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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 (133 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 (133 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JLD1
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,155 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark, Droll and Dry Satire July 2, 2007
Carolyn McDuffy (Christina Ricci) is a girl who assists her sorority by helping a bunch of mentally challenged adults for the "Challenged Games". Carolyn's training partner is Pumpkin Romanoff. The sheltered and superficial Carolyn is not used to situations like this and she often violates social norms and offends people without even realizing why certain actions and comments would be offensive. Unlike her sorority sisters, Carolyn has a good heart but she is still ignorant enough that she doesn't automatically earn any respect from the film's audience. She is a unique character that conveniently slips under our radar as such. At first apprehensive about dealing with Pumpkin, Carolyn soon comes to the realization that Pumpkin is at least genuine, which is completely unlike anyone else in her world, especially the girls in her sorority. Carolyn falls deeply in love with Pumpkin. This has a dramatic effect on the lives of both Carolyn and Pumpkin and that is essentially what this film focuses on.

Christina Ricci is almost always great in anything she has ever done. She takes on unique roles for the most part and only surfaces up to the mainstream in flashes these days. Pumpkin is not a mainstream film as it was hardly even released in the United States. Unfortunately it is roles like this that can showcase just how talented Ricci really is. Making characters we are not supposed to like enjoyable and entertaining is when she is at her best. Hank Harris plays Pumpkin and does a great job at a kind of role that is easy to compliment in most films, but he somehow manages to make Pumpkin fit appropriately even in this unusual environment. Brenda Blethyn plays Pumpkin's mother and is outstanding as always.
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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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18 of 22 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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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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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 1 month 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 1 month ago by J. Carr
3.0 out of 5 stars Edit Sucks
I love this movie, but by edited version they mean there is a good 15min chunk missing from the middle of the movie.
Published 2 months ago by Nathan Helsabeck
4.0 out of 5 stars A Matter Of Taste
I enjoyed this funny movie. Would have enjoyed it more without the "colorful" language. It is emotion filled, of various emotions.
Published 4 months ago by Hedy M. Soreco
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, Interesting, Controversial, Heartwarming
Really funny, quirky, weird! Christina Ricci plays a character unlike her previous ones. If you like campy, but clever, check this one out. Read more
Published 4 months ago by customer123
5.0 out of 5 stars Less than 4 stars? You've got to be kidding me!
I'm in awe that this movie doesn't have a higher rating, considering it is one of my absolute favorites. Read more
Published 5 months ago by K. Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is one of the best American satires, ever.
This is an American sarcastic satire that is told on many levels. It laughed at itself, laughing at itself. Christina Ricci deserves an Oscar for her role.
Published 8 months ago by Springer Rider
1.0 out of 5 stars What did I just watch?
I'm not sure what this movie was trying to be, but the end result is awful. At first, it appeared to be an uplifting movie about a woman falling in love with a severely... Read more
Published 8 months ago by David Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars A warm Ricci film
To me ,who loves Christina Ricci, this should become a bit of a cult classic !! Sought of like what did Jena Malone in Donnie Darko?? Read more
Published 11 months ago by GQBOB
2.0 out of 5 stars I Can't Believe I Watched the Whole Thing!
Yes I can. This is a short putt from watching a train wreck. You simply cannot look away. This is the most bizarrely surreal film I've ever seen and I don't mean that in a good... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Eric Sanberg
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