Although Pumpkin wasn't my favorite film, I did enjoy it. But then again, I didn't expect it to be my favorite film. However, I am fan of Christina Ricci. And I thought that this film displayed her charms and abilites as an actress quite well.
The story follows Carolin, a sority girl who sees the world through rose colored glasses and doesn't question a thing in front of her, and is perfectly happy that way. That is, until she meets Pumpkin, a mentally disabled guy whom she is helping as a charity for her sorority. Her and the rest of her sority sisters are helping his team prepare for an sort Special Olympics. And Pumpkin is immediately taken with her. She is drawn into him because he is different, mysterious. But according to everyone she knows, and everything she's been taught, it would be wrong to become involed with "someone like him". She first tries to play matchmaker with him and one of her friends from class, but that doesn't work out as the girl takes it as an insult. And this is where her world begins falling apart, and everything she thought she knew, just doesn't make sense anymore.
I wasn't entirely pleased with this movie, obviously its a satire, and its just making fun of people who are prejudice about those that are different from us, and it goes to the extremes on that. But for the most part the characters besides Caroline and Pumpkin seemed so phoney, but then I guess that was probably the intention.
Pumpkin(the movie) did make me think though, I was wondering just how many people I've known that are actually like those in the film. And to tell you the truth, I've met a quite good number of people who do act similar to those in at her school and sorority.
Obviously the film isn't meant to be taken completely seriously, but it does deal with that serious issue of discrimination and segregation.
I think what made this film really worth watching though, was the acting. Everyone all around in my opinion did a very good job, and Christina Ricci and Hank Harris as Carolin and Pumpkin are very good together.
Though Pumpkin is quite flawed, I think it is still worth viewing, if only once, just to see how Christina Ricci can really shine, even in a movie that's only about average.
I give it 3.5 stars.
*Enjoy* & God Bless ~Amy