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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Oscar Grubman
... Miranda Spear
... Charlie
... Jimmy - Doorman
... Diane Lodder
... Professor Tisch
Alicia Van Couvering ... Daphne Tisch
... Stanley Grubman
... Eve Grubman
Paul Butler ... Professor Sherman
Michael Connors ... Man in Bar (as Michael W. Connors)
Theo Kogan ... Woman in Bar
... Phil
Hope Chernov ... Samantha Steadman
... 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 »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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23 August 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Um Jovem Sedutor  »

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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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The name "Tadpole" came from the game Pictionary. The whole film was shot in about two weeks. Sigourney Weaver worked for 10 of those days. 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 »

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References The Graduate (1967) See more »

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Valse brillante No. 2 in A minor Opus 34
(1831)
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Performed by John M. Davis
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I laughed the whole way through.
5 June 2002 | by See 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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