The Adventures of Sebastian Cole

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Tod Williams made his feature directorial debut with this teen comedy-drama set in 1983. High school senior and writer wannabe Sebastian Cole (Adrian Grenier) survives a car accident in a remote Southwestern area near the trailer home of a Spanish-speaking woman. As she dresses his wounds, Sebastian looks back over the past year and his dysfunctional family life. After a divorce, Sebastian's near-alcoholic mother Joan (Margaret Colin) remarried. His architect father Hartley (John Shea) was more devoted to career ...
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Tod Williams made his feature directorial debut with this teen comedy-drama set in 1983. High school senior and writer wannabe Sebastian Cole (Adrian Grenier) survives a car accident in a remote Southwestern area near the trailer home of a Spanish-speaking woman. As she dresses his wounds, Sebastian looks back over the past year and his dysfunctional family life. After a divorce, Sebastian's near-alcoholic mother Joan (Margaret Colin) remarried. His architect father Hartley (John Shea) was more devoted to career than family. His sister Jessica (Marni Lustig) is off to the West Coast with her dullard boyfriend. Sebastian's stepfather Hank (Clark Gregg) plans a sex change. Since being married to a woman doesn't appeal to Joan, she returns to her native England with Sebastian. Months later, Sebastian moves back to his upstate New York hometown, rejoining Hank. However, Hank is now Henrietta, wearing makeup and women's clothing and serving as both a mother and father figure for Sebastian. Shown at the 1998 Toronto Film Festival.
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Special Features

Widescreen version enhanced for 16x9; Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround ; English subtitles; Interactive menus; Scene selection; Theatrical trailer
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All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Set in 1983, this period comedy-drama from writer/director Tod Williams recalls the work of author John Irving, particularly the novel and film The World According to Garp (1982). While perhaps a little bit too reminiscent of Irving, The Adventures of Sebastian Cole is that rare independent feature that successfully evokes a meandering, novelistic style without sacrificing clarity, continuity, or entertainment value. Adrian Grenier is a sturdy lead delivering a soulful performance, but the cast standout is undeniably Clark Gregg as Grenier's cross-dressing, tough-loving stepfather Hank. Williams' debut sprawls a bit too much in some places and the overall effect is one of "too much of a good thing." However, it's an overall impressive first time at cinematic bat and marks Williams as a talent to watch; he certainly could do no worse with adapting Irving's material than the creators of Simon Birch (1998).
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/21/2000
  • UPC: 097363374749
  • Original Release: 1998
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:39:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Adrian Grenier Sebastian
Clark Gregg Hank/Henrietta
Aleksa Palladino Mary
Margaret Colin Joan
John Shea Hartley
Marni Lustig Jessica
Joan Copeland Grandmother
Tom Lacy Grandfather
Gabriel Macht Troy
Russel Harper Wayne
Greg Haberny Jimmy
Peter McRobbie Principal
Nicole Ari Parker
Rory Cochrane Chinatown
Technical Credits
Tod Williams Director, Screenwriter
Karen Barber Producer
Eric Daman Costumes/Costume Designer
Amanda Demme Musical Direction/Supervision
Tom Efinger Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Fernandez Sound/Sound Designer
John Foster Cinematographer
Affonso Goncalves Editor
Ann Goulder Casting
Jasmine Kosovic Producer
Tom Varga Sound/Sound Designer
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