Tadpole

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Released 2002

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Director:
Gary Winick
Released:
2002
Rating:
PG-13
Tadpole is a 2002 coming-of-age film about a precocious young man who falls in love with his stepmother. Oscar Grubman (Aaron Stanford) is a 15-year-old boy who is mature beyond his years. Dignified and well-read, he ignores the prettiest girl in school, Miranda Spear (Kate Mara), because he doesn't consider her to be worldly enough. When his best friend, Charlie (Robert Iler), asks him why he did not go for Miranda despite her obvious interest, Oscar reveals that he is already in love with a much older woman. The identity of that woman is revealed when Oscar returns home from Thanksgiving: the woman is his stepmother, Eve (Sigourney Weaver). Eve, however, is oblivious to his affections and ignores Oscar's constant attempts to flirt with her. Frustrated, Oscar goes out and gets drunk at a bar, where he meets one of Eve's friends and goes home with her. Will Eve ever understand that Oscar loves her and, even if she does, how will she react to being the object of her stepson's affections?moreless

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  • 90

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    A smart sex comedy that successfully swims upstream to spawn and score.

  • 80

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Shot in just two weeks with a hand-held digital camera, the movie often looks frayed around the edges. Yet it has a soulful heart and a clear grasp of its rarefied milieu (Manhatta...

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    The witty coming-of-age film is marred by an uneven, digitally shot look, a disservice to its first-rate cast.

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    Comedy, Drama

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    Romantic Comedy, Coming of Age, Independent, Love & Romance, Teen