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Tadpole [DVD] [2003] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Sigourney Weaver , Aaron Stanford , Gary Winick    DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sigourney Weaver, Aaron Stanford, Kate Mara, Robert Iler, Peter Appel
  • Directors: Gary Winick
  • Writers: Gary Winick, Heather McGowan, Niels Mueller
  • Producers: Alexis Alexanian, Caroline Kaplan, Celeste Jackson, Dolly Hall
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Miramax
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Jan 2003
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000077VRX
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 202,717 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Tadpole is a clever tale of a young man infatuated with an older woman, featuring a brilliant comic performance by the wonderful Bebe Neuwirth. Tadpole is the childhood nickname of Oscar (Aaron Stanford), a precocious 15-year-old who disdains girls his own age and nurses an infatuation for his fortysomething stepmother, Eve (Sigourney Weaver). But while home from school for Thanksgiving, Oscar gets drunk and falls in bed with Eve's best friend, Diane (Neuwirth), leading to a series of painfully funny scenes in which Oscar fears revelation while trying, desperately, to woo Eve. The strong script is undercut by flat, unimaginative direction, but every scene with Neuwirth flares into high comedy. She doesn't even have to speak; a sardonic glance from Diane sends Oscar spinning into panic, and Neuwirth handles the part with delicious feline malice. It also features John Ritter as Oscar's academic father. --Bret Fetzer

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining And Slightly Different 21 Sep 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable coming of age movie 26 Feb 2004
At one point threatening to be a cinematic Catcher in the Rye, Tadpole was an enjoyable coming of age movie. The boy’s infatuation with his stepmother is a symptom of his wider feeling that he’s more mature than his peers; a feeling that eventually gives way to a coming of age in reverse.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good performances, film not so good 22 Sep 2011
The main reason to watch this film is Bebe Neuwirth. She is just fantastic as Diane and makes the film. Why she hasn't had bigger and better roles in films is beyond me. Sigourney Weaver also puts in a good performance as always. Unfortunately the script isn't nearly as funny as it clearly thinks it is (apart from a good scene in a restaurant near the end). It is watchable, but it all just seems a little bit unbelievable and pretentious, and the fact that the lead character isn't very likeable doesn't help.
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