

Margaret Colin ... Joan Cole

John Shea ... Hartley

Marni Lustig ... Jessica Cole

Joan Copeland ... Grandmother
Tom Lacy ... Grandfather

Gabriel Macht ... Troy

Herbert Russell ... Wayne (as Russel Harper)
Greg Haberny ... Jimmy Bogardus

Peter McRobbie ... Principal

Merritt Wever ... Susan

Marisol Padilla Sánchez ... Woman In Desert

Rory Cochrane ... Chinatown

Levon Helm ... Juvie Bob

Famke Janssen ... Fiona

Tennison Hightower ... Anne

Nicole Ari Parker ... Nurse Jenny
Graeme Malcolm ... John
Dan Tedlie ... Hall Monitor

Miguel Nájera ... Man In Desert

Jane Jensen ... Nightclub Girl
C.S. O'Brien ... Batting Cage Guy
Nikki Liberti ... Waitress

Joe Lisi ... Concrete Guy

Tod Williams ... Liquor Store Guy (as Kip Williams)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joseph C. Felece ... Gym Teacher (uncredited)

Francis Maiorino ... Gator (uncredited)

Directed by
Tod Williams 
 
Writing credits
Tod Williams (written by)

Produced by
Karen Barber .... producer
Jasmine Kosovic .... producer
 
Original Music by
Elizabeth Swados 
 
Cinematography by
John Foster 
 
Film Editing by
Affonso Gonçalves 
 
Casting by
Ann Goulder 
 
Costume Design by
Eric Daman 
 
Makeup Department
Kerrie R. Plant .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Kendall McCarthy .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Neil Daly .... assistant director
Jeff Huston .... second assistant director
Russell Parr .... second second assistant director
Guy H. Rocourt II .... first assistant director
Duncan White .... first assistant director: additional photography
 
Art Department
John K. Berry .... grip: Los Angeles
Heather Dunbar .... set dresser
Kyle Kinsella .... property master
Riel Paley .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Tom Efinger .... sound
Robert Fernandez .... sound
Amishjim Schulze .... boom operator
Thomas Varga .... sound mixer
Thomas Varga .... sound
Damian Volpe .... sound editor
 
Stunts
Jeffrey Lee Gibson .... stunt coordinator (as Jeffery Gibson)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Nicholas R. Bell .... third grip
Paul Burns .... Steadicam operator
Casey Campbell .... gaffer
Riad Deeb .... grip
Kate Fix .... second assistant camera
Alan Jacobsen .... gaffer: Los Angeles
Tom Jensen .... first assistant camera: Los Angeles
Adam Silver .... electrician
Jason Summers .... first assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Rebecca L. Murray .... casting assistant
 
Editorial Department
Jim Finn .... negative cutter
Harry Muller .... color timer
 
Music Department
Buck Damon .... music consultant
Lynn Geller .... music supervisor
Amanda Scheer-Demme .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Jennifer Latham .... location manager
Francis Maiorino .... key set assistant
Ted Roach .... production coordinator: Los Angeles
Maureen Tuohy .... script supervisor
 
Thanks
Ted Hope .... special thanks
Cole Sebastian .... special thanks
 

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Rated R for language and crude sexual references, and for some substance abuse
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99 min
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Featured in The Strokes music video for "Hard to Explain".See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: 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:
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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Movie Connections:
Spoofs The Karate Kid (1984)See more »
Soundtrack:
Help You AnnSee more »

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1 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Down and Out in Nowheres, U.S.A., 27 July 2004
Author: Pepper Anne from Orlando, Florida

I like the Adventures of Sebastian Cole, but I'm still trying out to figure whether there was a point to the whole thing. For me, it just plays out as an amusing string of events with characters passing in and out, with little of pithy moral messages meant to inspire the coming-of-age Sebastian.

Adrien Grenier (hubba! hubba!) portrays the idle Sebastian Cole, an aspiring writer (or so he says) who comes from a pretty strange family setting. The movie opens up with Sebastian in a car crash in the middle of the desert somewhere, and he's discovered by a young Spanish woman who cleans up his pretty nast wounds. She asks him of the whereabouts of his family, and he stares into a family photo, which sets up the flashback which becomes the adventures of Sebastian Cole.

Flashback to the boonies of New York, 1983 (get a load of the clothes). Sebastian's family is kind of a scattered one. His mother is married to a wealthy, charismatic, but absentee father. When his stepfather, Hank (Clark Gregg doing a fine job as the likable, level-headed Hank), who is mother is presently married to (at the time of the introduction) announces his plans to become a woman, things get turned upside down and everyone exhibits their own various release. The sister takes off with a creepy guy named Troy and goes through several strange appearance alterations as some sort of acting out. Sebastian's mother (now Hank's ex-wife), takes off for England and basically separates herself entirely from Hank during his transition. Sebastian is the only one to stick by Hank side, somewhat reluctantly at first as he appears understandably uneasy about the situation.

So, Sebastian has to stick it out in this desolate town that Hank lives in now. It's less about him having any sort of Kerouac adventures that may inspire some good writing, and more about simply drifting around and engaging in one situation after another. Things just sort of happen, but nothing really important. Just an amusing string of events inflicted upon Cole. It may be more entertaining had Sebastian, as a character, been less egotistical and too-cool-to-move and more of an interesting character with more appreciable qualities that might give Cole's experiences some kind of meaning. Without such qualities, he's more like an existentialist. Nothing really matters to him. Just get through school and get out of town. And then what? Who knows.

The better part of the movie occurs during the transactions between Cole and Hank, or really anyone and Hank, since he is the more interesting character with more to say, although we really don't see him doing much. To me, Hank should've been the main character, though the sex change operation matters should not consume the whole story had this been the way things are. But, he seems like such a personable guy, something we can take away from. Maybe the only character we can, while the rest seem to float in and out of the story. Sebastian's life appears to be nothing more than adolescent listlessness. His parents seem like trashy figures, especially the grandparents who don't seem to acknowledge their grandson as anything more than a physical occupation of space. They're really quite awful, and I suppose, Sebastian was rebelling against all that. But in a way that showed no purpose. Sort of, as to say, I'll do the opposite of anything structured I've learned. It doesn't matter what I do, so long as it is the opposite. In the end, not only is there no purpose, but it's only entertaining as far as watching a couple of days pass in the life of a somewhat eccentric, totally egotistical teenager.

The family element occupies a lot of the story, and seems to be one of the themes that are most predominant (if not the only one), epitomized by the fact that Sebastian's family setting is so bizarre (split even further as the film continues) and the final scene with the Spanish family back in the desert as the flashback closes.

Teenagers who aren't so stupid as to be unable to handle the plot about Hank's/Henrietta's transition from male to female would probably enjoy this movie for simply being the strange story of a young boy's wild time in Nowheres, U.S.A. Grenier in interesting enough to pull that off, and gain that appeal. It's still entertaining, even if the focus of the whole thing doesn't matter much, or doesn't try too hard to make itself known (as a result of the writing). Though, judging from the use of Blank Generation during the finale motorcyle run through the halls, the song speaks to why Sebastian acts the way he does. And his friends as well. Basically, everything is crap. He's not like his mother or his wealthy father (listen to the different advice his father and Hank give him on his birthday). Hank is more down to earth, more genuine, while everyone else Sebastian knows just seems to be so wrapped up in themselves (and Sebastian is guilty of this, too) and in total worthlessness. They all seem to be running in circles. Hank seems like the only refreshing departure of this.

Everyone does a fine acting job. Russell Harper, as always, was one of my favorite characters, aside from Gregg. Gabriel Macht, who plays Troy, reminds me of Matthew Modine's character, Wooderson, from Dazed and Confused. Except, Troy is hopelessly idiotic and so in love with himself in ways Wooderson could never be.

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