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Tadpole

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Source: Catholic News Service

Questionable comedy-drama about a precocious 15-year-old boy (Aaron Stanford) who falls in love with his stepmother (Sigourney Weaver) but has an unexpected one-night stand with his stepmother's forty-something best friend (Bebe Neuwirth), complicating matters all around. In relating teen-age angst and unrequited first love, director Gary Winick's film has some touching as well as humorous moments, but the teen-age seduction is nonetheless quite off-putting and the digital camerawork weighs down the film's otherwise bubbly tone. An implied sexual encounter with a minor, a scene of underage drinking and fleeting rough language. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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