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Tadpole (2000)

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

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3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »
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Professor Tisch
Alicia Van Couvering ...
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Paul Butler ...
Professor Sherman
Michael Connors ...
Man in Bar (as Michael W. Connors)
Theo Kogan ...
Woman in Bar
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Hope Chernov ...
Samantha Steadman
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Jean
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

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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23 August 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Um Jovem Sedutor  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$150,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$80,682, 21 July 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,882,062, 19 January 2003
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Trivia

Because of the film's threadbare budget, the cast had to take a pay-cut. Even an A-lister like Sigourney Weaver. See more »

Goofs

When Oscar helps Eve wash the dishes, before he kisses her, the bowls on the shelf in front of them change, (the rice bowls on the left front) change to behind the saucers. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

References Candide (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Ammo
Written by Christopher Rowell
Performed by King Lear Jet
Courtesy of Beta Cloud
By Arrangement With Music For The Masses
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I laughed the whole way through.
5 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

I don't think I can give an intellectual critique of this movie, because I reacted to it in a very emotional way: I loved it. I laughed all the way through. The thing that struck me so funny wasn't the dialogue so much as the facial expressions of the performers (though I did laugh every time Bebe Neuwirth opened her mouth.) The look on Charlie's face when he finds out Oscar is in love with his stepmother, the amused look on Diane's face as she watches Oscar panic during dinner at the French restaurant...I could go on.

Also, John Ritter performs the funniest choke take I have ever seen, during the aforementioned French restaurant scene. In short, I enjoyed this movie immensely and have already recommended it to all of my friends.

Finally, in response to the person who found the Voltaire quotes pretentious: I agree, but I think that was the point. After all, a 15 year old who reads Voltaire and thinks girls his age are beneath him is pretty damn pretentious himself.


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