DVD Review HTF REVIEW: "Pumpkin" (with screenshots)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Pumpkin




    Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
    Year: 2002
    Rated: R
    Film Length: 117 minutes
    Aspect Ratio: 16X9 Enhanced Widescreen (1.85:1)
    and Full-Frame (1.33:1) transfers
    Subtitles: English, French and Spanish



    A comedy for the romantically challenged.
    First of all, I need to tell you how much I have
    adored actress Christina Ricci since first seeing
    her as Wednesday Adams in The Addams Family
    films. She is a unique and captivating individual
    who made a transition to serious actress by taking
    on roles in non-mainstream films. Now, for the
    very first time, she has taken on the role as a
    Producer, moving into new territory in a film about
    sorority girls and retarded boys.
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    Carolyn (Christina Ricci) may be ignorant, but she
    lives the perfect life of a college senior --
    she's an officer in her sorority and dates the
    best-looking hunk on campus, Kent (Sam Ball). Her
    entire life is going well until it's decided that
    her sorority will mentor the handicapped adults of
    the Challenged Games. Carolyn is initially against
    the charity selection, but sorority president (Marisa
    Coughlan) believes helping these special athletes
    will give the sorority enough points to win Sorority
    of the Year, an award which the opposing Tri-Os
    sorority have held for 22 years.
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    When Carolyn is assigned to a pleasant-looking,
    gangling youth nicknamed Pumpkin (Hank Harris), she
    is first repulsed by him, but soon starts to respond
    to the "beauty of his soul." You can only guess
    that it's a coupling no one can accept, from horrified
    school counselors to overprotective parents. The
    relationship makes Carolyn an outcast, turning her
    life completely upside down.
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    I really enjoyed this film despite the fact that
    it's a bit uneven. Sometimes Pumpkin seems
    like a John Hughes comedy, but I can't help but
    wonder how offensive this film may be to those that
    have compassion or respect for the struggles disabled
    people face.
    Still, Christina Ricci has never looked more elegant
    or earnest, making her and this film extremely hard
    to resist. At times, you can't help but to be
    touched by her performance.
    How is the transfer?
    MGM has put out a transfer that falls just short
    of perfection. The picture comes across quite
    beautifully with astounding detail. Most noticeable
    here are the vivid colors that accent each scene.
    Everything looks rather bold and fresh, with accurate
    flesh tones and deep solid black levels.
    The reason why this transfer falls short of being
    perfect, is that there is a small amount of noise
    that lies beneath every scene. Some of the outdoor
    shots, such as a scene at the beach, have noise
    littered amongst its blue sky. There's also a more
    noticeable amount of nicks and blemishes scattered
    throughout the print.
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    The 5.1 Dolby Digital track is extremely pleasing.
    Sound is very robust and bass-heavy across the
    fronts. John Ottman's score is nicely distributed
    amongst all the speakers, and it's the emphasis
    within his music that received the most response
    from the LFE channel. The rears provided some
    nice ambient effects such as the sounds of waves
    and sea gulls at the beach, or a roaring crowd at
    a tennis match.
    Special Features
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    Alas, MGM has provided nothing more here than
    the film's original theatrical trailer.
    Note that this feature is presented on a 2-sided
    DVD in both widescreen and full-frame formats.
    Final Thoughts
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    Pumpkin may not be perfect, but I found
    myself perfectly entertained thanks to the efforts
    of its fine cast, headed by Christina Ricci.
    Absolutely worth a rental!
    Release Date: November 5, 2002
     
  2. BarryS

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    Christina! Christina!! I love Christina Ricci and have been eagerly anticipating this film. I seem to remember this film getting a pretty good review on Ebert and Roeper. I'm there!
     
  3. Chuck West

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    Good review Ron!
    I like the 4th screenshot. :b
     
  4. Mike Kearns

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    Sounds interesting, I'll give it a rent.

    "but I can't help but wonder how offensive this film may be to those that have compassion or respect for the struggles disabled people face"

    This wins quote of the year.

    While handicap people making handicap faces.
     
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    Was interested in this film, 4th screen shot anchored it for me. Thank you Ron![​IMG]
     
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    Almost lost an eye opening this thread. I'll give it a rental based on your review Ron.
    Peace Out~[​IMG]
     
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    Completely forgot about this title...thanks for the review. Now, I will give it a rent. I, too, share an affinity for Christina.
     
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    Eh..Ron I think I see in that Piano Screen Capture why you like this film... Yowsa !
     
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    I was going to be polite and gentleman-like and not point out the 4th screenshot, but seeing as others have since done so.... screw politeness! Boobies!!!!!
     
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    OK-I'm in!
     
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    Sometimes I feel like the only one who saw this movie.

    Okay, maybe there was one other guy in the theater at the time, but still...

    If you intend to watch PUMPKIN, keep in mind that it's a satire. I only mention this because I've seen people outside this forum completely misinterpret a film like this. While I share Ron's concern over the portrayal of the disabled, I ultimately feel that aspect of the story is the most honest and compassionate. It's the characters surrounding the disabled who are made to be mocked, but it's still uncomfortable.
     
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    I have to say the 4th screen shot summarizes my reaction to this movie. The "chocoloate chips" must be fake since they occur throughout the movie regardless of what she is wearing or the weather and they are always in the same place. I think the whole movie was just forced too hard to be either funny or a clever satire.

    I would give Christina credit for Producer except that is a commonly "awarded" title these days so I doubt she actually did anything relating to real production. I have always liked her acting but she seems to be trying to copy Reese Wetherspoon in this movie and I would rather have seen Christina Ricci.

    I rented it but would honestly have rather skipped it. In summary: a boring mess.
     
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    I added this to my collection recently, and i have to say that this is Christinas best performance in any movie she ever played ! I have seen all her indy films, but nothing comes close to this, she should have been nominated for an academy award. She has to be 1 of the most underated actresses of all time. On another note will that nation movie of hers ever get released? Its not even funny how many times its been pushed back. They should remake the angel trilogy starring Christina Ricci !!:b
     
  15. steve jaros

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    I agree that the DVD is technically strong.

    But i disagree about the movie. It is overly long, becomes contrived near the end (i.e.,the auto accident to the hunk and his reconciliation w/Pumpkin).

    And its main flaw is its sheer unrealism - i just couldn't wrap my mind around the concept that a hot babe like the ricci character could ever become sexually attracted to someone like Pumpkin. It didn't pass the 'giggle' test...
     
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    This must've been a limit theatrical release beacuase this is this first time I've heard of it, anyhow since I loath the vast majority of romantic films I'll probably skip this one. [​IMG]
     

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