Tadpole

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Studio Platinum Disc Llc
SKU 225629692
UPC 096009778996
UPC 14 00096009778996
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Coming Of Age
Family Life
High School Students
New York City
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Editors Note
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.
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
Directors
Gary Winick
Actors
Aaron Stanford
Sigourney Weaver
Cast & Crew
John Ritter - Star
Aaron Stanford - Star
Bebe Neuwirth - Star
Sigourney Weaver - Star
Robert Iler - Star
Dolly Hall - Producer
Alexis Alexanian - Producer
Gary Winick - Producer
Niels Mueller - Screenwriter
Caroline Kaplan - Executive Producer
John Sloss - Executive Producer
Jonathan Sehring - Executive Producer
Heather McGowan - Screenwriter
Gary Winick - Director
Technical Info
UPC 00096009778996
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 78 minutes
Features
DVD
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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