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TADPOLE

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Tadpole

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
77 minutes
Limited Release Date:
07/19/02
performer:
John Ritter, Aaron Stanford, Sigourney Weaver, Robert Iler, Bebe Neuwirth, Ron Rifkin
director:
Gary Winick
distributor:
Miramax
author:
Heather McGowan, Niels Mueller
genre:
Drama, Comedy

We gave it a B+

While a hypersophisticated 15-year-old Manhattan prep schooler harbors a crush on his stepmother (Sigourney Weaver), the stepmom’s swinging, single best friend (wickedly funny Bebe Neuwirth) reaps unexpected benefits a la Mrs. Robinson. This ingratiating romantic coming-of-age comedy is easy, rather than astonishing, and the territory owes a steep debt to Rushmore. But the mood is courtly, the performances superb, the made-in-New York City details zingy — and that ain’t chopped liver.