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Tadpole (2002)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 23 August 2002 (USA)
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Coming-of-age story about a suave 15-year-old prep school student who falls in love with his stepmother. When her best friend responds to his advances, he suddenly finds himself in way over his head.

Director:

Gary Winick

Writers:

Heather McGowan (story) (as Heather Mcgowan), Niels Mueller (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Alicia Van Couvering ... Daphne Tisch
John Ritter ... Stanley Grubman
Sigourney Weaver ... Eve Grubman
Paul Butler Paul Butler ... Professor Sherman
Michael Connors Michael Connors ... Man in Bar (as Michael W. Connors)
Theo Kogan ... Woman in Bar
Adam LeFevre ... Phil
Hope Chernov Hope Chernov ... Samantha Steadman
Debbon Ayer ... 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

This summer, innocence is taking a vacation. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Miramax

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

23 August 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Um Jovem Sedutor See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$150,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$80,682, 21 July 2002

Gross USA:

$2,882,062
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The name "Tadpole" came from the game Pictionary. The whole film was shot in about two weeks. Sigourney Weaver worked for 10 of those days. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Diane Lodder: I don't think Eve is happy. There's a void. Something's missing.
Oscar Grubman: What makes you say that?
Diane Lodder: It's a woman thing. I sense it. I feel it. Plus, last week she said there was a void and something was missing.
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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 »

Connections

References Candide (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major Opus 9
(1830-1)
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Performed by John M. Davis
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yes, it's lightweight, but how often does a genuinely witty, funny romcom come along?
19 June 2003 | by campanologistSee all my reviews

I don't understand the attacks that have been made on this film - not just on this site, but elsewhere on the web.

There are a few holes in the script, and the whole things is less substantial than a soap bubble, but it's still charming, witty and very funny. There are points where you feel they haven't followed something up enough, or explained something enough, but this film has better developed characters than almost any other romantic comedy you could name. Plus, of course, explanation isn't everything. In fact, sometimes, you're better off without it. A film that requires you to think, speculate or assume what might have happened between scenes - or before the film started - isn't that a good thing?

Much has been made of the DV look of the film, but I hardly noticed - and I like a well shot piece of celluloid as much as the next person. Sometimes, though, you just don't need the gorgeous, sweeping vistas of Lawrence of Arabia - and this is a small, independent gem. The use of DV is probably rather more to do with budget than laziness. In fact laziness would seem to be an unlikely part of the equation, what with the film being shot in a fortnight.

If the thought of a 15-year-old spouting Voltaire fills you with the urge to punch someone, this probably isn't the film for you. But how often does a thoughtful, not formulaic, intelligent, witty film come along. My advice would be to disregard the minor flaws and enjoy. 8/10


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