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Tadpole While a hypersophisticated 15-year-old Manhattan prep schooler harbors a crush on his stepmother (Sigourney Weaver), the stepmom's swinging, single best...TadpoleDrama, ComedyPT77MPG-13 While a hypersophisticated 15-year-old Manhattan prep schooler harbors a crush on his stepmother (Sigourney Weaver), the stepmom's swinging, single best...2002-08-02Robert IlerBebe NeuwirthRon RifkinRobert Iler, Bebe Neuwirth, Ron RifkinMiramax
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Tadpole

Genre: Drama, Comedy; Starring: John Ritter, Aaron Stanford, Sigourney Weaver, Robert Iler, Bebe Neuwirth, Ron Rifkin; Director: Gary Winick; Author: Heather McGowan, Niels Mueller; Release Date Limited: 07/19/2002; Runtime (in minutes): 77; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: Miramax

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.