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Directed By
Adam Larson Broder

Written By:
Adam Larson Broder

Christina Ricci, Brenda Blethyn, Dominique Swain, Marisa Coughlan, Samuel Ball, Harry J. Lennix, Nina Foch, Caroline Aaron, Lisa Banes, Julio Mechoso, Hank Harris

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Pumpkin (2002)
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Movie Review by Zara
January 27th, 2007

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I really tried to figure out what the point of this movie was. If it was supposed to have you feel for Pumpkin and his struggles to become more vocal and physical or if it's for you to despise those people who thrive on taking advantage of the "less fortunate." Perhaps it was meant to be a sincere love story. I highly doubt the last one though.

I actually think this movie is just as confused with what it wanted to do as I am. Centered around a spoiled cheerleader who participates in a program where they help young adults with developmental disabilities, it starts as a dark comedy. As the movie progresses and you see the character of Pumpkin, one of the young adults who previously hadn't walked or talked, fall in love with Ricci's cheerleader it starts to just get odd.

She eventually begins to fall in love with Pumpkin, but to what extent, she's not even sure. He's clearly not mentally capable of understanding what is transpiring between them even though he appears to want to be romantic with her.

It's one of those films which disturbs me because it is quite clear that the filmmakers knew nothing about the developmentally disabled when they went into production. I have a job where I work with a group of these individuals and I can spot a performance which is made out of stereotype and assumptions. This is one of them.

If you really want to see a movie where some retarded people find love and it's a realistic portrayal and not mocking the individuals... rent THE RINGER. Seriously... at least it's more honest.

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