By William Stevenson
Updated March 17, 2020 at 03:04 AM EDT

Tadpole

B+
type
  • Movie

Episode Recaps

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.

Tadpole

type
  • Movie
mpaa
  • PG-13
runtime
  • 77 minutes
director
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