Tadpole

Tadpole

Director: Gary Winick

Cast: Gary Winick, Sigourney Weaver, Aaron Stanford, John Ritter

     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Charmingly sweet and literate, this sexual comedy of errors provides a far less forced J.D. Salinger update than the previous year's wildly praised The Royal Tenenbaums. With its muted digital-video palette and tasteful Upper West Side environs, Gary Winick's cinematic universe is as familiar as a Woody Allen classic. But the script, by Niels Mueller and Heather McGowan, proves equally at home in the poetry-steeped libido of a precocious teen as it does in the quiet contentment of finely appointed professionals. Sigourney Weaver buttons down, inhabiting a more thoughtful, less brittle variation on the upper middle-class matron she played so convincingly in Ang Lee's The Ice Storm. John Ritter, meanwhile, continues his impressive string of character roles as the frumpy professor whose son rightly sees through his hollow domestic routine. In the title role, Aaron Stanford is a revelation, needy but grave and dignified, the gears turning almost invisibly behind his hungry eyes. But it's Bebe Neuwirth's wicked cackle and Broadway-honed comic acuity that give the film its friction and its warm sense of abandon. These characters live in a carefully circumscribed world of rent control and the right wine, but Neuwirth's vitality breaks through the exteriors and into the heart of the matter -- the crackle of longing that accumulates like static electricity and sometimes discharges at the wrong place and time. It's almost ridiculous to single out yet another performance after praising all of the principals, but Robert Iler shines, too, as Oscar's common-sensical comic foil. From its cast to its cinematography to its finely honed dialogue, Tadpole gets every little detail right.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/10/2012
UPC:
0096009778996
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Miramax Echo Bridge
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:18:00
Sales rank:
88,969

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sigourney Weaver Eve
Aaron Stanford Oscar Grubman
John Ritter Stanley Grubman
Bebe Neuwirth Diane
Robert Iler Charlie
Adam Le Fevre Phil
Peter Appel Jimmy
Alicia van Couvering Daphane Tisch
Kate Mara Miranda Spear
Hope Chernov Samantha
Debbon Ayer Jean
Ron Rifkin Professor Tisch
Paul Butler Professor Sherman

Technical Credits
Gary Winick Director,Producer
Jake Abraham Associate Producer
Alexis Alexanian Producer
Linda Cohen Musical Direction/Supervision
William Cozy Sound/Sound Designer
Marcia de Bonis Casting
Jennifer Euston Casting
Anthony Gasparro Production Designer
Dolly Hall Producer
Michael Johnson Asst. Director
Caroline Kaplan Executive Producer
Ellen Lewis Casting
Susan Littenberg Editor
Heather McGowan Screenwriter
Niels Mueller Screenwriter
Sara Parks Art Director
Renaud Pion Score Composer
Suzanne Schwarzer Costumes/Costume Designer
Jonathan Sehring Executive Producer
John Sloss Executive Producer
Hubert Taczanowski Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Tadpole
1. Chapter 1 [7:59]
2. Chapter 2 [8:00]
3. Chapter 3 [7:59]
4. Chapter 4 [8:00]
5. Chapter 5 [7:59]
6. Chapter 6 [7:59]
7. Chapter 7 [8:00]
8. Chapter 8 [7:59]
9. Chapter 9 [7:59]
10. Chapter 10 [7:10]

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