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Tadpole (2000)

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 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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Taglines:

Everyone says he should date girls his own age. Oscar respectfully disagrees. 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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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,882,062, 19 January 2003
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Diane's apartment is actually Gary Winick's mother's apartment. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Daphne Tisch: You're like a forty year old trapped inside a fifteen year olds body. I mean, it's not a bad body!
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits break apart during Oscar's train ride to New York. See more »

Connections

References The Graduate (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Ménilmontant
(1939)
Music by Charles Trenet
Lyrics by Charles Trenet
Performed by Charles Trenet
Courtesy of Arkadia Chansons
By Arrangement with Position Soundtrack Services
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I laughed the whole way through.
5 June 2002 | by JaimerSee all my reviews

I don't think I can give an intellectual critique of this movie, because I reacted to it in a very emotional way: I loved it. I laughed all the way through. The thing that struck me so funny wasn't the dialogue so much as the facial expressions of the performers (though I did laugh every time Bebe Neuwirth opened her mouth.) The look on Charlie's face when he finds out Oscar is in love with his stepmother, the amused look on Diane's face as she watches Oscar panic during dinner at the French restaurant...I could go on.

Also, John Ritter performs the funniest choke take I have ever seen, during the aforementioned French restaurant scene. In short, I enjoyed this movie immensely and have already recommended it to all of my friends.

Finally, in response to the person who found the Voltaire quotes pretentious: I agree, but I think that was the point. After all, a 15 year old who reads Voltaire and thinks girls his age are beneath him is pretty damn pretentious himself.


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