Tadpole (2002) - Synopsis

Tadpole (2002) - Synopsis ImageBeautiful, sophisticated women are all over Oscar Grubman (Aaron Stanford). He is sensitive and compassionate, speaks French fluently, is passionate about Voltaire, and thinks the feature that tells the most about a woman is her hands. He would be a perfect catch-except he's only fifteen years old.

On the train home from Chauncey Academy for the Thanksgiving weekend, Oscar confides in his best friend Charlie (Robert Iler) that he has a plan for this vacation-he will win the heart of his true love. But there is one major problem. Oscar's true love is his stepmother Eve (Sigourney Weaver). Oscar is certain that he could be a better mate to Eve than his father (John Ritter), who he considers too distracted by his work to be a successful husband.

Thanksgiving at the Grubman's Upper West Side home is an intellectual gathering, populated by his father's colleagues from the Columbia University History department and their families. Everyone's question for Oscar is the same - Columbia for college? His answer: Pre-med. Their response - Not History? Daphne (Alicia Van Couvering), the only person his age at the dinner is fascinated by Oscar's worldly existence - a mother in Paris. But, he spends most of the evening chatting in French with Eve's best friend, Diane (Bebe Neuwirth).

After dinner, in an inept attempt at matchmaking, Oscar's father cajoles him into escorting Daphne home. Although Daphne is enamored with Oscar, he is completely uninterested. He shoves her in a cab and goes on to a neighborhood bar, where he drowns his sorrows over Eve. Stumbling home, he runs into Diane, wearing a scarf she borrowed from Eve. Not wanting him to go home drunk, Diane suggests that Oscar come up to her place for coffee.

Diane, a chiropractor, gets Oscar on the table for an adjustment, but before long his young body is too much for her. And faced with Diane's soothing hands and the scent of Eve's perfume on the borrowed scarf, Oscar is overwhelmed as well. The two fall into each other's arms and make love. The next morning, Oscar swears Diane to secrecy and runs out of her apartment, passing her boyfriend on the way out.

When Oscar learns that his family has dinner plans with Diane, he rushes to find her and convince her to call it off. He finds her in a restaurant having lunch and soon gets sidetracked by her elegant friends who delight in hearing him talk. One even passes him her number.

That night at dinner, just under the radar of Stanley and Eve, Oscar tries to keep Diane quiet about the their tryst while she teases and flirts with him. The evening blows up when Stanley sees Oscar and Diane stealing a kiss near the restroom.

Oscar is mortified. Diane, meanwhile, revels in the fun of it. She and Eve have a heart-to-heart, where Diane explains how a fifteen-year-old boy can fill the void in her life whereas older men seem to have lost their excitement and passion for life.

Oscar's continuing pursuit of Eve leads to an unexpected resolution…