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FULL SYNOPSIS

Most 15-year-old boys are obsessed with the opposite sex, but this may be the only area in which Oscar Grubman (Aaron Stanford) could be called typical. An honor student at an exclusive prep school, Oscar is confident, keenly intelligent, speaks fluent French, and is well versed in the work of a number of French authors, particularly his favorite, Voltaire. Oscar seems to have gotten his fascination with French culture from his mother, who several years ago divorced his father Stanley (John Ritter), a college professor, and moved to Paris. Stanley has recently remarried, taking an attractive woman in her mid-forties, Eve (Sigourney Weaver), as his new wife. Oscar, however, senses that Eve isn't happy in their marriage; certain he can give Eve the affection (both physical and emotional) that she needs, Oscar begins waging a low-key but ardent campaign to seduce his step-mother over the course of Thanksgiving weekend, despite the fact a number of Oscar's female classmates have made no secret of their attraction to him. Oscar's efforts to bed Eve attract the attention of one of her close friends, Diane (Bebe Neuwirth), a smart and sexy chiropractor who also becomes the not-entirely-unwelcome focus of Oscar's romantic attentions. Shot using digital video equipment, Tadpole was enthusiastically received at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, where the film's director, Gary Winick, received the Director's Award. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:July 19, 2002

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Sundance Film Festival Gary Winick Dramatic Directing Award 2001 Winner

Cast

Sigourney Weaver
as Eve
Aaron Stanford
as Oscar Grubman
John Ritter
as Stanley Grubman
Bebe Neuwirth
as Diane
Robert Iler
as Charlie
Adam Le Fevre
as Phil
Peter Appel
as Jimmy
Alicia van Couvering
as Daphane Tisch
Kate Mara
as Miranda Spear
Hope Chernov
as Samantha
Debbon Ayer
as Jean
Ron Rifkin
as Professor Tisch
Paul Butler
as Professor Sherman

Crew

Gary Winick
Director
Gary Winick
Producer
Dolly Hall
Producer
Alexis Alexanian
Producer
Niels Mueller
Screenwriter
Heather McGowan
Screenwriter
Gary Winick
Book Author
Hubert Taczanowski
Cinematographer
Linda Cohen
Musical Direction/Supervision
Renaud Pion
Composer (Music Score)
Susan Littenberg
Editor
Anthony Gasparro
Production Designer
Sara Parks
Art Director
Jonathan Sehring
Executive Producer
Caroline Kaplan
Executive Producer
John Sloss
Executive Producer
Suzanne Schwarzer
Costume Designer
William Cozy
Sound/Sound Designer
Marcia de Bonis
Casting
Ellen Lewis
Casting
Jennifer Euston
Casting
Celeste Peterka
Line Producer
Alex Steyermark
Executive Music Producer
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