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Pumpkin (2002)

A sorority girl finds her life falling apart after she develops romantic feelings for a mentally-challenged man.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christina Ricci ... Carolyn McDuffy
Hank Harris ... Pumpkin Romanoff
Brenda Blethyn ... Judy Romanoff
Dominique Swain ... Jeanine Kryszinsky
Marisa Coughlan ... Julie Thurber
Sam Ball ... Kent Woodlands
Harry Lennix ... Robert Meary (Poetry teacher)
Nina Foch ... Betsy Collander
Caroline Aaron ... Claudia Prinsinger
Lisa Banes ... Chippy McDuffy
Julio Oscar Mechoso ... Dr. Frederico Cruz
Phil Reeves ... Burt Wohlfert
Marisa Petroro ... Courtney Burke (as Marisa Parker)
Tait Smith Tait Smith ... Hansie Prinsinger
Michael Bacall ... Casey Whitner
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Storyline

Perky, perfect Carolyn and her Alpha Omega Pi sisters plan to win Sorority of the Year by impressing the Greek Council with a killer charity: coaching mentally challenged athletes for the regional Challenged Games. When Carolyn's assigned to coach Pumpkin she's terrified at first, but soon sees in him something she's never seen before: a gentle humanity and honest clarity that touches her soul. To the horror of her friends and Pumpkin's overprotective mother, Carolyn falls in love, becoming an outcast in the process. As Carolyn's "perfect life" falls apart, Pumpkin teaches her that perfect isn't always perfect after all. Written by Press kit

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Taglines:

A comedy for the romantically challenged.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 2004 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Pumpkin See more »

Filming Locations:

Azusa, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,514, 30 June 2002

Gross USA:

$308,552

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$308,552
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The sorority Alpha Omega Pi is actually based on UC Berkeley's Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. The writer Adam Larson Broder lived next door to their house when he went to college there. See more »

Goofs

Before the disabled kids arrive, Carolyn approaches the coach about the name of the boy she's mentoring - when we first see her back, a clump of her hair is stuck inside of her shirt, but then in the next shot, her hair is out of her shirt. See more »

Quotes

Tri Omega: Wow, that was amazing. How could Carolyn even think about... I mean, that little retarded boy must be like some kind of superman.
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Connections

References The Stepford Wives (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Sorority Theme
Composed by Robert Hackl (as Bob Hackl), Ken Stange and John Ottman
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Reckless Brilliance
13 August 2002 | by Cornershop20See all my reviews

As I watched the film "Pumpkin" recklessly and fearlessly go from somewhat absurd situation to complete and utter silliness, I got the sense that it was made with a sense of joy that few movies are made with these days. The fact that the film refuses to wink at the audience or play funny music during all the absurdity, makes it all the more impressive. Everything in this movie subverts itself - - in the big satiric moments, this is obvious (the car crash after which Kent's face is unscratched), but one must look closely at what seem to be serious or sentimental moments to realize that these are indeed hilarious and subversive moments as well (the romantic dialogue between Carolyn and Pumpkin is completely absurdist if you keep in mind Pumpkin's "problem.")

Indeed, most Americans are used to films cueing them as to when they are being serious and when they are being funny and audiences are trained to watch for this. Because "Pumpkin" doesn't do this, a lot of its humor probably goes over the heads of people not used to anything this "poker-faced" - - especially when done with such sweetness.

The reviews I've read try to condemn "Pumpkin" by pigeonholing it into one genre or another - - either the mean-spirited sharp satire of Todd Solondz or the over-the-top buffoonery of the Farrelly Brothers - - but "Pumpkin" is neither. Indeed, when you realize that "Pumpkin" fits in no box and, in effect, challenges our notion what a movie should be, you're set free and you begin to laugh at what is the funniest film I've seen in a long time.


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