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Tadpole (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 23 August 2002 (USA)
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Coming-of-age story about a 15-year-old boy, Oscar, who falls in love with his stepmother, Eve.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jimmy - Doorman
Diane Lodder
Professor Tisch
Alicia Van Couvering ...
Daphne Tisch
Stanley Grubman
Paul Butler ...
Professor Sherman
Michael Connors ...
Man in Bar (as Michael W. Connors)
Theo Kogan ...
Woman in Bar
Hope Chernov ...
Samantha Steadman


Beautiful, sophisticated women are all over Oscar Grubman. He is sensitive and compassionate, speaks French fluently, is passionate about Voltaire, and thinks the feature that tells the most about a woman is her hands. On the train home from Chauncey Academy for the Thanksgiving weekend, Oscar confides in his best friend that he has plans for this vacation--he will win the heart of his true love. But there is one major problem--Oscar's true love is his stepmother Eve. Oscar is certain that he could be a better mate to Eve than his work-obsessed father. He fails to win Eve's heart and is consequently dejected. Oscar's path to his true love is further crossed by Diane, Eve's best friend who, one night while wearing Eve's borrowed perfumed scarf, offers him temporary comfort in an unconventional tryst. For Diane, Oscar fills a void in her life. For Oscar, Diane is somewhat of a distraction, as his continued pursuit of Eve leads to an unexpected resolution. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Everyone says he should date girls his own age. Oscar respectfully disagrees. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, mature thematic elements and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 August 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Um Jovem Sedutor  »

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Box Office


$150,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$80,682 (USA) (19 July 2002)


$2,882,062 (USA) (17 January 2003)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Filmed in 2000. See more »


When Oscar shakes hands with Samantha at Payard his hands are bare, but a moment later when he asks to speak to Diane privately he has on a pair of black leather gloves. See more »


Oscar: You didn't happen to tell anyone about what happened last night, did you?
Diane: Would it matter if I had? You're a grown up
[pauses to light cigarette]
Diane: or close enough.
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Crazy Credits

Renaud Pion thanks Selmer and Vandoren. See more »


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An excellent film...wonderful example of storytelling.
18 June 2002 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

I was lucky enough to see this film at the Cine Vegas Film Festival last week and I must say that I am shocked at its low overall score thus far. The best part of this film is its screenplay. Heather McGowen and Niels Mueller did an wonderful job putting this story together. If you are looking for a film that knows how to develop its characters, build suspense and most importantly can tell a story the way it is meant to be told, then you need to see Tadpole. The acting in this film was also excellent. Bebe Neuwirth, John Ritter and Aaron Stanford gave great performances. This is a funny and touching film that anyone that is a fan of a good screenplay will enjoy.

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