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Tadpole
Tadpole
Actors: Sigourney Weaver, Aaron Stanford, Kate Mara, Robert Iler, Peter Appel
Director: Gary Winick
Genres: Comedy, Drama
PG-13     2003     1hr 18min

Sigourney Weaver (HEARTBREAKERS, GALAXY QUEST), John Ritter (SLING BLADE), and Bebe Neuwirth (LIBERTY HEIGHTS, THE FACULTY, TV's CHEERS) lead an outstanding cast of stars in a seductively irreverent coming-of-age comedy th...  more »
     
     

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Actors: Sigourney Weaver, Aaron Stanford, Kate Mara, Robert Iler, Peter Appel
Director: Gary Winick
Creators: Gary Winick, Alexis Alexanian, Caroline Kaplan, Celeste Peterka, Dolly Hall, Heather McGowan, Niels Mueller
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Romantic Comedies, Love & Romance
Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 01/21/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/2002
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2002
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 18min
Screens: Color,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 4
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Gerald R. from RACINE, WI
Reviewed on 7/25/2010...
Definitely a guy's movie; fun, farce, sexy, and showing the generous side of people.
A fine coming of age story with some wonderful actors including Bebe Neuwirth and John Ritter.

I kept my copy to watch it again sometime.
Heather F. (8izenuff) from PHOENIX, AZ
Reviewed on 9/12/2009...
This movie was much better than Igby goes down. I liked the voltaire quotes before each scene. I have a problem with an adult woman having sex with a 15 year old boy. It all turns out well for them, so I guess I can shut up about that.
Gary J. (gjones) from TROUTDALE, OR
Reviewed on 6/25/2009...
Amazingly-crafted picture, with a real indie feel (and a star-studded cast) about a complicated young man who has fallen in love with his stepmother. Aaron Stanford is incredible as the smart, mature, but 15-year-old young man slowly growing crazy as he deals with this insane desire for the woman (Sigourney Weaver) his father (John Ritter) married. Bebe Neuwirth from Frasier fame shines as a close friend of Weaver. I laughed and cheered through the whole movie. I hope you watch it, you won't be sorry.
Molly S. from ROSEBURG, OR
Reviewed on 8/8/2008...
This is a wonderful funny movie about a boy trying to find his place in the world by acting older just to find he is happy with his life the way it is and with people his own age.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

An absolute charmer
Anna Otto | Seattle, WA United States | 06/07/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A movie I've seen just a couple of days back at the Seattle International Film Festival, this reminded me most of The Graduate, simply because both films are about not quite mature boys who get seduced by older women. The comparison stops there, however, because as classic as The Graduate is, Tadpole has far more charm and humor. And the performance of Aaron Stanford, playing a 15-year-old boy in love with his French, sophisticated, beautiful stepmother (Weaver), is just as breakthrough as Dustin Hoffman's had been in its time.Tadpole, our hero, comes home from school for the holidays, quoting Voltaire and aspiring to greater heights of human emotion. A few setbacks at the beginning send him to alcohol and the arms of an older woman, his stepmother Eve's best friend. Quickly he finds himself caught in the intrigues and complexities of the adult world which he navigates with courage but no skill. The humor comes naturally from the story. As Oedipan as the tale may sound, the light, sympathetic way in which it was directed by Gary Winick with a 35-mm camera, and the natural resolution of the drama let us empathize with the protagonist and his quest. We've all been there, in a sense, wishing ourselves older and more experienced, while stuck in a 15-year-old body. The audience gave the movie an ovation - granted, a common occurrence at the festival. Still, not every movie gets one, and not every movie gets a prize at Sundance. Worth seeing twice."
He loved well, but not wisely 3 1/2 Stars
MICHAEL ACUNA | Southern California United States | 08/11/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)

""Tadpole" is a very gentle story of unrequited love; but in this scenario we have a stepson Oscar Grubman (Aaron Stanford) longing for the mind, body and soul of his stepmother Eve (Sigourney Weaver). Gary Winick has directed this film with one eye on "The Graduate" and the other on "Oedipus Rex": a pretty potent combination.
Oscar Grubman is fifteen, infatuated with the writings of Voltaire and in love with life and learning as well as his stepmom. He has come home to NYC from boarding school for Thanksgiving and through a series of circumstances, mostly having to do with his consumption of large quantities of whiskey, ends up in bed with his stepmom's friend, Diane (Bebe Neuwirth). A large portion of this very short film is spent on Oscar attempting to keep Diane from telling Eve about the fling.
"Tadpole" made a big splash at Sundance last year and I think it was because it is so likeable as a film and in Aaron Stanford's performance as Oscar. "You can count on me" made a similar impact at Sundance a couple of years ago. So much of what is seen at Sundance is so downbeat and depressing that both of these life-affirming films must have seemed like a breath of fresh air to the judges.
With all that said, "Tadpole" is indeed a nice way to spend an hour or so: nothing major, nothing earth-shaking...just a quiet, smart, well acted film about the heart and where it can sometimes take us."
Here's To You, Sigourney Weaver
Exguyparis | Lansdowne, PA USA | 03/14/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is a low-budget dramatic comedy that tackles the older woman/younger man tale, throwing in a few interesting plot twists. Aaron Stanford plays Oscar Grubman, a mature fifteen year old who is part Holden Caulfield, part Benjamin from the graduate, and part, as another reviewer pointed out, Oedipus Rex. Stanford's film debut is auspicious-I expect we will see good things in the future from this actor.John Ritter is effective as the oblivious father; I didn't even recognize him behind the beard. I was never a big John Ritter fan, but here he is quite effective. Sigourney Weaver is beautiful and sexy as the stepmother (she should be the poster child for "aging gracefully"!). Bebe Neuwirth is hysterical and wonderful as Diane, the older woman who introduces Oscar to the joys of sex. The scene in the restaurant, where Oscar meets some of Diane's friends, is priceless, and all her scenes with Aaron Stanford are delightful.I found the film to be upbeat, fun, funny, and an enjoyable portrait of the challenges of growing up and learning about sex."