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Tiptoes

2.7 out of 5 stars 99 customer reviews

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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.

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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:
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  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 3, 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000286S1U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,873 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tiptoes" on IMDb

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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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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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Agony. Anger. These are two reactions you will need to come to grips with is you are foolish enough to electively watch "Tiptoes," one of the most execrable movies I have ever seen. This film is so legendarily bad that I had to see it, but in retrospect I wish I had watched "The Room" twenty more times instead. From premise to script to acting to execution the film is horrifying. Why, oh why, would any of these actors agree to be in this? It must have looked a lot better on paper.

Matthew McConaughey plays Steven, an abusive bully who impregnates his girlfriend Carol (Kate Beckinsale, who opens the movie in the most suggestive way possible,) leading to a tiny crisis. Well a little crisis, anyway. Why? Oh, because Steven has managed to conceal from Carol for a very long courtship that he is actually a twin and the rest of his family are little people. How does she find out? When Rolfe (Gary Oldman on his knees) swings by their place and introduces himself to Carol as the dwarf twin brother she has never heard anything about. I will say this: it is impossible to empathize with any character in this movie but Oldman probably comes closest as a likeable midget impersonator. The plot also features extensive pointless diversions such as a key heartwarming family unification scene involving a sincere devotion to the Jewish faith and an epic poetry recital about flatus. (Seriously.) The two lovers get married and have a little baby resulting in no end of ranting from Steven making him even less likeable, which I had previously assumed to be impossible ("I need new chromosomes!
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"Its the little things in life that matter" so says the cover blurb. Not true. This film is so little and it DOESN'T matter It should have never gotten past the pitch to ANY producer. How they attracted a fine cast is astonishing to me. The premise of a fully grown man who is hiding from his pregnant fiancé ,the fact that he is genetically a dwarf (but full size in stature) with a twin brother( a true dwarf)and parents(who are both dwarfs ) could have possibilities.He is passing as chromasomal oddity. But alas, this film fails almost immediately.The fiancé finds out his secret when his brother comes to visit.He is played as a small person by Gary Oldman through the magic of film making. The fiancé (Kate Beckinsale) who finds out that she is pregnant, her husband is genetically a dwarf but not expressed physically (phenotype) and his entire family are dwarfs is slightly dumbfounded to say the least. Now there are questions to be asked by Kate.1)lHow could you keep all this from me? 2) Will our baby be a midget(politically incorrect). 3) If he is a small person will he have problems? DUH.Hushand Matt: YES HE WILL HAVE PROBLEMS . BIG TIME PROBLEMS. LIKE I WILL NOT BE HAPPY AND HIS/HER BODY GROWTH WILL BE LOADED WITH MAJOR MEDICAL ISSUES. BUT THERE ARE DRUGS LIKE MORPHINE that will help. Kate:WELL I guess that will be okay because its a baby and I will love him/her and I will read all the books about raising a dwarf child. .. But you my husband to be are the one with the real problem. You haven't accepted who you are. (How insightful) MATT: I need to think about this. KATE: There is nothing to think about as i am having this child. MATT: Well I need to take a ride. .. And he comes back and they marry .Read more ›
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