The Adventures Of Sebastian Cole

on August 06, 1999 by Shlomo Schwartzberg
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   "The Adventures of Sebastian Cole" is a real find, a debut filled with unpredictable characters, an original point of view and a fearlessness in both subject matter and the depiction of everyday small-town life.
   The titular character (Adrian Grenier) is an aimless, modern-day Holden Caulfield, minus the cynicism. He is equally unhappy, though, mourning the sudden disintegration of his family, torn asunder when stepfather Hank (Clark Gregg) announces his intention to become a woman. Dragged to England by his bitter British mother (Margaret Colin), who has begun to drink too much, he's returned home to live with Hank/Henrietta, an arrangement that is a mixed blessing for both.
   Writer/director Tod Williams doesn't push the story so much as let it unfold. He takes a chance in mixing moods, but the dominant tone is quirky satire worthy of John Irving ("The World According to Garp"). Starring Adrian Grenier and Clark Gregg. Directed and written by Tod Williams. Produced by Jasmine Kosovic and Karen Barber. A Paramount Classics release. Drama. Rated R for language and crude sexual references, and for some substance abuse. Running time: 112 min
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