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Pumpkin (2002)

Christina Ricci , Hank Harris , Adam Larson Broder , Anthony Abrams  |  R |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christina Ricci, Hank Harris, Brenda Blethyn, Dominique Swain, Marisa Coughlan
  • Directors: Adam Larson Broder, Anthony Abrams
  • Writers: Adam Larson Broder
  • Producers: Christina Ricci, Albert Berger, Andrea Sperling, Betsy Danbury, Francis Ford Coppola
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: November 5, 2002
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JLD1
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,880 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Pumpkin" on IMDb

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Silly, sweet, farcical and subversive, Pumpkin pushes the boundaries of teen melodrama to anabsurd pitch, resulting in a film that is bracing, hilariously funny, and quite often, and in unexpected ways, touching (A.O. Scott, The New York Times)! Sexy Carolyn McDuffy (Christina Ricci) has a perfect lifea good family, a top sorority and a hot boyfrienduntil she meets the not-so-perfect Pumpkin, (Hank Harris), a challenged discus thrower who touches her soul and turns her life upside down. Suddenly smitten, Carolyn finds herself embroiled in a culture clash that will make you laugh with humor, with recognition and with disbelief (Roger Ebert) as you follow her hysterical journey from popular insider'to ostracized outcast!

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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius August 8, 2002
I've never seen anything like "Pumpkin," and I doubt I ever will. It is a movie so multi-layered and so sophisticated in its apparent and deceiving simplicity that it's likely to go over the head of moviegoers used to the same old simplistic commercial fodder.
I can tell you three things about this film: 1. The closer you look and analyse it, the funnier and more meaningful it becomes 2. It's impossible to pidgeonhole or put in a box and that's all critics do these days and so it is probably one of the most underrated films in a long time 3. Appreciation and a following for this film will grow through the years as people see it as a daring and provocative piece of art and not a missfired attempt at satire.
I've seen Pumpkin three times and I'm betting that this film will become a classic and will reappear at your local retro theater in years to come.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Douglas Sirk meets John Waters December 30, 2002
This film is so subversive, I love it! We've finally reached the point in our society where the love that dare not speak its name is that between a hot babe and a [ ]!
The reason why I mention these two Directors in my title is because this film is lush with color and beautiful music, I specially liked the Belle & Sebastion tune, and is quite purposely melodramatic to an absurd degree(remember the car crash sequence that Roger Ebert hated so much?).
If you watch carefully Pumpkin and Caroline actually spend very little time together. Caroline is obviously projecting onto Pumpkin her desires because he is a blank slate to her. The revealing scene is at the end of the film when she asks him if he was speaking literally or metaphorically about something and he answers "what?".
Cliche's abound in this film, the overprotective mother, the jock who becomes a better man after losing the use of his legs, the "blond" sorority, the fight at the dance(is that music from Rebel Without A Cause?). The symbolism is so in your face, the rats, the rotting fruit covered with flies, the dead bird. Christina Ricci was very wise to get this future cult film under her belt before moving on to adult fare.
The only reason I can't give this film 5 stars is because ultimately it has no message. Love conquers all is a childish concept and I can't believe that women will be flocking to the special olympics looking for dates after seeing this film. Just enjoy the film for what it is; a tasty piece of ear and eye candy.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Waitaminute.... July 20, 2002
After reading incredibly mixed reviews where critics badmouthed this film because they couldn't pidgeonhole it, I knew Pumpkin had to have something going for it. Quirky? Yes. (Pumpkin finds an Englebert Humperdink album mixed in with his late father's girlie-mag stash). Funny? Yes, sometimes in subtle ways that you have to watch for. (Christina Ricci attempts suicide after making a mess of her sorority status by--drinking Pepto Bismol and contact lens solution).
There's lots of little visual "signals" like that throughout the film (was that a LIVE baby shrimp in her salad?) and I arrive at the conclusion that the directors certainly intend to play with your head a bit. Play they do, taking on several sub-genres of comedy at once. If you like anything by John Waters or even Steve Martin, you'll like this film. Check your preconceived notions of what a film "should" be at the door.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...Who can you laugh at? November 21, 2002
First off, a minor correction for the offical review of this film. These two may be first time co-directors, but this wasn't their first film. They're the writing team behind "Dead Man on Campus".
And no, a lot of people aren't going to like this movie. If you liked "But I'm a Cheerleader", you'll probably love it. I did. The characters are drawn in much the same way: earnest, but completely lunatic.
The subject matter is also, like 're-orienting' queerfolk, generally considered not appropriate comedy material, and as such, there are some folks who will hate this movie no matter how the subject is approached, because there "just isn't anything funny about the mentally disabled". I thought it did a good job of staying between the sort of flat-out mean fun that "Something About Mary" made of disabled kids, and the smarmy "our poor wounded angels" attitude so many people adopt when portraying the mentally disabled. This movie treats their subjects like normal people - some of them are mean, some of them are nice, some of them are better than others.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My interpretation... June 2, 2006
If you'll notice, this movie gets incredibly mixed reviews with some people hailing it as "Brilliant!" while others call it exploitive or horribly uneven. I have a theory that can reconcile these two interpretations.

(Spoilers ahead) My interpretation is simple: Carolyn succeeds at suicide. The rest of the movie, after the suicide attempt, is simply her imagined happy ending as she slips into the beyond.

This perspective explains many of the problems others have with the movie. A common complaint is that the ending does not match the beginning. But, if the ending is Carolyn's fantasy, it doesn't have to. Until the suicide episode, the movie plays out as a dark comedy. Brenda Blethyn chasing Christina Ricci while shouting "you raped my son!" is as funny as anything Heathers offers. After the suicide episode, Pumpkin becomes a farce. The fight and Ken's redemption after his car accident is incredibly funny as farce. Ken becomes Pumpkin's coach in no time at all! Given a realistic timeline, this could never have happened. But, as a dream of Carolyn's, this makes perfect sense. The farce is picking on the cliched plot devices of melodramatic made-for-TV movies.

I enjoyed both the beginning and ending of this movie, but only if I view it from this angle. Then, it actually becomes a consistent movie. It is a dark comedy throughout. Is there anything more darkly comedic than Carolyn's farcical death dream?

Like Adaptation, the movie does not confine itself to a single reality. So, it can be confusing for audience members who are used to the one-reality convention. If there is a flaw to Pumpkin, it is that the filmmakers are a bit too subtle about the transition. I didn't arrive at this interpretation until the day after I saw the movie for the first time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
A thankless movie, no plot, no acting, no reason to watch.
Published 7 days ago by Kiddoo
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Weird, and disturbing. Trying to make a relationship with a challenged person appear normal.
Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Promising Plot, Poor Execution.
Plot could have been interesting were it not for poor acting and scriptwriting. This movie is a total waste of time.
Published 22 days ago by SanDiegoJesse
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good movie
Published 26 days ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars pumpkin
The movie was brand new and had no scraches came in on time and i was happy to watch pumpkin again
Published 1 month ago by jayla goliday
1.0 out of 5 stars Revolting Movie!
I stopped watching after I became so disgusted I couldn't tolerate the lack of humanity any longer. It was totally devoid of any redeeming qualities.
Published 1 month ago by TarHeelPC
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 star acting, 4 star story line.
An excellent story that had potential. Unfortunately it was also some of the worst acting I've ever seen. And I have low expectations.
Published 1 month ago by MIke Triner
1.0 out of 5 stars Hated it
What a disgusting, dirty movie. I am beyond words. When a movie says that it has some swearing you have no idea that every swear word in the whole movie will be random rants... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Melissa Sylvis
1.0 out of 5 stars If it at broke don't fix it!
I did not like the edited version of pumpkin. it was edited very poorly. It did not make sense in certain places.
key scenes was missing! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Earl Spurlin
1.0 out of 5 stars Good movie - terrible edit!
This edit rendered an otherwise enjoyable movie almost unwatchable. Major sections of the storyline appear to have been left on the cutting room floor. Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Carr
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