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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 »
3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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

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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 »

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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:

$2,891,288

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,200,241
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Diane Lodder's apartment is actually Gary Winick's mother's apartment. 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

Renaud Pion thanks Selmer and Vandoren. See more »

Connections

References The Red Balloon (1956) 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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Reviewers missing the point
29 July 2003 | by mwyarbroughSee all my reviews

I'm perplexed by the number of people who seem to miss the crucial element of this film: that Oscar is not as mature as he thinks he is. His "love" for Eve doesn't feel real to the viewer because it's not. His patter--at tea, in the bar, and elsewhere--feels forced and self-conscious because it is. Because he is very intelligent, he makes the classic adolescent mistake of overestimating his own maturity and the force of his own feelings. As Diane, Bebe Neuwirth points out that it's not his maturity that draws so many women to him, but that he is still unjaded. That is, his most attractive quality is in fact the precise opposite of what he thinks it is. Eve's rebuff, though a bit ambivalent, forces him to reevaluate his own feelings. The film's only major flaw is that it leaves this process underexplicated, but when at the end he is more responsive to his classmate's overtures it becomes clear that he is starting to see the light, however vaguely. The film's point is thus obvious: a crucial part of growing up is realizing how much growing up one has left to do. That it makes this point in such a refreshing, funny, and absurd way is the film's charm.


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