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PUMPKIN

To the astonishment of her campus-jock boyfriend, a spoiled sorority brat falls in love with a physically--and perhaps mentally--handicapped dreamer.

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CAST: Christina Ricci, Hank Harris, Brenda Blethyn, Dominique Swain, Marisa Coughlan, Samel Ball, Harry J. Lennix, Nina Foch, Caroline Aaron, Lisa Banes

DIRECTORS: Anthony Abrams, Adam Larson Broder

"To believe that the disabled possess a special soulfulness is not to affirm their humanity, but to deny it...'Pumpkin' can't decide whether it wants to make fun of Carolyn's romanticism or endorse it, and attempts to overcome its ambivalence by winking while it is trying to elicit tears. It sometimes succeeds at both, which leaves you with the strange feeling of being laughed at by the same people who are doing everything they can to make you cry." --A. O. Scott, The New York Times

"I laughed harder at 'Pumpkin' than at any other film I've seen this year--but be warned: This dark campus comedy is not for all tastes, or probably even most tastes...will no doubt make many people uncomfortable--but its full frontal assault on political correctness had me in stitches." --Lou Lumenick, The New York Post

"Under the heading 'What were they thinking?' comes 'Pumpkin,' a witless, insulting satire of sorority girls that shamelessly ridicules the mentally challenged. The filmmakers aren't exactly Mensa candidates themselves...If having sex really adds IQ points, the world would surely have been a smarter place by now." --Jami Bernard, The New York Daily News

"'Pumpkin' means to be an outrageous dark satire on fraternity life, but its ambitions far exceed the abilities of writer Adam Larson Broder and his co-director, Tony R. Abrams...In the old Hollywood tradition, Pumpkin's affliction is vague in the extreme. He may or may not be mentally retarded, and he seems to have a mild case of cerebral palsy that by the time the film is over has been reduced to little more than a limp...There may be a valid premise for both comedy and drama here, but despite a game and wide-ranging portrayal by Ricci, it is not developed in consistently credible fashion." --Kevin Thomas, The Los Angeles Times

"Co-directors Adam Larson Broder and Tony R. Abrams satirize the condescension that chokes media depictions of the disabled, except when it's more convenient to indulge in those same suspect clichE`s...In its own dimly reckless way, the film is riveting--not unlike watching a tightrope walker with a bad case of vertigo." --Dennis Lim, The Village Voice

"Does this young man, whom everyone refers to as a retard, mature overnight into a regular, literally upstanding fellow?...Has Christina Ricci hit rock bottom?...Could this be one of the worst movies ever made?...If you answered yes to all of the questions, you're too smart to pay good money to see a pumpkin turn into a turkey." --Guy Flatley, Moviecrazed