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  • Actors: Adrian Grenier, Clark Gregg, Aleksa Palladino, Margaret Colin, John Shea
  • Directors: Tod Williams
  • Writers: Tod Williams
  • Producers: Jasmine Kosovic, Karen Barber
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 21, 2000
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0792160738
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,517 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Adventures of Sebastian Cole" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jill Matrix on July 8, 2000
Format: DVD
From reading the box I really thought this was going to be a movie about a teen-ager coming to terms with his transsexual stepdad. But miraculously the stepdad's gender was not the punchline, the way gayness was in Twilight of the Golds and a million other coming out movies.
It was fun to watch the now-stepmom deal with his discovery of how women are treated. She really worked it and was fast on her feet, but she really wasn't the story.
Anyway, this movie was about a kid with a life and how he did his best to cope with about the upheaval adults brought to it.
Adrian Grenier as Sebastian Cole was beautiful and a good actor. The story and feel of the movie was very '80s, which was fun.
They really nailed what the cast of characters is like in high school, particularly Sebastian's loser friends. And they nailed the kind of stupid stuff you do in high school and hope your parents don't discover.
Worth a look for sure.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "adriennebrooke" on April 1, 2000
Format: DVD
This movie is a work of art. A little dark for me, but it is really different, and it really makes you think. This movie is worth seeing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Hencke on February 4, 2005
Format: DVD
I rented this film because I recently saw "The Door In The Floor" (which is one of my favorite films of 2004) also directed by Tod Williams. Having seen this film (his debut) I am extremely impressed with his talents as a writer and director. I just love these characters (in both films). The feeling I had with this film and "The Door In The Floor" is I really didn't want either one of them to end. They could have gone on forever. Its rare for a film to leave you with that feeling...Let alone two films by the same writer/director. Williams is definitely a director to keep an eye on. And any film that ends with a Pixies song is always tops in my book. I am not a fan of the show Entourage but Adrian Grenier really blew me away with his performance in this touching and underrated indie film. I'm just sorry it took me this long to get around to seeing it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ei on September 23, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I discovered Sebastian Cole on the Sundance channel, and have watched it three times now. It's such a good story, different, quite a diversion from the typical teen movies that are out there lately. It is funny, heartwarming, and at times, serious.
The film brings us back to 1983 - 84, and Sebastian Cole, played superbly by Adrian Grenier, wants to go on adventures. He also wants to get out of school as soon as possible. All the while, his stepfather decides he wants to become a woman, Sebastian's sister leaves and moves to California, and his mom leaves when she finds out her husband wants to be a woman.
It is a little different and offbeat, but that is what makes this movie so unique. The acting by Clark Gregg,who plays Hank/Henrietta is outstanding! I've never seen him act before but I thought he played his characters with such great sensitivity and realness. The performances by both him and Grenier, who I did see in Drive me Crazy, are truly beautiful and you can't help but fall in love with their characters.
Sebastian is a great person who just wants to be good to others and along the way have what he calls 'his adventures'.
You will have to watch to see what these adventures actually consist of. You won't be disappointed.
The soundtrack is great too. Perfect compliment to an 80s' kind of film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kate Nemeth on June 13, 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
i kept seeing previews for this movie and it looked like something i would really like. so i got it off amazon and it's pretty good. classic movie moments, a lot of adventuring but it seems incomplete. what ev. it's worth the money cause i'm gonna wanna watch it again. doo it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian on May 27, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I first saw this film in 2001 and didn't see it again until 2008. I thought my tastes would have changed in between, but I liked it more - a true classic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Monique Garmy on June 8, 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
i love this film. i remember watching the trailer years and years ago, and constantly having it on my brain. its kind of hard to come by, so im thrilled that amazon has it. i recommend this to anyone who enjoys a film that leaves you thinking and with a feeling of empowerment and knowledge.
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Format: DVD
I expected a boring coming-of-age film, after reading the few negative reviews. Imagine my surprise when I started watching, and in no time at all, was caught up in the adventures of one, Sebastian Cole. It's a unique character, with an insight into human nature that is unusual for a young kid. Sure, he's been subjected to a lot of phony stuff, and feels like he only wants to be a kid. His resilience as a thinking person belies the idiot behavior of his peers, as well as his family. He's simply a guy who is ready to discover himself.

The clever script by first-time writer/director Tod Williams has been criticized by many as having too many holes. It's exactly these "holes" that Sebastian is trying to fill. As Sebastian, Adrien Grenier totally buys in to all of the complications and craziness that is all around him. He succeeds on many levels, and I wasn't disappointed.

To blab away the plot would be unkind to those who may read this without having seen the film. Early in the film, it's explained that his step-father Hank wants to become Henrietta (that's not giving away too much). Putting things in perspective, Sebastian comes to terms.

Clark Gregg (Iron Man, The Avengers), in a difficult role, is entirely successful in his transition as Hank/Henrietta. It's a very fine performance, displaying love and concern, without going too much into the personal frustration of his/her very complicated mind-set.

There's wonderful stuff going on all the time. I really enjoyed it a lot, and as someone who was totally apprehensive of what to expect, I'm glad my mind is still open enough to ignore previous comments regarding this very fine Indie achievement. All of the characters are well-realized.
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