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Tadpole

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Robert Iler, Aaron Stanford, ...

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+

The Upper East Side milieu of director Gary Winick’s amusing indie Tadpole is reminiscent of Woody Allen movies. And Allen’s personal life may well have influenced the plot, in which a teenager nicknamed Tadpole (Aaron Stanford) falls in love with a stepparent (Signourney Weaver). The twist is that the French-spouting preppy (who pals around with fellow preppy played by ”The Sopranos”’ Rober Iler) hits it off with his stepmom’s best friend (Bebe Neuwirth) instead. Many viewers will — understandably — be turned off by the idea of a middle-aged woman having a fling with a 15-year-old. But those who can get past such tawdry details will be rewarded with savvy hilarity and Neuwirth’s funniest role since Lilith.