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The Adventures of Sebastian Cole (1998)

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In June, 1983, in Dutchess County, New York, Sebastian Cole joins his mother, step-father, and sister for dinner. Hank, Sebastian's step-father, drops a bomb: he announces he's changing ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adrian Grenier ... Sebastian Cole
Clark Gregg ... Hank / Henrietta
Aleksa Palladino ... Mary
Margaret Colin ... Joan Cole
John Shea ... Hartley Cole
Marni Lustig ... Jessica Cole
Joan Copeland ... Grandmother Cole
Tom Lacy Tom Lacy ... Grandfather Cole
Gabriel Macht ... Troy
Herbert Russell ... Wayne (as Russel Harper)
Greg Haberny ... Jimmy Bogardus
Peter McRobbie ... Principal
Merritt Wever ... Susan
Marisol Padilla Sánchez ... Woman In Dessert
Rory Cochrane ... Chinatown
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Storyline

In June, 1983, in Dutchess County, New York, Sebastian Cole joins his mother, step-father, and sister for dinner. Hank, Sebastian's step-father, drops a bomb: he announces he's changing sexes. Sebastian's sister splits immediately for California, and his mother takes him back to England. Jump ahead eight months, Sebastian is back in New York, knocking on Hank's door. Hank (now Henrietta, although all the surgeries aren't complete) takes Sebastian in and is his rock over the next few months of high school. Sebastian's "adventures" are mostly self-destructive. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and crude sexual references, and for some substance abuse | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Paramount Classics

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Abenteuer des Sebastian Cole See more »

Filming Locations:

Clermont, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,598, 8 August 1999

Gross USA:

$100,041
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Production Co:

Culpan Productions LLC See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Featured in The Strokes music video for "Hard to Explain". See more »

Goofs

When Sebastian has his accident you hear the tires squealing, but he is clearly driving on a dirt road. See more »

Quotes

Sebastian Cole: First I have to live a little so I have something to write about.
Henrietta Cole: So, for the time being, you're just going to live a little?
Sebastian Cole: No, I'm going to live a lot.
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Alternate Versions

UK versions are cut by 1m 23s to remove a scene of instructional drug taking. See more »


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Call Me
Lyrics by Debbie Harry and music by Giorgio Moroder
Performed by Blondie
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The Story of a Rebel Teenager With an Original Screenplay
13 November 2003 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Sebastian Cole (Adrian Grenier) is a teenager of seventeen years old, living in a small town with his mother Joan Cole (Margaret Colin), his stepfather Hank (Clark Gregg) and his sister Jessica (Marni Lustig). His father Hartley (John Shea) is an architect and his grandparents are persons very traditional, conservatives and arrogant. One day, his stepfather gathers the family and informs that he will make an operation for changing his sex. This communication is enough to leave the members of the family astonished and break the structure of the family. Jessica decides to leave home immediately with her boyfriend. Joan decides to move to England with Sebastian. A few months later, Sebastian decides to come back to USA and to live with his stepfather, now called Henriette. He joins the high school and becomes a very rebel teenager, certainly affected by the whole situation, shocking the elders in most of his attitudes. This low budget and independent movie has a very original screenplay. The excellent cast and direction are sharp. The story is not indicated for all audiences, but the viewer who appreciates a different story will have the chance to watch a good movie. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Febre de Viver" ("Fever of Living"


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