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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 Ezra
April 7th, 2007

Another old review:

For those of you expecting a bad review, get to steppin'. This is not Another Dumb Teenage American Pie She's All That and a bag of Road Trip sophomore-fest. Instead, it is a well-acted, genuinely funny dark comedy that is too smart to be politically correct.

Our story concerns a spoiled rich girl leading a charmed life (amazingly, Christina Ricci manages to evoke sympathy for this character). Blonde, pretty, and standardized-test "smart", she dates an athletic tennis star with cartoonish good looks and belongs to the second best sorority on campus. As the film begins, the struggle to make her house #1 is the most important thing on her none-too-weighty mind. All that changes when she meets Pumpkin.

Pumpkin (yes, that's his real name) is a retarded (or "challenged") athlete whom Ricci's character is assigned to coach. Her initial reaction is a scream of awkward disgust; but she soon finds herself falling in love with Pumpkin, much to the chagrin of everyone she knows, especially her boyfriend (well-played by Sam Ball).

Finally, after a series of mishaps ranging from comical, to touching, to downright uncomfortable, she makes her final decision between the sweet but "retarded retarded" Pumpkin and her cloddish but goodhearted boyfriend. I won't spoil the ending, but suffice to say that the film doesn't take the easy way out, and that the final shot is priceless.

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