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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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Technical Specs

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 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: People are mean. They're brutal, they're unhappy, they're jealous.
Robert Meary: Good. Good, good. You've made some progress. Now what on earth made this happen?
Carolyn McDuffy: [horrified look] Something I left on the beach.
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Connections

Edited from Hudson Hawk (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Wipe Out
Written by Robert Berryhill, Patrick Connolly, Jim Fuller (as James Fuller) and Ronald Wilson (as Ronald Wilson)
Performed by The Surfaris
Courtesy of Dominion Entertainment Inc.
By Arrangement with Celebrity Licensing Inc.
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A great movie if you take the time to appreciate it.
8 April 2007 | by alexi-maschasSee all my reviews

This movie is fantastic, although you probably have to have a certain comic sensibility to appreciate it. The best parts of this movie are so subtle that you might miss them the first time around. The director certainly doesn't hold your hand.

The soundtrack in particular was amazing. The montage set against Belle & Sebastian's "Stars of Track and Field" is one of the better uses of song in a movie I've encountered.

I rarely come across comedies that demonstrate any originality. It's mostly formulaic junk. Pumpkin is a beautiful, hilarious, and has a great deal of thematic and character depth.


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