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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

Gross USA:

$305,690
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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 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

Robert Meary: I can't teach people to write poetry. It has to come from your experience... from your insides. Listen babe, I could show you great poems which you will begin by imitating. If you have some talent, you might write a decent poem by the end of the semester.
Cici Pinkus: What do you do if everything inside you is ugly?
Robert Meary: Your life may be ugly, kid, but a successful poem about it will not be ugly because the poem will illuminate and communicate the horror of your life to other people.
Carolyn McDuffy: What do you mean, the horror...
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Connections

References The Stepford Wives (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Sorority Song
Music by Robert Hackl (as Bob Hackl) and Ken Stange
Lyrics by Adam Larson Broder
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Amusingly schizophrenic
29 July 2006 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Surprisingly sweet dark comedy is really too sentimental at heart to be the edgy piece it was promoted as, and the curious final results show definite signs of indecisive filmmakers (two directors!) at the helm. A sorority princess living in a privileged bubble has her existence turned upside-down after forging a loving relationship with a mentally challenged young man, losing her friends in the process. The direction is erratic, and the tone of the film changes from scene to scene, yet it is certainly unpredictable and the cast is game. I don't know if the focus of the movie was changed midway, but the later sequences have a sweet nuance to them, as if a big softie suddenly took over to see this thing through to a happy ending. And then there's that final shot which, in keeping with the rest of the picture, is amusingly bizarre. **1/2 from ****


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