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Everyone says he should date girls his own age. Oscar respectfully disagrees.
"Tadpole" is the childhood nickname of Oscar Grubman (Aaron Stanford). Now 15 years old, we find him at the start of the film returning home to New York City from boarding school for Thanksgiving break with his best friend Charlie (Robert Iler). The girls seem to dig him, after all he's charming, charismatic, speaks fluent French and has an obsession with Voltaire.
Unfortunately for the young ladies Oscar also has an obsession with his stepmother, Eve (Sigourney Weaver). Currently being ignored by the boy's workaholic history professor dad (John Ritter), Oscar believes he can give the woman what she needs. As it turns out, he's just as like to give Eve's best friend Diane (Bebe Neuwirth) what she needs. Hilarity and adolescent confusion ensue.
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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda
- Film teen drama family romance money New York stepmother father adolescence
Persons of interest
- Aaron Stanford .... Oscar Grubman
- Robert Iler .... Charlie
- Sigourney Weaver .... Eve
- John Ritter .... Stanley Grubman
- Bebe Neuwirth .... Diane
- Adam Lefevre .... Phil
- Peter Appel .... Jimmy
- Alicia van Couvering .... Daphne Tisch
- Kate Mara .... Miranda Spear
- Hope Chernov .... Samantha
- Debbon Ayer .... Jean
- Ron Rifkin .... Professor Tisch
- Paul Butler .... Professor Sherman
- Seth Cosentino .... Mike
- Heather McGowan .... Screenwriter
- Niels Mueller .... Screenwriter
- Gary Winick .... Director
Cinematic intelligence sources
- Tadpole official movie site
- Awards and film festivals:
- Sundance Film Festival 2002: Screening
- See also 48 shades, Running with scissors
- Studios and distributors:
Special Agent Matti
Rushmore without the wrist-slashing.
And with the paedophilia.
Tadpole is one of those arty films that suits perfectly the kind of teenager who is into arty films. The kind of teenager who thinks that learning about ancient Grecian gods is a little bit modern. The kind who thinks that Bailey's and a spa is the height of civilisation. The kind who uses words like "boorish" in conversation and knows what it means. If you're one of those teenagers, or ever were, then this film is for you, otherwise, it's as dry and boring as a stale piece of toast.
Media intelligence (DVD)
- Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound
- Languages: English
- Picture: Widescreen (1.85:1)
- Special features:
- Commentaries: Gary Winick
- Subtitles: English
Security censorship classification
MA 15+ (Adult themes)
78 minutes (1:18 hours)