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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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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 2004 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Meu Namorado Pumpkin See more »

Filming Locations:

Azusa, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,514, 30 June 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$305,690, 6 October 2002
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

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

When Kent Woodlands is playing in his tennis match against Arizona State, his score is announced first when he is receiving serve (ex. 15-Love). The server's score is always announced first in tennis, thus it should be announced Love-15, etc. See more »

Quotes

Carolyn McDuffy: I'm feeling pain, Pumpkin, for the first time in my life. And now I know how it feels. It feels like everything inside me is shattered, like a broken mirror.
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Connections

Featured in Beyond Clueless (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Falling from Grace
Written by Isobel Campbell
Performed by Gentle Waves
Courtesy of Jeepster Records
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Dark teenage comedy
5 July 2003 | by mrchaos33See 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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