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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

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Shea (I) and Margaret Colin also play a divorced couple in "Gossip Girl" (2007). See more »

Goofs

Though set in Dutchess County, NY, most of the locations shown are actually in neighboring Ulster County, NY (e.g. the liquor store is in Kingston, NY - the high school is Onteora Jr/Sr High in Boiceville, NY) See more »

Quotes

[following Sebastian's bender]
Henrietta: So tell me about your adventure.
Sebastian: I can't remember anything.
Henrietta: That's going to make a hell of a novel. 300 blank pages.
Sebastian: Shut up.
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Alternate Versions

UK versions are cut by 1m 23s to remove a scene of instructional drug taking. See more »

Connections

References Enter the Dragon (1973) See more »

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Performed by The Motels
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Semi-uneven, yet meaningful family drama
24 December 2001 | by vidalia15See all my reviews

Sebastian Cole stars Adrien Grenier (Drive Me Crazy) as a teen struggling to come to grips with his father's transsexualism.

Director Tod Williams maintains a nice semi-comedic, yet always surefooted tone, which keeps the film grounded, yet also prevents it from becoming too serious.

Grenier too often reminds us of a run-of-the-mill wise street-kid type, not too dissimilar from his role in Drive Me Crazy. Yet, he is effective in both films and has considerable appeal.

The film is at times uneven as we follow the antics of Grenier, along with his longtime buddies, his "girlfriend" Mary, and the rest of his family. Yet, the movie does a good job in its depiction of several disparate family members trying to cope with a family crisis.

Despite a vague ending and the occasional unevenness mentioned above, the film is worth seeing for its honesty and candid portrayal of a father struggling with his sexuality and how it affects the family unit.

Far from flawless, yet ultimately convincing.


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