The Adventures of Sebastian Cole

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The Adventures of Sebastian Cole
The Adventures of Sebastian Cole DVD.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by Tod Williams
Produced by Karen Barber
Jasmine Kosovic
Written by Tod Williams
Starring Adrian Grenier
Clark Gregg
Aleksa Palladino
Margaret Colin
John Shea
Music by Elizabeth Swados
Cinematography John Foster
Edited by Alfonso Gonçalves
Culpan Productions LLC
Distributed by Paramount Classics
Release dates
  • January 23, 1999 (1999-01-23) (Sundance)
  • August 6, 1999 (1999-08-06)
Running time
96 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Box office $100,841[2]

The Adventures of Sebastian Cole is a 1998 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Tod Williams and starring Adrian Grenier as the title character.


In June 1983, in Dutchess County, New York, Sebastian Cole joins his mother, stepfather, and sister for dinner where Hank, Sebastian's stepfather, drops a bomb: he announces that he is having a sex change operation. Sebastian's sister, Jessica, leaves immediately for California, and his mother, Joan, takes him back to England. Eight months later, Sebastian is back in New York, knocking on Hank's door. Hank (now Henrietta) takes Sebastian in and supports him over the next few months of high school. Sebastian's "adventures" are mostly self-destructive.



The film received mixed to negative reviews; it currently holds a 43% "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[3]

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