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The Adventures of Sebastian Cole (1998)

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In June, 1983, in Dutchess County, New York, Sebastian Cole joins his mother, step-father, and sister for dinner. Hank, Sebastian's step-father, drops a bomb: he announces he's changing ... See full summary »

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Tod Williams

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Tod Williams
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adrian Grenier ... Sebastian Cole
Clark Gregg ... Hank / Henrietta
Aleksa Palladino ... Mary
Margaret Colin ... Joan Cole
John Shea ... Hartley Cole
Marni Lustig ... Jessica Cole
Joan Copeland ... Grandmother Cole
Tom Lacy Tom Lacy ... Grandfather Cole
Gabriel Macht ... Troy
Herbert Russell ... Wayne (as Russel Harper)
Greg Haberny ... Jimmy Bogardus
Peter McRobbie ... Principal
Merritt Wever ... Susan
Marisol Padilla Sánchez ... Woman In Dessert
Rory Cochrane ... Chinatown
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In June, 1983, in Dutchess County, New York, Sebastian Cole joins his mother, step-father, and sister for dinner. Hank, Sebastian's step-father, drops a bomb: he announces he's changing sexes. Sebastian's sister splits immediately for California, and his mother takes him back to England. Jump ahead eight months, Sebastian is back in New York, knocking on Hank's door. Hank (now Henrietta, although all the surgeries aren't complete) takes Sebastian in and is his rock over the next few months of high school. Sebastian's "adventures" are mostly self-destructive. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language and crude sexual references, and for some substance abuse | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Paramount Classics

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Abenteuer des Sebastian Cole See more »

Filming Locations:

Clermont, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,598, 8 August 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$100,041, 17 October 1999
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Culpan Productions LLC See more »
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Dolby SR

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Featured in The Strokes music video for "Hard to Explain". See more »

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The movie that Sebastian and his date go to see is The Mangler. But the film takes place in the mid-1980s and The Mangler was released in 1995. See more »

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Wayne: Why do you want to get out early anyway? What are you going to do with yourself?
Sebastian Cole: Well, get a haircut, pay taxes, die.
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UK versions are cut by 1m 23s to remove a scene of instructional drug taking. See more »

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Spoofs The Karate Kid (1984) See more »

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From the diaries of a teenage loser -- Forgettable!
8 October 2004 | by mdm-11See all my reviews

This should be re-named "Everybody Loves Sebastian". The 1983 rural go-nowhere town high school junior (or senior? - they seemed to flip flop on that one) with weird hair and "Leo-like" good looks has a big plate full of issues. His step-dad announces definite plans to have a sex-change operation, upon which his mom calls the marriage quits; Sebastian is called the "f" word by everyone and their mother, all-the-while "kissing around" with various girls, getting high on Ready-Whip at a supermarket, and saving a "strawberry" prostitute from the clutches of her ruthless pimp.

Sebastian's "buddies" make Eddie Haskal look like a choir boy; bad association doesn't get much worse. Sebastian seems to go for "Harold's" suicide attempts record (although he won't admit suicidal tendanccies). For no apparent reason the genius level SAT scoring Sebastian MUST graduate a year early, although he has no clue about the future, nor does he want to attend college (what gives with this nonsense?).

This film is a look into a few weeks in the life of someone who is PRETTY MESSED UP. The final scene suggests that things will be alright, although the HOW is left entirely up to the viewer.

The makers of this film seem to bank solely on the undisputed appeal of the very attractive male lead. The "story" leaves a lot to be desired. Looking for "what will this gorgeous kid do next...?" doesn't exactly satisfy. The lackluster production values just don't measure up to other films, independent or otherwise. A low budget and weak story need more than a pretty face to carry it through. The "results" of this project are forgettable and an insult to intelligent cinema fans.


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