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Tadpole -- Coming-of-age story about a 15-year-old boy, Oscar, who falls in love with his stepmother, Eve.


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7 November 2002 (Israel) See more »
Everyone says he should date girls his own age. Oscar respectfully disagrees. See more »
Coming-of-age story about a 15-year-old boy, Oscar, who falls in love with his stepmother, Eve. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Aaron Stanford ... Oscar Grubman

Kate Mara ... Miranda Spear

Robert Iler ... Charlie

Peter Appel ... Jimmy - Doorman

Bebe Neuwirth ... Diane Lodder

Ron Rifkin ... Professor Tisch
Alicia Van Couvering ... Daphne Tisch

John Ritter ... Stanley Grubman

Sigourney Weaver ... Eve Grubman
Paul Butler ... Professor Sherman
Michael Connors ... Man in Bar (as Michael W. Connors)
Theo Kogan ... Woman in Bar

Adam LeFevre ... Phil
Hope Chernov ... Samantha Steadman

Debbon Ayer ... Jean

Harry Kellerman ... Tea Waiter
Reade Kelly ... Mr. Smith
Danielle Di Vecchio ... Mrs. Smith (as Danielle Divecchio)
John Feltch ... Mr. Bob Spear
Henry Haile ... Le Gardin Waiter
Lee Brock ... Charlie's Mom
Giselle Berk ... Thanksgiving Party Guest
Steven Disomma ... Thanksgiving Party Guest
Charles Fombrun ... Thanksgiving Party Guest
Joyce Grodinsky ... Thanksgiving Party Guest
Joan Roland ... Thanksgiving Party Guest
Lou Vitale ... Thanksgiving Party Guest
Penny Winick ... Thanksgiving Party Guest
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Marcia DeBonis ... Abigail (uncredited)

Seth Gabel ... Mike (uncredited)
Ebonie Smith ... Betsy (uncredited)

Directed by
Gary Winick 
Writing credits
Heather McGowan (story) (as Heather Mcgowan) &
Niels Mueller (story) &
Gary Winick (story)

Heather McGowan (written by) (as Heather Mcgowan) &
Niels Mueller (written by)

Produced by
Jake Abraham .... associate producer
Alexis Alexanian .... producer
Dolly Hall .... producer
Celeste Jackson .... line producer (as Celeste Peterka)
Caroline Kaplan .... executive producer
Jonathan Sehring .... executive producer
John Sloss .... executive producer
Gary Winick .... producer
Original Music by
Renaud Pion 
Cinematography by
Hubert Taczanowski (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Susan Littenberg 
Casting by
Marcia DeBonis  (as Marcia Debonis)
Jennifer Euston 
Ellen Lewis 
Production Design by
Anthony Gasparro 
Art Direction by
Sara Parks 
Costume Design by
Suzanne Schwarzer 
Makeup Department
Ma Kalaadevi Ananda .... makeup artist: Sigourney Weaver (as Marilyn Carbone)
Evelyne Noraz .... makeup designer
Anthony Veader .... hair designer
Production Management
Jake Abraham .... post-production supervisor
Seth Burch .... unit production manager: additional photography
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael G. Johnson .... first assistant director
John Kaufmann .... second second assistant director
Elaine Kavanagh .... second assistant director
Art Department
Charles Bella Fiore .... prop master (as Charles Bellafiore)
Shelly Federman .... assistant art director
Richard Griggs .... additional art assistance
Linda Mia Turkel .... original artwork: Grubman apartment
Tracy Zimmer .... food stylist
Sound Department
Leslie Bloom .... foley artist
Jason Candler .... foley mixer
Patrick Derivaz .... sound recordist
Dan Edelstein .... additional adr editor
Robert Fernandez .... sound re-recording mixer
Mariusz Glabinski .... post-production sound editor: 701 Sound
Marlena Grzaslewicz .... post-production sound editor: 701 Sound
Dustin Hudson .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Bobby Johanson .... adr engineer
Bruce Kitzmeyer .... foley editor
Dick Kondas .... assistant sound engineer
William Kozy .... production sound mixer
John Marinko .... additional boom operator
Chris Palmisano .... assistant sound engineer
David 'Sharkey' Pruger .... sound mixer: additional photography (as Dave Pruger)
David Ryan .... boom operator (as Dave Ryan)
David Ryan .... sound mixer: additional photography (as Dave Ryan)
Ira Spiegel .... post-production sound editor: 701 Sound
Reilly Steele .... sound re-recording mixer
Dominick Tavella .... sound re-recording mixer
John Werner .... additional adr editor
Ethan Beigel .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Thanos Kazakos .... additional adr recordist (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Luke DiTommaso .... visual effects
Markus Janner .... digital opticals: Duart Digital Lab
Jennifer Russomanno .... digital titles: Duart Film Lab
Keith Yurevitz .... visual effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Maya Allison .... assistant camera
Paul Bonner .... assistant camera
Thomas Caleshu .... electrician
Matt Craig .... additional electrician (as Matthew Craig)
Chad Davidson .... camera operator: "b" camera
Chad Davidson .... gaffer
Theresa Dillon .... still photographer
Curt A. Jentsch .... gaffer: additional photography (as Curt Jentsch)
Curt A. Jentsch .... grip: additional photography (as Curt Jentsch)
Kevin Kennedy .... key grip
Tim Kurdziel .... gaffer: additional photography
Tim Kurdziel .... grip: additional photography
Maddy Lederman .... camera operator: "c" camera
Maddy Lederman .... gaffer
Niels Mueller .... additional camera operator
George Rubacky .... film recorder operator: Arri Laser, Duart Digital Lab
Casting Department
Tuffy Questell .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lori Baker .... wardrobe assistant
Michael Bevins .... wardrobe associate
Mia Morgan .... wardrobe: additional photography
Stacey Saltzman .... assistant costume designer
Suzanne Schwarzer .... wardrobe: additional photography
Editorial Department
Lilah Bankier .... additional editor
Rachel Biles .... first assistant editor
Dan Brown .... assistant editor
Pascale De Laubier .... additional student editor: The Edit Center
Moira Demos .... additional student editor: The Edit Center
Justin Fantasia .... additional student editor: The Edit Center
Paul Frank .... additional editor
Joe Gawler .... colorist
Kehaulani Haydon .... additional student editor: The Edit Center
David Kausch .... assistant editor (as Dave Kausch)
Liza Matlack .... additional student editor: The Edit Center
Kent McGrew .... film timer: Duart Digital Lab (as Kent Mcgrew)
Jay Tilin .... editor: video
Jane Tolmachyov .... colorist: Duart Digital Lab
Allison Eve Zell .... assistant editor
Music Department
Dawn Buckholz Avery .... musician: cello
Michael Auldon Clark .... musician: violin
Linda Cohen .... music supervisor
John M. Davis .... music editor (as John Davis)
Kory Grossman .... musician: marimba, vibraphone
Gregor Kitzis .... musician: violin
Alison LaCourse .... music editor (as Alison Lacourse)
Renaud Pion .... musician: B flat clarinet, bass clarinet, Turkish clarinet, marimba, vibraphone and bells
Joe Rangel .... music coordinator
Alex Steyermark .... executive music producer
Robin Zeh .... musician: violin
Other crew
Maya Allison .... production assistant
Paul Bonner .... production assistant
Paul Brennan .... production legal: Sloss Law Office LLP (as Paul Brennan Esq.)
Thomas Caleshu .... production assistant
Michael Dowling .... production assistant
Lloyd Forcellini .... technical supervisor: Duart Digital Lab
Jennifer Gaylord .... production legal: Sloss Law Office LLP (as Jennifer Gaylord Esq.)
Erin Heidenreich .... sales agent
Jessica Huber .... production assistant
Terri Jackson .... production coordinator
Julia Judge .... creative consultant
Allyson King .... inter-title cards: Red Scare
Karen Tsen Lee .... adr voice group
Brian Leopold .... production assistant
Mario Lopez .... production assistant
Loree Miller .... assistant: Dolly Hall
Yoni Motskin .... production assistant: additional photography
George Moïse .... production assistant (as George Moise)
Anthony Pettine .... script supervisor
Robert Potterton .... production assistant
John Rehberger .... digital mastering: Duart Digital Lab
Nicole Renna .... production assistant: additional photography
Gregory Routt .... location manager
Larry Schmitt .... digital mastering: Duart Digital Lab
Laura Sibley .... production associate: InDigEnt
Sarah Sinclair .... production assistant: additional photography
Mandy Tagger .... production coordinator: InDiGent
Ju Nguan Tan .... production assistant
Michael Ventresco .... inter-title cards: Red Scare
Richard Abraham .... special thanks
Maryse Alberti .... special thanks
David Alexanian .... special thanks
Daniel Algrant .... special thanks (as Dan Algrant)
Christopher Atamian .... special thanks
John Bailey .... special thanks
Holly Becker .... special thanks
Larry Blake .... special thanks
Arianna C. Bocco .... special thanks (as Arianna Bocco)
Eboni Booth .... special thanks
Daniel Boulud .... thanks: location owner, Café Boulud
David Bowie .... special thanks
Paul Brennan .... special thanks
Barry Brown .... special thanks
Stanley F. Buchthal .... special thanks
Nicole Burdette .... special thanks
Max Phillips Buri .... special thanks
Beverly J. Camhe .... special thanks (as Beverly Camhe)
Brother Charles .... thanks: location owner, St. Jean Baptiste High School
Lawrence Chasin .... thanks: location owner, Columbia University (as Dr. Lawrence Chasin)
Tim Chisholm .... special thanks
Morris Clothier .... special thanks
Cindy Coffin .... special thanks
Sam Cohn .... special thanks
Seth Consentino .... special thanks
Wilbur Cummings .... special thanks
Ayres D'Cunha .... special thanks
Julie Dahl .... special thanks
Bruno de Almeida .... special thanks
Juanita DeSilva .... special thanks
Dashiell Duran .... special thanks
Love Duran .... special thanks
Jacqueline Eckhouse .... special thanks (as Jackie Eckhouse)
Peggy Einstein .... thanks: location owner
David Fenner .... special thanks
Austin J. Fig .... thanks: location owner
Sara Finmann .... special thanks
Louise Fitzgerald .... thanks
Susan Fitzpatrick .... thanks: location owner, Insignia Management
Sarah Flack .... special thanks
Elizabeth Floody .... thanks: location owner
Trevor Forde .... thanks: location owner, Metro North Railroad
Seth Gabel .... special thanks (as Seth Cosentino)
Jim Gardner .... special thanks
Michael Gasparro .... thanks
Mark Gill .... special thanks
Lil Glusker .... thanks: location owner
Brian Goluboff .... special thanks
Betty Gordon .... thanks: location owner, Stoned Crow
Cindi Goretski .... special thanks (as Cyndi Goretski)
Lizzie Gottlieb .... special thanks
Barbara Graham .... thanks: location owner, Samagundi Club
Ileen Grille .... special thanks
Fred Grinstein .... special thanks
Bertrand Hara .... thanks: location owner, Payard Patisserie
Scott Haralson .... thanks: location owner, Crosstown Tennis
Ethan Hawke .... special thanks
Paulette Hawkins .... special thanks
Michael Hay .... thanks
Sabine Hoffmann .... special thanks (as Sabine Hoffman)
Marc Isaacman .... special thanks (as Mark Isaacman)
Adam Israel .... special thanks
Allison Jacobs .... special thanks
Caroline Jaczko .... special thanks
Debbie Johnson .... special thanks
David Joseph .... special thanks
Michael Kafka .... special thanks
Henry Kellerman .... thanks: location owner
Linda Kellerman .... thanks: location owner
Kevin Kennedy .... special thanks
Matt Landon .... special thanks
Jennifer Lane .... special thanks
Chay Lawtin .... thanks: location owner
Amanda Leigh .... thanks: location owner
Ronald Levine .... special thanks
Allison Levy .... special thanks
Rachel Levy .... special thanks
Pat Lucas .... special thanks
Jessica Lustgarten .... special thanks
Kyle McCarthy .... thanks: location owner, Metro North Railroad
Yael Melamede .... special thanks
Agnès Mentre .... special thanks (as Agnes Mentre)
Carmine Miller .... special thanks
Matthew B. Miller .... special thanks
Kathryn Morrow .... special thanks
Rob Morrow .... special thanks
Branka Mrkic .... special thanks
Bill Nisselson .... dedicatee
Daniel Norby .... special thanks
Alan Oxman .... special thanks
David Peterka .... special thanks
Lucas 'Baby Tadpole' Peterka .... special thanks
Karen Phillips .... special thanks
Jonathan Porath .... special thanks
Ann-Linda Pugliese .... thanks: location owner, Columbia University biological Science Dept.
Frank Pugliese .... special thanks
Michael Rauch .... special thanks
Tami Reiker .... special thanks
Erica Reynolds .... special thanks
Joan Roland .... thanks: location owner
Reid Rosefelt .... special thanks
Mark Ross .... special thanks
Jay Rubin .... special thanks
Kate Sanford .... special thanks
Midge Sanford .... special thanks
Kevin Schmitt .... special thanks
Richard Schurkamp .... thanks
Eddie Simon .... special thanks (as Ed Simon)
Paul Simon .... special thanks
John Slicker .... thanks: location owner
Peter Sloan .... thanks: Tea Town Cellars
Jacob Smith .... special thanks
Jacob Smith .... thanks: location owner
Pricilla Smith .... thanks: location owner
Tim Spitzer .... special thanks
Fisher Stevens .... special thanks
Alexander Tana .... special thanks
Philip T. Temple .... special thanks (as Philip T. Temple Esq.)
Stephen Tobolowsky .... special thanks
Rocky Tortorella .... special thanks
Matilde Valera .... special thanks (as Matilde P. Valera)
Andrew Wagner .... special thanks
Harvey Weinstein .... special thanks
Tim Williams .... special thanks
Penny Winick .... thanks: location owner
Henry Wrenn-Meleck .... special thanks
Michael Young .... special thanks
Melissa Zaroff .... special thanks

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, mature thematic elements and language
78 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:MA (cable rating) | France:U | Germany:12 | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:MG6 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:PG-13 (certificate #39070)

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Aaron Stanford's feature debut. Although his character is 15, Stanford was 23.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Eve and Oscar are playing tennis, Oscar calls the score as "15-30", and then serves the ball to the left side of the court. It should have been served to the right side.See more »
Oscar:Hey Jimmy.
Jimmy:Hi Tadpole. Back for Thanksgiving?
Oscar:That's right.
Jimmy:<pause> What happened to your hair?
Oscar:I combed it.
Jimmy:Oh. I don't like it.
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
3 stars (out of 4), 15 October 2002
Author: Mike Weston (mweston) from Silicon Valley, CA

Oscar Grubman (newcomer Aaron Stanford, who is really about 25 years old) is a precocious high school sophomore. *Really* precocious. He regularly speaks French in his normal life, and seems to always be reading Voltaire (the one liners seen throughout the film as inter-titles are apparently Voltaire quotes).

The film happens over a long Thanksgiving weekend in New York City. We first see Oscar on the train on his way home, briefly talking to a pretty classmate who seems interested in him. After she leaves, Oscar's friend Charlie (Robert Iler from "The Sopranos"), who may be the sanest character in the film, asks Oscar about her, and Oscar dismisses her by saying that her hands are those of a baby. Apparently he appreciates hands that show more character.

We soon learn that the hands he really likes belong to Eve (Sigourney Weaver). She's a medical researcher, whose marriage to Oscar's father, Stanley (John Ritter), makes her Oscar's stepmother. Oscar does not seem deterred by this little obstacle. I can see his point, as I am also a huge fan of Weaver's (even going so far as to see "Heartbreakers"), but the age difference is pretty extreme, not to mention that little almost incest issue.

Diane (Bebe Neuwirth from "Cheers"), is a chiropractor who is Eve's best friend. *You might want to skip the rest of this paragraph if you don't know much about the film already.* Oscar runs into Diane late at night after drinking too much, and when he smells Eve's perfume on a scarf Diane borrowed, Oscar "accidentally" ends up sleeping with her. This scenario is of course reminiscent of "The Graduate," although Oscar's age causes some to question whether this is comedy or statutory rape. I vote for the former, and in fact Oscar's inexplicable ability to easily be served alcohol in a neighborhood bar bothered me more.

Much comedy ensues. In fact, it occurred to me later that low budget independent films are rarely comedies, and even more rarely this well done. The writing was was only adequate to good, but the performances were very good, especially from Bebe Neuwirth. And some of the wordless reaction shots are priceless.

The film was shot on digital video and transferred to film for distribution to most theaters. I have read complaints about the quality, but it seemed tolerable to me, except perhaps in the opening shots from the train. What matters is that it is not distracting.

I enjoyed this film quite a bit. It isn't life altering in the slightest, but it isn't trying to be. It's definitely worth checking out.

Seen on 8/31/2002.

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