A sorority girl is drawn to a disabled man.

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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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A comedy for the romantically challenged.


Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

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

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Release Date:

12 March 2004 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Meu Namorado Pumpkin  »

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$30,514 (USA) (28 June 2002)


$305,690 (USA) (4 October 2002)

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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 »


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 »


Carolyn McDuffy: People are mean. They're brutal, they're unhappy, they're jealous.
Robert Meary: Good. Good, good. You've made some progress. Now what on earth made this happen?
Carolyn McDuffy: [horrified look] Something I left on the beach.
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Dark teenage comedy
5 July 2003 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews

I'm not sure if this movie goes way too far, or not far enough. A dark teenage comedy, Pumpkin tells of the story of the perfection obsessed sorority girl Carolyn McDuffy who falls for Pumpkin, a mentally challenged boy she meets when her sorority house agrees to coach some `special people.' The film forces the viewer to look inward and confront their own prejudices, but it does so in such a strange and weirdly paced way that it is hard to recommend Pumpkin, although I think it is an interesting movie. I wish someone like Lloyd Kaufman would have directed it, someone who would take the gloves off and go for the jugular in every scene and really give this material some bite. A movie like this will only work if the filmmaker goes in completely committed to the idea. As it is Pumpkin seems to teeter on the brink of outrageousness, but pulling back every time to stay on the PC side of the fence. It's a shame because this could have been a truly wonderful and subversive movie.

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