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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:
... Carolyn McDuffy
... Pumpkin Romanoff
... Judy Romanoff
... Jeanine Kryszinsky
... Julie Thurber
... Kent Woodlands
... Robert Meary (Poetry teacher)
... Betsy Collander
... Claudia Prinsinger
... Chippy McDuffy
... Dr. Frederico Cruz
... Burt Wohlfert
... Courtney Burke (as Marisa Parker)
Tait Smith ... Hansie Prinsinger
... 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 »

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MGM

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Release Date:

12 March 2004 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Meu Namorado Pumpkin  »

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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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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 Caroline runs to fetch Pumpkin from the beach, her hair is sticking up in the air from the wind, then when she kneels down next to Pumpkin, her hair is perfect again. See more »

Quotes

Pumpkin Romanoff: I think they want us to leave, Carolyn.
Julie Thurber: He's right. You two better go, Carolyn. You've caused enough damage already.
Carolyn McDuffy: No. I am a sister of AO Pi. And Pumpkin Romanoff is my guest. If it hadn't been for you sanctimonious hypocrites he would have been my date tonight. Pumpkin and I are going inside to dance.
Julie Thurber: No!
Carolyn McDuffy: Why, Julie?
Julie Thurber: You two are not... an appropriate... couple.
Carolyn McDuffy: I'm sorry, Julie. Pumpkin's not going to sit in the back of the bus anymore.
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Connections

Referenced in Room Full of Spoons (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

The Stars of Track and Field
Written by Isobel Campbell, Richard Colburn, Mick Cooke, Christopher Geddes, Stuart David, Stevie Jackson (as Stephen Jackson), Sarah Martin and Stuart Murdoch
Performed by Belle & Sebastian
Courtesy of Matador Records and Jeepster Recordings Ltd.
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User Reviews

 
This movie is wonderful!
8 February 2006 | by See 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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