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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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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.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

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

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12 March 2004 (Spain)  »

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Meu Namorado Pumpkin  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$30,514, 30 June 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$305,690, 6 October 2002
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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 sorry Julie, but Pumpkin is not sitting in the back of the bus anymore.
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Connections

References The Stepford Wives (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Papio
Written by S.G. Raham
Performed by Webley Edwards
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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Dark teenage comedy
5 July 2003 | by 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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