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Robert Lee King
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
One of the most neglected aspects of living with a disability is addressed in this dark comedy--sexuality. Christina Ricci is not the best actress, but no one plays a frothy bitch with the same charisma, and her talents are well used.
The topic is addressed through the absurdist humor of the director; it is not overt and there are no easy cues for the audience to follow. In fact, the film pays the audience the rare compliment of expecting them to figure out the themes for themselves.
The only disappointment I had with this tale of a Sorority sister reluctantly falling in love with the disabled Pumpkin was his self administered rehabilitation. The more interesting aspects of the film would have come across much more powerfully had he remained as she met him.
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