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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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One last thought: I wonder what the Little People community thinks about the existence of this film. I blame not the LP actors in the movie, of which there are many, as there aren't as many acting gigs for them, and they can be forgiven for thinking the movie might have been sensitive and useful-- I make the leap here of imagining the original script having been somewhat reasonable, since the thing got made and such big stars signed up for it. The mind boggles at how far it went off the rails. People of all sizes, enjoy!! .
The child is born a dwarf and daddy needs to take another ride.Poor mommy as she is very accepting but is alone in all this. Then the dwarf brother shows up again and is very supportive of her and the troubles this child will experience.
The primary actors are so lifeless in their portrayals it is embarrassing . I'll bet they wish they did not say yes to making this movie.Or possible thought people will think this is a comedy. The problem is this not a comedy. It is played as a true drama. Except for the scenes with french anarchist Peter Dinklage who does try to save at least his role in this disaster. If I saw this film in a theater I would have left after the first half hour and demanded my money back. I should have read the remarks of other amazon watchers and taken their advice about this film.Kindly speaking its not very good.
The really good acting comes from the dwarf cast.There is real talent here but wasted on this film Peter Dinklage plays a french anarchist dwarf who only likes full size sexual partners and believes the only chance dwarfs have is if they arm themselves.Now thats funny. If this was a comedy .Please. Peter does give a good performance .He is amusing.
The killer insult is that a full size actor ,Gary Oldman , plays a dwarf. Kates brother in law. I wonder why. Couldnt they find a dwarf actor to play this part. Sort of outrageous dont you think.
I was hoping to see a good film with quality actors about the lives of dwarfs. Or a film that just hapoens to have dwarf actors. But instead I watched a horribly acted screen play which I believed insulted the dwarf community (they truly were the best actors on the screen and the only redeemable virtue). This film was doomed from the first time Matt M. took a walk .You should do the same with this film. Take a big walk away.
There are some important topics presented very badly in this film .
I love movies. I love to be informed on topics that I have little knowledge. I love to see good performances and good screen plays. This film was a disappointment in all areas.