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
Sigourney Weaver (Heartbreakers, Galaxy Quest
), John Ritter (TVs Felicity, Threes Company
) and Bebe Neuwirth (Liberty Heights, The Faculty
) lead an outstanding cast in a seductively irreverent coming-of-age comedy that critics absolutely adored! Oscar Grubman (Aaron Stanford - X2
) is no ordinary 15-year-old. Hes suave, smart, cultured and has one thing on his mind: older women! But be careful what you wish for, Oscar! When a sexy 40-something friend of the family (Neuwirth) actually takes Oscar up on his infatuation, he suddenly finds himself in way
over his head! Winner of the Directors Award and nominated for the Grand Jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival you wont believe how the sophisticated fun takes off
as the romantic complications pile up!