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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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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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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was criticized at the Sundance Festival for its poor technical quality. It was shot on video and suffered from blown out backgrounds, inconsistent color, poor night shots, etc. 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

Charlie: So this means that you slept with Dianne.
Oscar: I realize now that was a mistake. I was drunk, she was wearing Eve's scarf, it smelled of her perfume, I got confused.
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Crazy Credits

Thanks to Alyssa & Lori at Dollar Rent-a-Car ... Tony, Alicia and the folks at Saturn/Tri-State ... Doug and Tony Jr. at Tamberelli Video. See more »

Connections

References The Red Balloon (1956) 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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THANKSGIVING LEFT-OVERS
22 July 2002 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

TADPOLE (2002) ** Sigourney Weaver, Aaron Stanford, Bebe Neuwirth, John Ritter, Robert Iler, Kate Mara, Adam LeFevre, Peter Appel, Alicia Van Couvering, Hope Chernov, Debbon Ayer, Ron Rifkin. Indie hit at Sundance doesn't always mean surefire instant classic as proven in this precious mix of `The Catcher in the Rye' meets `Rushmore' via `The Graduate': snob prep schooler Stanford (suggesting Topher Grace's lethargic brother) returns to his Upper West Side environs for Thanksgiving break to announce his long-hidden secret to his step mother (Weaver): he loves her. Along the way instead he's detoured into a troubling one-nighter with her best friend (Neuwirth, the true saving grace of this overrated film) who proves to be a problem with his desire to come clean about his notions of what love is. Weaver's talent is muted here but Ritter provides some much needed comic relief in one of cinema's best 'choke takes' ever seen. The biggest setback of this otherwise tedious debut by director Gary Winick (who collaborated with his writers Niels Mueller and Heather McGowan) is its anti-hero being such a one-note faux intellectual spouting quotes form Voltaire and pretending not to like girls his age (notably the fetching Mara) that one wants to ring his neck from frustration of his dreadful putting on airs. Why anyone would find him attractive is beyond me since he is a total turn off socially; speaking French only hastens the matter! What could've been a slice of a John Updike short story in its approach fails in its myopic assumption of creating a cult hero like Benjamin Braddock or Holden Caulfield.


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