Oscar Grumman (Aaron Stanford) seems way ahead of his 15-year-old, peers in more ways than intellectually. While his classmates at the exclusive prep school discuss girls, Oscar reads and quotes from Voltaire, speaks French and fantasizes about his 40-year-old stepmom, Eve (Sigourney Weaver). Home for Thanksgiving, Oscar, or “Tadpole” as his family calls him, mingles with his parent’s sophisticated, intellectual friends and ends up seduced by Diane (Bebe Neuwirth), Eve’s best friend. When the truth about Diane and Oscar slips out, his college professor father, Stanley Grumman (John Ritter) and Eve are shocked, but then amused. No special effects, action or suspense to keep teenagers awake may give “sleeper” new meaning in the entertainment world.
Lovesick Oscar leaves the Thanksgiving dinner and heads for the neighborhood bar where he’s surprisingly served drinks. Drunk, he finds his way to Diane’s apartment; where she seems to “understand” the frustrated teenagers needs. Their sex scene is brief and without nudity, but very passionate. He wakes up in her bed the next morning suffering from a hangover. Eve and Diane later show their amusement over that incident, and even stuffy Dad accepts it as a “boys will be boys” thing. Only one f-word mars the dialogue, but the lenient attitude toward a 15-year-old acting on his fantasies, as well as teenage drinking, gives TADPOLE a negative recommendation.