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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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AND who gets the glass slipper?
It was an interesting perspective on the subject of prejudice, and challenging social norms and classism.
It was eye-opening when Pumpkin's mother caught Caroline in bed with him, and called her a rapist. You don't often see a scenario where a female is the accused in sexual misconduct, and with someone not just disabled, but below her social class.
Worth seeing. Everyone did a good job.
The basic premise is intriguing. Christina Ricci plays Carolyn, a senior in college who so far has had the illusion of life being painless. In hopes of winning Sorority Of the Year, her house attempts to give themselves an edge by working with handicapped/ retarded atheletes. This leads to Carolyn meeting the title character, played by Hank Harris. Although Carolyn already has a boyfriend, Kent, she is taken by Pumpkin's tenderness and comes to find Kent shallow and unappealing by comparison.
There is also some really funny stuff in here. Harry J. Lennix in particular, who plays Carolyn's poetry teacher, really livens things up and practically steals every scene in which he appears--it's unfortunate that his part wasn't a bit bigger.
"Pumpkin" seems torn between wanting to be a touching unconventional love story and a spoof on what they call 'teen sex comedies', and it ends up suffering significantly as a result. The most glaring example... After building up serious momentum and interest, the movie gets to the part where Kent is involved in a catastrophic fiery car crash, and then a few moments later we see him in a hospital bed injured, but still alive and without any visible burns. Obviously this is supposed to be funny, but it's horrendously out of whack with so much of what's come before and makes you feel like you've been taken for a sucker.
Another thing that's unsettling is that the Pumpkin character tends to come across as someone who isn't really handicapped, and is only pretending to be handicapped. In the end, it becomes clear this was an intentional move and not simply bad acting on Harris' part.
The movie also loses points for using a couple of appallingly bad, lame-brained songs in the soundtrack. What the hell were they going for with these songs, poignancy??? Suffice it to say, the appearance of such weak songs really detracted from the scences in which they were featured.
In short, "Pumpkin", despite its positive aspects, is a prime example of unfulfilled potential.