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Pumpkin -- Carolyn's (Christina Ricci) sorority sisters set their sights on the Sorority of the Year award and coaching challenged athletes is their ticket to the trophy. But when the queen of formals finds herself mentoring Pumpkin (Hank Harris), a disabled athlete, their two worlds collide. Despite the hostility they feel from all sides, a tender romance grows in this inspiring comedy about fitting in.


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Writer (WGA):
Adam Larson Broder (written by)
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Release Date:
12 March 2004 (Spain) See more »
A comedy for the romantically challenged.
A sorority girl is drawn to a disabled man. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Anthony Abrams 
Adam Larson Broder 
Writing credits
Adam Larson Broder (written by)

Produced by
Melanie Backer .... co-producer
Karen Barber .... producer
Albert Berger .... producer
Willi Bär .... executive producer
Francis Ford Coppola .... executive producer
Betsy Danbury .... line producer
Linda Reisman .... executive producer
Christina Ricci .... producer
Andrea Sperling .... producer
Ron Yerxa .... producer
Original Music by
John Ottman 
Cinematography by
Tim Suhrstedt 
Film Editing by
Richard Halsey 
Sloane Klevin 
Casting by
Felicia Fasano 
Anne McCarthy 
Rita VanderWaal 
Mary Vernieu 
Production Design by
Richard Sherman 
Set Decoration by
Paul Roome 
Costume Design by
Edi Giguere 
Makeup Department
Trish Almeida .... hair stylist
Laurel Kelly .... additional hair stylist (as Laurel E. Kelly)
Renate Leuschner .... wig maker
Darrell McIntyre .... additional makeup artist
Thomas Opitz .... additional hair stylist
Anna Sugano .... makeup artist (as Sugano)
Kelvin R. Trahan .... key hair stylist
Adam Brandy .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Stephen Cody .... assistant production manager
Betsy Danbury .... unit production manager
Nancy Kirhoffer .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Haze J.F. Bergeron III .... first assistant director
Thomas Burke .... first assistant director: second unit
Carolyn Sara Fine .... second assistant director
Jonathan Hennessey .... second second assistant director
Art Department
A. Charles Carnaggio .... swing
James LaBarge .... lead man
Maia Sarmanian .... artist
Eric Troop .... swing
Ken Vidrih .... set dresser
Mark Worister .... shopper
Kirsten Zauber .... art department coordinator
Douglas W. Randall .... property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Christopher Alba .... first assistant sound editor
Stephanie Brown .... dialogue editor
Gloria Cooper .... cable person
Eric J. Goldstein .... boom operator (as Eric Goldstein)
Robert Guastini .... dialogue editor
Shawn Holden .... production sound mixer
Thanos Kazakos .... sound editing intern
Eddie Kim .... sound designer
Chet Leonard .... cable person
Kimberly Ellen Lowe .... dialogue editor (as Kimberly Lowe Voigt)
Jeff Porrello .... boom operator
Eryne Prine .... assistant sound editor
Christopher Sheldon .... supervising sound editor
Brad Sherman .... sound re-recording mixer
Jon Taylor .... sound re-recording mixer
Lana Warnock .... assistant sound editor
Howard London .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Nick Neutra .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Barry Beaulac .... special effects assistant
Chris Nelson .... special effects foreman
Ron Trost .... special effects coordinator
Shawn Crowder .... stunts
Monica Staggs .... stunts
Gary J. Wayton .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael D. Alvarez .... camera loader
Steve Aredas .... second assistant camera
Matt Bardocz .... best boy electric
Clint Borden .... grip
John Bratlien .... electrician
J.P. Brennan .... electrician
Trey Clinesmith .... first assistant camera
Hector Corona .... electrician (as Hector J. Corona)
Megan Forste .... additional second assistant camera
Carlos M. Gallardo .... dolly grip
Paul Goodstein .... key grip
Jeffrey Greeley .... camera operator
Chris Hathaway .... electrician
Kurt Iswarienko .... electrician
Frederick Lawrence .... grip
Eric Lee .... still photographer
Paul McIlvaine .... chief lighting technician (as Paul W. McIlvaine)
Iain O'Higgans .... electrician
Chris J. Rossi .... second company grip
Andy Shuttleworth .... Steadicam operator
David Sirianni .... grip
Robert A. Wood Jr. .... rigging gaffer
Jason Patrick Wotherspoon .... electrician
Dana Kilgore .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
BJ McDonnell .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Freddy Luis .... casting associate
Raquel Osborne .... extras casting
Jamie Underwood .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Barbara Marko .... costumer
Robin McMullan .... on-set costumer
Ángela Núñez .... assistant costume designer (as Angela Nuñez)
Sarah Pfeiffer .... costume assistant
Eric H. Sandberg .... costume supervisor
Gilda Texter .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Jamie Burris .... post-production coordinator
Rick Downey .... negative cutter
Janelle Ashley Nielson .... first assistant editor
Dana Ross .... color timer
Christopher Tumility .... post-production assistant
Greg Babor .... editorial intern (uncredited)
Roger La Prairie .... colorist (uncredited)
Asim Matin .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Michael Matsumoto .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Eric Anderson .... orchestra contractor
Amanda Goodpaster .... supervising music editor
Damon Intrabartolo .... conductor
Damon Intrabartolo .... orchestrator
Michelle Kuznetsky .... music supervisor
Jeff Lingle .... music editor
Kevin McKie .... music consultant
John Ottman .... orchestrator
Stephen Perkins .... music preparation
Keri Ports .... music coordinator
Mary Ramos .... music supervisor
Casey Stone .... music scoring mixer
Deborah Vukovitz .... musician: violinist (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Andre Brandes .... transportation co-captain (as Andre H. Brandes)
Derew Frutos .... transportation captain
Michael Perrotti .... transportation coordinator
Eric Moon .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Susan Abramson .... assistant to producers
Mark Asaro .... assistant production coordinator
Greg Babor .... key set production assistant
Tim Ball .... production assistant
Jan Blacher .... research consultant
Jason Brey .... production assistant
Jim Brockett .... animal trainer
Becky Claassen .... script supervisor
Stephanie Ehlers .... production assistant
Marjorie Ergas .... production coordinator
Russ Fega .... location manager
Ryan Timothy Folse .... animal trainer
Andrew Fox .... assistant to producers
Miranda Garrison .... choreographer
Jim Hanna .... caterer
Eric Hatcher .... tennis coach
Heath Howard .... production assistant
Jerrold McKinley Ivery .... accounting clerk
Dominique Jaramillo .... first aid
Eric Jones .... production assistant
Keith Jones .... location production assistant
Shannon Lail .... production executive: Zoetrope
Ket Lamb .... photo double
Ket Lamb .... stand-in
Margie Levers .... assistant accountant
Kimberly Lynn .... assistant location manager
George McDowell Agnew .... location manager (as George M. Agnew)
David McFarland .... assistant: Ms. Ricci (as Dave McFarland)
Tori Meek .... accountant (as Victoria Meek)
Jessica Moss .... production assistant
Hoppy Munz Jr. .... craft service (as Hoppy Munz)
Danny Muscoplat .... assistant to director
Danny Muscoplat .... production assistant
Michael Orr .... production assistant
Evan Peller .... assistant location manager
Canyon Prince .... production assistant
Benjamin Reyes .... catering assistant
Zach Schiff-Abrams .... production associate
Adrienne Swan .... assistant accountant
Andy Thomas .... soccer coach
Angel Villatoro .... catering assistant
Erin T. Whittaker .... production assistant
Tim Wollaston .... production intern (as Timothy Wollaston)
Susan Paley Abramson .... assistant to producers (uncredited)
Derek Avila .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Elaine Curtis .... stand-in (uncredited)
Dominique Jaramillo .... production medic (uncredited)
Joan Scheckel .... acting coach (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for language and a scene of sexuality
113 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: When Carolyn's poetry teacher writes his name on the board the first day of class (prior to instructing the students to turn their desks in a large circle facing one another) as he puts the chalk down on the ledge a horizontal line is formed near his name that is clearly visible. When the camera switches frames to the class and then back to the teacher the line has apparently been erased and is very hard to see where it was once prominent.See more »
Julie Thurber:Now you are going to taste A O Pi perfection in the shape of hot sausages, of all shapes and ethnicities, barbecuing succulently in our backyard to which you should all repair immediately.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Getaway: Episode #17.20" (2008)See more »
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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
When 'separate but equal' worlds collide., 15 May 2004
Author: the_match_maker

Webster's New World Dictionary defines the word ‘retarded' as: 'slow or delayed in development, esp mentally.'

The movie's setup is certainly different from the typical ‘boy meets girl' formula. We've all seen the ‘nerd gets girl' bit. Well, this time it's taken to the ‘next level' if you will. The plot revolves around a stereotypical ‘prom queen' type of sorority girl falling in love with a mentally (and physically) handicapped boy, and how everything she once held dear falls apart because of it.

This is the sort of project that Christina Ricci has made a career out of doing. Namely, dark comedies. She plays against type insofar as she's considered a rather ‘edgy' actress, yet her role in this flick is that of the ‘popular girl'. A role in which is has obvious fun lampooning.

The subject matter would make one think that this would be a conventional straight drama, but it isn't, which is perhaps what elevates it above what could be typical tearjerker schlock. The film never takes itself too seriously, there's always a bit of ‘winking' involved. Take for instance when Ricci's character tries to kill herself by overdosing on Night Quill and Pepto-Bismol-only to succeed in making herself sick to her stomach.

However, while satirical, it does make good points on how the general public view and think about the mentally handicapped. How beneath the platitudes and seeming self sacrifice, most people still view them as ‘unequal' to the rest of us-people to whom mouth service is given, but true acceptance of is never a genuine consideration.

The way everyone turns on Ricci's character (her friends, her boyfriend, her parents) when it's made clear her feelings for her ‘special friend'-it's very poignant and very real (if not also very farcical). And one supposes that it's because of that blatant bias of others that make her make out scenes with said ‘special friend' so satisfying. She not only accepts him, but accepts him as a woman accepts a man. One has to admit, there's something oddly esoteric about seeing her have an implied sex scene with a ‘retard'. It sort of warms the cockles of one's heart.

‘Off beat' is the best way to quantify this film. It toes the line between full-blown farce and full on drama. Satirical yet genuine. And this is coming from a guy that usually avoids these types of flicks like the Bubonic Plague!

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