I thoroughly enjoyed this little film, which I came across entirely by accident. The premise is intriguing with a cast - Sigourney Weaver, John Ritter, Bebe Neuwirth - guaranteed to provide real acting, although young Aaron Stanford easily steals the show (Bebe gives him a good run for the money though). The script is articulate and witty (quite rare qualities these days) and intelligence is displayed in all other departments. Apart from Bebe Neuwirth's vampish turns, it's not a lough out loud comedy - but you find yourself smiling a lot while watching it.
My wife and I repeatedly commented during the film about how much it reminded us of Francois Truffaut's films about Antoine Doinel. The similarities between Oscar and Antoine are truly striking and the overall French flavour of the piece is surely not accidental. In fact, the Truffaut influence is what really endeared the film to us.
Yes, the running time is somewhat short but you still feel satisfied at the end. Tadpole is a film for anyone who appreciates something a little bit different.