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No couple could be more in love than Steven (Matthew McConaughey) and Carol (Kate Beckinsale). ButSteven has a little secret he's been keeping to himself. He has a twin brother (Gary Oldman), who just happens to be a dwarf. In fact, with the exception of Steven, his entire family is made up of little people. So when Carol becomes pregnant and Steven is finally forced to tell her the truththat their child may also be born a dwarf -- Carol decides to have the baby anyway, knowing full well that when it comes to the important things in life, it's the little ones that truly matter.

An unusual and heartfelt drama about prejudice and the bonds of family, Tiptoes centers around Steven (Matthew McConaughey, EDtv), a firefighter whose artist girlfriend Carol (Kate Beckinsale, Laurel Canyon) gets pregnant. When Steven reacts with unexpected dismay, Carol is perplexed--until she learns that the rest of Steven's family are dwarves, including Steven's twin brother Rolfe (Gary Oldman, Sid & Nancy, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban). Though it's initially hard to take Oldman as a dwarf (the special effects are limited), his performance is so rich and remarkable that you become engaged with Rolfe as a person. Tiptoes occasionally veers into plaintive "dwarves are people too" territory, but most of the movie is strikingly honest and undidactic about the complex emotional and social terrain that dwarves inhabit. McConaughey and Beckinsale are excellent, as are Patricia Arquette (Flirting with Disaster) and Peter Dinklage (The Station Agent). --Bret Fetzer

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  • Actors: Gary Oldman, Matthew McConaughey, Kate Beckinsale, Patricia Arquette
  • Directors: Matthew Bright
  • Producers: Chris Hanley, Elie Cohn, John Langley, Brad Wyman, Douglas Urbanski
  • Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 3, 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000286S1U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,301 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tiptoes" on IMDb

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46 of 55 people found the following review helpful By P. Whitmer on September 11, 2004
Format: DVD
How_in_the_world did this movie get made? This movie is without a doubt and without reservation the worst movie I've EVER seen. I mean consider the premise--husband of attractive NY couple is the only big person in a family of little people. Wife gets pregnant; are they going to have a lizard baby? or a little person? or what? And the title, "Tip Toes" (with the classic running line that only hollywood could write "Because sometimes its the little things that count.") Is that title because the husband tip toes around the secret? Or because everyone has to stand on tip toes? Or what?

How bad is it? It was so bad that the only reason I can think this movie was created was as a result of a lawsuit in hollywood, and one of the terms was to create a movie employing all the little people they could round up. It was so bad that it was actually outclassed by another movie we rented -- a shark movie starring Lorenzo Lamas called "Dark Waters". Yes, consider the implication of that statement: a shark movie that blew all it's budget hiring Lorenzo Lamas and so didn't_actually_include_sharks (even CG ones, or heaven forbit ones that creatively munched unsuspecting B actors) was better than Tip Toes.

My wife tried to argue that the premise "sounded interesting" and that it failed on execution. No no no no no. There were two justifiable paths this could have gone down, but inexplicably chose not to -- as an afterschool special called "Johnny's got a little secret", or as a David Lynch movie in which John Malkovich and maybe Laura Dern should also have shown up as little people along with Gary Oldman. How embarrassing this must have been to work on. Surely Gary must have had a moment half way through when he had to slap himself and ask why he was here. I can also only imagine Michael Caine when reading the script would have said, "Not this one, mate."

Not this one indeed. Please. For the love of all that is good and noble in cinema, skip seeing this movie.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By T. Snyder VINE VOICE on November 8, 2005
Format: DVD
After reading the case, I rented this at Blockbuster based on the top-notch cast and what sounded like a good, cute, funny plot. Tiptoes is none of those things.

The acting was bad and that was surprising given the cast. I could not feel any sort of connection between Matthew McConaughey and Kate Beckinsale - much less that they could be living together and expecting a child.

Gary Oldman is painful to watch - he hobbles around cramped into a dwarf outfit. Very Dorf-ish.

And I have no idea what Peter Dinklage and Patricia Arquette added to the movie. They seem like they are from a completely different movie.

The acting seems like it was done in one take. It was very painful trying to make it through 90 minutes of this trainwreck. All and all, a total disaster.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By K. A. Lewinski Bomgren on October 18, 2005
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From the box, this film looked interesting, and I've always liked Kate Beckinsale (plus it had some other big names, so I figured it couldn't be too bad), so I thought I'd get it. Gary Oldman's character seems to have two emotions: grumpy and sweet. Matthew McConaughey is always pissed about something, Patricia Arquette and her boyfriend have no real reason for even being in the movie, and there are so many plot holes it's distracting. It was a waste of my time and money.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By B. Marold HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on August 24, 2004
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`Tiptoes' is a rare social commentary and comedy which takes on what may be one of the very few personal problems not yet explored in a film. As interracial and interfaith relations have been explored up the wazoo, the very premise of this movie raises a little grim. The basic plot is driven by difficulties between a normal sized couple where the man has dwarfism in his genes and is afraid to admit it to their partner until it may be too late. That is, until the woman has become pregnant. The title, then, is a double entendre on dwarfs standing on tiptoe to come closer to normal height and the manner in which normal sized people tiptoe around the subject of dwarfism, especially in conversations with `little people'.

After `Lord of the Rings' where six normal sized actors are represented as sub 4 foot tall hobbits and one dwarf in the company of normally tall characters, it was almost expected that this technique would be used in other movies, so that `little people' can be represented my major name actors. In this case, it should be almost no surprise whatsoever that the top billing given to the actor in the dwarf role goes to Gary Oldman who has made a speciality of really oddball roles, mostly as villains, and mostly with heavy makeup and costuming. This is not the kind of movie I normally look forward to seeing, but the prospect of seeing another Oldman performance decided the issue. He is certainly among my favorite hard case actors, along with Mickey Rourke, Steve Buscemi, and Harvey Keitel. In this movie, aside from his small stature, Oldman plays the role straight up. In fact, the whole movie makes no cheap jokes whatsoever over the premise and over dwarfs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By April Castillo on February 19, 2013
Format: DVD
This movie is a whole different level of awful. How this mess of a movie ever got made would be a great story in itself. I would loved to have been a fly on the wall when the pitch was made:

Director: I know the screenplay seems like it might be in poor taste, but it has little people running around, which is always interesting because they are like regular people only smaller and it has a scene with Matthew McConaughy in his whitey tighties. Also, as Oscar bait, we plan on providing information about what a drag it is to be a little person.

Film Executive: Matthew and little people? Awesome.

I adore Peter Dinklage and Patricia Arquette and I consider Gary Oldman one of the best living actors alive (despite the many terrible movies he's been in) so it pains me to say that my regard for them has diminished for having seen them in this film. It's that bad! The next time I see them in anything I just know I'll flashback to this terrible movie.

There is so much wrong with this film. Here's a list of the most egregious.

1. Gary Oldman is not a little person. I have no problem with the idea of casting someone who is not a little person in that part. I do have a problem when the special effects are not done well. An attempt was made to pad his trunk and backside so that he presented the typical form of a little person, but it was done so poorly. It wasn't consistent. At one point in the movie I found myself thinking of the movie Young Frankenstein when Igor's hump keeps shifting places on his back. That was intentionally done for laughs, and not suprisingly it had the same effect for this movie as well. I laughed pretty hard.
In another scene, they have Oldman's character sitting on a couch facing the camera.
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