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Most 15-year-old boys are obsessed with the opposite sex, but this may be the only area in which Oscar Grubman (Aaron Stanford) could be called typical. An honor student at an exclusive prep school, Oscar is confident, keenly intelligent, speaks fluent French, and is well versed in the work of a number of French authors, particularly his favorite, Voltaire. Oscar seems to have gotten his fascination with French culture from his mother, who several years ago divorced his father Stanley (John Ritter), a college professor, and moved to Paris. Stanley has recently remarried, taking an attractive… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A small, charming indie."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"One of the smartest, most affecting movies of the year."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"unpretentiously entertains"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Oscar's romantic plight plays well for subtle pathos in addition to laughs."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Like a final project from a student film class, it has a raw and unsophisticated look...But that might be a good thing."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"In every respect, director Gary Winick has served up a delectable, entertaining film."
‑ Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter
"A funny, fearless, poignant, spectacular performance."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Coming-of-age comedy with some sex."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"In a summer wrought with action adventures and dramatic epics, it's a refreshing change to trust in the teachings and maturity of a 15-year-old."
‑ Tyler Hanley, Palo Alto Weekly
"The film might have been more satisfying if it had, in fact, been fleshed out a little more instead of going for easy smiles."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"The top-notch cast brings the story to life with aplomb."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"[D]emonstrate a certain affinity for the intimate observation of moral waywardness."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"It's a flawed but satisfying movie with a great leading man, and a slew of great supporting performances."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The worst movie of 2002: 'Any film with such a formulaic foundation...faces the burden of succeeding in spite of it, yet Tadpole just dumbly offers it back up to us.'"
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"The film pivots entirely on Aaron Stanford's performance, and he is super."
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
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