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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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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 Carolyn is taking thing out of her medicine cabinet, she clears the bottom shelf, save for the NyQuil bottle on the left. When the bottom shelf gets a close up seconds later, the NyQuil bottle is there with a few other bottles. 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

Referenced in Getaway: Episode #17.20 (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Fraternity Men's Choir
Written by Robert Hackl (as Bob Hackl) and Ken Stange
Performed by Sourcerer
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This movie is wonderful!
8 February 2006 | by dollpenguinSee all my reviews

This film has a lot of depth. The actors did an excellent job portraying very three-dimensional characters. Occasionally, I found myself rooting for the antagonists. In this movie Christina Ricci's character is part of a comically cliché sorority. The sorority sisters decide to mentor mentally retarded college freshmen as a goodwill project to help them win a contest. When Ricci's character meets Pumpkin, played by Hank Harris, her entire world changes. My world changed too, because I suddenly had a new favorite movie.

The writing was superb. This outstanding story is both hilarious and touching. The directing was top-notch as was this pacing of this perfect little movie. The sense of humor displayed ranges from quirky to diabolical.

I would recommend this movie to fans of Donnie Darko, Napolian Dynamite, or Last Supper :)


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