Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1998. Culpan Productions LLC. Screenplay by Tod Williams. Cinematography by John Foster. Produced by Karen Barber, Jasmine Kosovic. Music by Elizabeth Swados. Costume Design by Eric Daman. Film Editing by Affonso Goncalves. Independent Spirit Awards 1999. Independent Spirit Awards 2001. Toronto International Film Festival 1998.
Adrian Grenier is excellent as a wayward youth in the early eighties who loses his footing when his mother (Margaret Colin) and stepfather (Clark Gregg) split up. His stepfather has announced his desire to become a woman, which throws the whole family into disarray but is only a small part of what makes Sebastian feel confused about his life. This very good film by Tod Williams (who also wrote the affecting screenplay) is a terrific examination of youthful awkwardness, not a genre that has ever been ignored by any small measure, but Cole still manages to make a mark of its own. It captures the period with flair, and wisely relies on Grenier’s marvelous acting to tell its emotionally poignant story.