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.


Gary Winick


Heather McGowan (story) (as Heather Mcgowan), Niels Mueller (story) | 3 more credits »
3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »





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


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


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


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Diane Lodder'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 »


Diane Lodder: Oscar and I...
Oscar Grubman: Both speak French!
Diane Lodder: Oscar and I... are lovers.
Eve Grubman: [shocked] What?
Oscar Grubman: What? Are you drunk?
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Crazy Credits

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Referenced in 13 Going on 30 (2004) See more »


The Revenger's Waltz
Written by John M. Davis
Performed by Franz Hackl, John M. Davis, 'Tom Beckham', John Mettam and Stephan Crump
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Only a Reasonable Entertainment
2 January 2005 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Oscar Grubman (Aaron Stanford) is a fifteen years old French student, who lives in USA, and spends the Thanksgiving with his father Stanley Grubman (John Ritter) and his stepmother Eve (Sigourney Weaver) in their apartment in New York. His mother is French and lives in France. Oscar is very precocious, cultured, polyglot and loves poetry, and he finds the girls of his age very silly, feeling a great attraction for older women. Oscar has a crush on his stepmother. However, her forty and something years best friend Diane Lodder (Bebe Neuwirth) has an affair with Oscar, and he becomes quite confused with this new situation. "Tadpole" is a reasonable comedy only, having some funny situations, but never reaching a target, having a terrible conclusion. When the viewer finishes watching the film, he will certainly ask: -What is the point? Further, in accordance with the information in IMDb, Aaron Stanford was born in 1977. Therefore, he was completely miscast, being twenty-five years old and pretending he is fifteen. Further, he is not charismatic as his character would require. John Ritter is a reasonable actor, but looks very snob in the role of a history professor of Columbia. Sigourney Weaver is lost, in a character who is neither "Mrs. Robinson" nor an example of a faithful wife. The best parts of the story belong to Bebe Neuwirth, who is amazingly funny and makes the film worth, together with its soundtrack. In summary, "Tadpole" is a forgettable entertainment, recommended for killing time. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Um Jovem Sedutor" ("A Young Seducer")

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English | French

Release Date:

23 August 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tadpole See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »


Box Office


$150,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$80,682, 21 July 2002

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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