Rolling Stone - 05/10/2002
"...Funny and touching..."
Movieline's Hollywood Life - 07/01/2002
"...Stanford is a major find....This crowd-pleasing winner instantly catapults Winick to the front ranks of the new directors' club..."
Entertainment Weekly - 07/26/2002
"...[An] ingratiating romantic coming-of-age comedy....Stanford does a splendid job..."
New York Times - 07/19/2002
"...[Mr. Stanford] flawlessly captures his character's aching, doe-eyed sincerity and yearning goodness....[The film] has a soulful heart and a clear grasp of its rarefied milieu..."
Los Angeles Times - 07/19/2002
"...TADPOLE plays like a witty, well-told short story, sly and delightful..."
USA Today - 07/19/2002
"...TADPOLE is an irreverent and witty comedy in which the events aren't predictable but are well paced..."
Total Film - 07/01/2003
"...Neuwirth's saucy seductress is magnificent and Weaver brings vulnerability to her ice maiden. But this is Stanford's show, his talent burning from every frame..."
Sight and Sound - 08/01/2003
"...Winick gets the most from the cast..."
Fifteen-year-old Chauncey Prep student Oscar Grubman (Aaron Stanford) feels that girls his own age haven't lived enough, which is why he's coming home to Manhattan's Upper East Side for Thanksgiving to profess his love to his stepmother, Eve (Sigourney Weaver)--whose marriage to his professor father (John Ritter) has become routine and uninspiring. Unable to find the right moment to express himself, Oscar slips out to a bar after dinner and finds himself drunk and missing his wallet. Walking home, he bumps into Eve's best friend, Diane (Bebe Neuwirth), a sexy chiropractor who offers to take him home to detox. A backrub leads to a kiss, which results in Oscar and Diane spending the night together. Oscar, feeling he has betrayed his true love, must now prevent Diane--who laughs at the whole situation--from telling Eve what has happened between them.
TADPOLE's sophisticated script by Heather McGowan and Niels Mueller plays like Woody Allen minus the neuroticism, taking a potentially exploitative situation and handling it with with intelligence and great wit. Stanford (who was 23 at the time of filming) gives a restrained comic performance as the Voltaire-quoting youth, holding his own with veterans Weaver, Ritter, and Neuwirth--who practically holds the film together with her timing and sexuality. This scant (77 minutes), but charming production, shot on digital video, was a surprise hit at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment.:
Sigourney Weaver (HEARTBREAKERS, GALAXY QUEST), John Ritter (SLING BLADE), and Bebe Neuwirth (LIBERTY HEIGHTS, THE FACULTY, TV's CHEERS) lead an outstanding cast of stars in a seductively irreverent coming-of-age comedy that critics absolutely adored. Oscar Grubman (Aaron Stanford -- TV's THIRD WATCH) is no ordinary 15-year-old. He's 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 Director's Award and nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival -- you won't believe how the sophisticated fun takes off ... as the romantic complications pile up!
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