The Adventures of Sebastian Cole
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
How GREAT is it that the most stable and loving character in Sebastian's life is a cross dresser? Pretty GREAT! This is a lovely little film, I wish more people could see it.Published on September 17, 2013 by Artprof67
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.Published on May 27, 2008 by Sebastian
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. Read morePublished on June 8, 2007 by Monique Garmy
This movie seems to be the rough draft to a better movie. The premise is good, the acting was ok but the script has so many holes in it it's unbelievable. Read morePublished on June 27, 2006 by Cookie
What a great little unknown movie. Can't say if it's worth the 70 or so bucks to buy, but it's a great rent. Enjoy !!! The ending wasn't what I'd expected...Published on August 3, 2003
For one and a half hours "The Adventures of Sebastian Cole" forced me to watch people I did not care to know, doing things I did not want to see done, in ways I could neither... Read morePublished on January 16, 2002 by Alex
I wish this surprisingly good movie were more available, especially on DVD. I truly think it is a modern day Rebel Without A Cause. Read morePublished on December 17, 2001 by Chad