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Tadpole (2002)

Director: Gary Winick     Starring: Aaron Stanford Sigourney Weaver
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Format: DVD
Sku: 225629692
UPC: 096009778996
UPC 14: 00096009778996
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Editor's Note
Fifteen-year-old Chauncey Prep student Oscar Grubman (Aaron Stanford) feels that girls his own age haven't lived enough, which is why he's coming home to Manhattan's Upper East Side for Thanksgiving to profess his love to his stepmother, Eve (Sigourney Weaver)--whose marriage to his professor father (John Ritter) has become routine and uninspiring. Unable to find the right moment to express himself, Oscar slips out to a bar after dinner and finds himself drunk and missing his wallet. Walking home, he bumps into Eve's best friend, Diane (Bebe Neuwirth), a sexy chiropractor who offers to take him home to detox. A backrub leads to a kiss, which results in Oscar and Diane spending the night together. Oscar, feeling he has betrayed his true love, must now prevent Diane--who laughs at the whole situation--from telling Eve what has happened between them.| |TADPOLE's sophisticated script by Heather McGowan and Niels Mueller plays like Woody Allen minus the neuroticism, taking a potentially exploitative situation and handling it with with intelligence and great wit. Stanford (who was 23 at the time of filming) gives a restrained comic performance as the Voltaire-quoting youth, holding his own with veterans Weaver, Ritter, and Neuwirth--who practically holds the film together with her timing and sexuality. This scant (77 minutes), but charming production, shot on digital video, was a surprise hit at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.


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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Platinum Disc Llc
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/10/2012
Video Play Time Running Time: 78 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2002
Video UPC UPC: 00096009778996
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info John Ritter
Video Cast Info Aaron Stanford
Video Cast Info Bebe Neuwirth
Video Cast Info Sigourney Weaver
Video Cast Info Robert Iler
Video Cast Info Dolly Hall - Producer
Video Cast Info Alexis Alexanian - Producer
Video Cast Info Gary Winick - Producer
Video Cast Info Niels Mueller - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Caroline Kaplan - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info John Sloss - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Jonathan Sehring - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Heather McGowan - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Gary Winick - Director

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone
"...Funny and touching..." 05/10/2002 p.88

Movieline's Hollywood Life
"...Stanford is a major find....This crowd-pleasing winner instantly catapults Winick to the front ranks of the new directors' club..." 07/01/2002 p.40-2

Entertainment Weekly
"...[An] ingratiating romantic coming-of-age comedy....Stanford does a splendid job..." 07/26/2002 p.44

New York Times
"...[Mr. Stanford] flawlessly captures his character's aching, doe-eyed sincerity and yearning goodness....[The film] has a soulful heart and a clear grasp of its rarefied milieu..." 07/19/2002 p.E15

Los Angeles Times
"...TADPOLE plays like a witty, well-told short story, sly and delightful..." 07/19/2002 p.C12

USA Today
"...TADPOLE is an irreverent and witty comedy in which the events aren't predictable but are well paced..." 07/19/2002 p.8E

Total Film
"...Neuwirth's saucy seductress is magnificent and Weaver brings vulnerability to her ice maiden. But this is Stanford's show, his talent burning from every frame..." 07/01/2003 p.101

Sight and Sound
"...Winick gets the most from the cast..." 08/01/2003 p.59-60

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