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Tadpole (2002)

Tadpole (2002)




Critic Consensus: Slight, but good-natured and witty.

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Most 15-year-old boys are obsessed with the opposite sex, but this may be the only area in which Oscar Grubman (Aaron Stanford) could be called typical. An honor student at an exclusive prep school, Oscar is confident, keenly intelligent, speaks fluent French, and is well versed in the work of a number of French authors, particularly his favorite, Voltaire. Oscar seems to have gotten his fascination with French culture from his mother, who several years ago divorced his father Stanley (John Ritter), a college professor, and moved to Paris. Stanley has recently remarried, taking an attractive woman in her mid-forties, Eve (Sigourney Weaver), as his new wife. Oscar, however, senses that Eve isn't happy in their marriage; certain he can give Eve the affection (both physical and emotional) that she needs, Oscar begins waging a low-key but ardent campaign to seduce his step-mother over the course of Thanksgiving weekend, despite the fact a number of Oscar's female classmates have made no secret of their attraction to him. Oscar's efforts to bed Eve attract the attention of one of her close friends, Diane (Bebe Neuwirth), a smart and sexy chiropractor who also becomes the not-entirely-unwelcome focus of Oscar's romantic attentions. Shot using digital video equipment, Tadpole was enthusiastically received at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, where the film's director, Gary Winick, received the Director's Award.more
Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content, mature thematic elements and language)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Gary Winick, Niels Mueller, Heather McGowan, Niels Mueller
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 21, 2003
Box Office: $2.9M
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Aaron Stanford
as Oscar Grubman
John Ritter
as Stanley Grubman
Robert Iler
as Charlie
Ron Rifkin
as Prof. Tisch
Kate Mara
as Miranda Spear
Hope Chernov
as Samantha
Paul Butler
as Prof. Sherman
Hope Chernoy
as Samantha
Lee Brock
as Charlie's Mom
Michael Conners
as Man in Bar
Theo Kogan
as Woman in Bar
Henry Hale
as Le Gardin Waiter
Harry Kellerman
as Tea Waiter
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Critic Reviews for Tadpole

All Critics (120) | Top Critics (37)

A small, charming indie.

August 22, 2002
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

In every respect, director Gary Winick has served up a delectable, entertaining film.

August 21, 2002
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

unpretentiously entertains

Full Review… | July 24, 2011
Old School Reviews

Coming-of-age comedy with some sex.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

It's a flawed but satisfying movie with a great leading man, and a slew of great supporting performances.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Oscar's romantic plight plays well for subtle pathos in addition to laughs.

Full Review… | January 7, 2004

Audience Reviews for Tadpole


Mostly grating story about an arrogant, but brilliant, 15-year-old who falls in love with his stepmother. This movie tries to be edgy, a la Rushmore, but, due to a lack of likable characters, winds up being irritatingly stuffy instead.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

I could rank this higher if it weren't for one thing, the film looses real ground with Oscar getting too obssesed with Eve and even rejecting offers from other women. No matter how smart and sharp a 15 year old kid can be, the chance of getting laid with fine ladies at that age is like finding gold under your bed. No teen would say no to that just because he is in love with someone.

Yet, the film is quite fun to watch, especially for anyone who felt like the main character at some point over those teen years. No connection at all with people of his age, and with way too different interests. That and the taste for mature dames.

Nice wet dream of a movie, could have been better. Bebe Neuwirth looks damn good in this one. Only mentally derranged and under the influence of strange medications i would have prefered Weaver over her.

Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer


This movie is so sweet and funny, watching it just fills me with giggly joy. Everyone is great in this movie and the humour is derived from the characters themselves and thier relationships. It's easy to forget that Oscar is 15, which adds to the effectiveness of the whole story. I love this movie, even though it kind of looks like crap. I don't think digital Hi8 recording was the best way to go with this film.

Emily Armstrong

Super Reviewer

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