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:
Aaron Stanford ...
Miranda Spear
Jimmy - Doorman
Diane Lodder
Professor Tisch
Alicia Van Couvering ...
Daphne Tisch
Stanley Grubman
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

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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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$150,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Diane's apartment is actually Gary Winick's mother's apartment. See more »


When Oscar and Charlie are riding in the car, the scenery outside Charlie's window moves twice as fast as the scenery outside Oscar's window. 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

Thanks to Alyssa & Lori at Dollar Rent-a-Car ... Tony, Alicia and the folks at Saturn/Tri-State ... Doug and Tony Jr. at Tamberelli Video. See more »


Featured in Side by Side (2012) See more »


Written by Christopher Rowell
Performed by King Lear Jet
Courtesy of Beta Cloud
By Arrangement With Music For The Masses
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Charming light comedy never takes itself seriously...
13 March 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

With subject matter that many might consider offensive (fifteen year-old boy in love with his step-mother and seduced by older woman), TADPOLE manages to be a charming, witty light comedy with a sensitive look at a controversial theme--a coming-of-age story with heart.

And its hero, a sophisticated fifteen year-old played by a twenty-five year-old actor (AARON STANFORD), is a natural in the title role, completely convincing as the impressionable youth living with his step-mother (SIGOURNEY WEAVER) and father (JOHN RITTER) in a fancy New York City apartment. Ritter plays the busy working father in one of his rare serious roles and is excellent, as is Weaver as the woman who discovers that her son has been having an affair with her best friend (BEBE NEUWIRTH). Neuwirth makes the most of her sly comic scenes as a temptress who awakens hormones in the teen-ager. A restaurant scene with the boy and his parents is a highlight of the story, where her deceptive conduct is exposed by Ritter's observation of an indiscretion in a mirrored image.

Witty and humorous, never taking itself seriously, it's an amiable tale told with deft touches and it moves briskly under Gary Winick's nimble direction with some nice glimpses of Manhattan's upper east side.

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