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Pumpkin (2002)



Critic Consensus: The messy Pumpkin wastes its premise by not making the satire sharp enough.

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Adam Larson and Tony R. Abrams' directorial debut Pumpkin is an unconventional love story. College senior Carolyn McDuffy (Christina Ricci) agrees to coach handicapped athletes from a local town in order to help her sorority win an award. She and her sorority sister Jeanine (Dominique Swain) are put off by the activity. Carolyn's discomfort begins to dissipate after meeting Pumpkin Romanoff (Hank Harris), a young man in a wheelchair who has dreams of competing in the shot put. Slowly, Carolyn falls in love with Pumpkin, sending her into conflict with her boyfriend Kent (Sam Ball), her sisters, and Pumpkin's mother (Brenda Blethyn). This film was screened at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.
R (adult situations/language)
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Christina Ricci
as Carolyn McDuffy
Hank Harris
as Pumpkin Romanoff
Brenda Blethyn
as Judy Romanoff
Dominique Swain
as Jeanine Kryszinsky
Harry Lennix
as Robert Meary
Nina Foch
as Betsy Collander
Caroline Aaron
as Claudia
Lisa Banes
as Chippy
Tasha Smith
as Hansie
Erinn Bartlett
as Corinne
Marissa Parker
as Courtney Burke
Marisa Parker
as Courtney Burke
Amy Adams
as Alex
Shaun Weiss
as Randy Suskind
Julia Vera
as Ramona Ramirez
Elsie Escobar
as Sascha Santiago
John Henry Binder
as Newscaster
Margaret Travolta
as Vera Whitner
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Critic Reviews for Pumpkin

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (23)

Though Harris is affecting at times, he cannot overcome the sense that Pumpkin is a mere plot pawn for two directors with far less endearing disabilities.

Full Review… | November 4, 2002
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

This is the sort of Pumpkin that really deserves to be smashed.

August 16, 2002
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

By presenting an impossible romance in an impossible world, Pumpkin dares us to say why either is impossible -- which forces us to confront what's possible and what we might do to make it so.

Full Review… | August 7, 2002
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Though Pumpkin extends its jaundiced joke too far, it's almost worth it for Ricci's final scene, which tells us everything we need to know about what will become of her.

Full Review… | August 2, 2002
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

Weird. Rewarding.

July 26, 2002
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

If you believe any of this, I can make you a real deal on leftover Enron stock that will double in value a week from Friday.

July 25, 2002
New York Observer
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Pumpkin

In thinking about this movie, I first thought that is was such a stupid movie because none of it was logical. A car burns up in a grand explosion, and the driver comes out without a burn. A girl takes every pill she can find in the medicine cabinet, but comes out unscathed. But OK, the movie is a satire on almost everything.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

Pumpkin 2002 is about women that who becomes a mentor to a disabled guy. Over time their friendship grows so munch like a hidden romantic relationship. Everyone around them total disapproval of them be that way together. Will Carolyn and Pumpkin be able to be togther by end or will people still disapproval of them by the end of the film. Pros Good acting and plot. True eye opening on this subject. Good ending It says it a comedy but I found it as a hard drama Tearjerker Cons Slow at times If u wants a good drama you should give this a try.

erika bruhns
erika bruhns

Super Reviewer

Pumpkin, a mix of drama, comedy and romance flaw with the not so good screenplay written by Adam Broder. Is really sad see that Pumpkin is not a fresh movie.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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