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Tadpole Review

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  • 4.0

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Oscar's life has the potential to become a Greek tragedy, but Winick keeps things light enough that it resolutely stays a comedy.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Where ''Rushmore'' surprises and delights with its spiky depiction of sprawling American idiosyncrasy, Tadpole's more urbane, less complicated charms are specifically made in New York City.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    An irreverent and witty comedy in which the events aren't predictable but are well paced.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Coming-of-age comedy with some sex.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has a lot of non-explicit but mature material, including a 15-year-old boy's seduction by a middle-aged woman. Her friends show a lot of interest in him, too. Characters drink and smoke. Oscar gets drunk, which makes him vulnerable to Diane. And Diane tells Oscar that she can only keep his secret if she doesn't drink.

  • Families can talk about how young teenagers often develop crushes on unattainable objects as a way of experiencing early feelings of love without the complication of intimacy.

What to watch for
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    Sex: Sexual references and situations: a 15-year-old boy is seduced by a middle-aged woman.

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    Language: Some strong language

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking, including teen getting drunk, smoking