pumpkin is about insensitive sorority girl carolyn mcduffy (christina ricci) who is forced to be buddy with special (mentally and physically challenged) boy pumpkin romanoff (hank harris) as part of a sorority charity and ends up falling in love with him after discovering something about herself and her life.
the tone of the movie was inconsistent. i wasn't sure whether they were making fun of handicapped people or were they glorifying handicapped people. some parts of the movie were inappropriately funny, while others were touchingly poignant. the movie spoofs the collegiate greek system, using it as a platform to deliver its messages, which can be one of many things, like special people are people too, or that love transcends all barriers (oh, that old message again). the trailer definitely led me to believe that this would be a more irreverant comedy bordering on tasteless, but the energy of the film was somewhat subdued. there are moments where you groan, but there are also just as many near-serious moments (e.g. how pumpkin's mother, despite the fact that she means well, ends up crippling her own child).
is it just me or does christina ricci have a kewpie doll head? she gives a nice performance as a girl unable to understand her initial feelings towards pumpkin. it's weird that she seems to be the only blonde in her sorority of brunettes (while the neighboring tri sigma sorority is nothing but blondes). eliza remarked maybe this was a way of making carolyn stand out more.
the movie seemed to have ran a little too long. without giving anything away, i thought the movie should've just ended after the dance formal, instead of going on. i would've been very happy with the movie at that point, but in the extended ending, more loose ends are tied and a bigger happy ending payoff is in store for the audience, which i think is quite unnecessary, especially a cynical indie audience weened on a diet of indie films that don't usually end in happy and satisfying conclusions.
if you're going to see the movie because you've seen the trailer and thought it was funny, you might be disappointed when you actually see the film. see it only if you think the premise is worth seeing, a tale of two opposites coming together in love, a sorority girl and her mentally challenged care. with a touch of ha ha, and a touch of seriousness.