- 1 hr 30 min
"Tiptoes" is a 2002 movie directed by Matthew Bright that follows the story of a regular-sized couple, Carol (Kate Beckinsale) and Steven (Matthew McConaughey), whose relationship reaches a turning point when they discover that Steven's family members are dwarfs. Specifically, Steven's twin brother Rolfe (Gary Oldman), who he has kept a secret from Carol, is a dwarf. Meanwhile, Rolfe's friend Maurice (Peter Dinklage) is also a dwarf who comes to their aid during a tough time.
The movie deals with the theme of fear of difference, and the ramifications of keeping deep secrets in a relationship. It is primarily a drama with a tinge of comedy, as the characters navigate through their complicated emotions.
The story takes place in Los Angeles, where Steven is a successful painter who has been dating Carol for quite some time. Steven's plans to propose to Carol are hampered when he finds out that his family is hosting an upcoming reunion that he must attend.
As Steven and Carol prepare to travel and attend the reunion, Steven hesitates to tell Carol about his family's secret, which he has kept from her throughout their relationship. When they arrive, Steven's fears come true when Carol meets his family and discovers the truth about Rolfe.
While Carol is completely taken aback by this revelation, she tries to accept the situation and make the best of it for the sake of their relationship. This includes spending time with Rolfe and getting to know him better, despite his initial hostility towards her. On the other hand, Steven is worried about revealing the truth to Carol about Rolfe's status as a little person, and his role in their family.
At the same time, Rolfe's girlfriend, Lucy (Patricia Arquette), is pregnant with his child, something that excites Rolfe, but which also causes him to think about his worth in society, given his status as a little person. The couple faces disagreements, including Lucy worrying about the baby inheriting Rolfe's dwarfism. Peter Dinklage's character, Maurice, provides support for both characters throughout the movie, offering a fresh perspective on their challenges.
As tensions rise, and secrets come to light, the characters in the movie must confront their fears and understand their feelings, surrounding the issue of dwarfism, and how they perceive themselves and others. There is a sense of bittersweetness and the somberness of the characters' situations, but also some funny and heartwarming moments.
Overall, "Tiptoes" is a movie that focuses on a rarely touched topic of dwarfism, and how society views little people. It tackles the issue of intimacy between a person of normal size and a little person, and challenges the audience's prejudices on the subject. While the plot contains some dramatic twists and turns, the performances of the cast are compelling and offer a unique perspective into life as a little person. While the movie was not a commercial success, its unique plot and premise make it worth watching for those seeking a thought-provoking drama.
Tiptoes is a 2003 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 30 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 4.3.