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HTF REVIEW: "Pumpkin" (with screenshots)



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#1 of 16 Ronald Epstein

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Posted October 30 2002 - 06:43 AM

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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

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#2 of 16 BarryS

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Posted October 30 2002 - 06:48 AM

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 of 16 Chuck West

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Posted October 30 2002 - 08:16 AM

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

#4 of 16 Mike Kearns

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Posted October 30 2002 - 08:45 AM

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.

#5 of 16 Ronald Epstein

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Posted October 30 2002 - 09:47 AM

Quote:
I like the 4th screenshot

Knowing my membership, there is no doubt that
I purposely put that in there.

Trust me, there are many other scenes like this
where it must have been very cold on the set.

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#6 of 16 Tony_Faville

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Posted October 30 2002 - 10:04 AM

Was interested in this film, 4th screen shot anchored it for me. Thank you Ron!Posted Image

#7 of 16 Ron-P

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Posted October 30 2002 - 10:21 AM

Almost lost an eye opening this thread. I'll give it a rental based on your review Ron.


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#8 of 16 Peter Kim

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Posted October 30 2002 - 11:01 AM

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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#9 of 16 Dave Scarpa

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Posted October 30 2002 - 02:55 PM

Eh..Ron I think I see in that Piano Screen Capture why you like this film... Yowsa !
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#10 of 16 BarryS

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Posted October 30 2002 - 05:09 PM

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!!!!!

#11 of 16 Michael Lee

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Posted October 31 2002 - 12:50 AM

OK-I'm in!

#12 of 16 Derek Miner

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Posted October 31 2002 - 03:16 AM

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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#13 of 16 BobH

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Posted November 11 2002 - 03:33 AM

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.

#14 of 16 Xenia Stathakopoulou

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Posted June 29 2003 - 02:03 AM

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
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#15 of 16 steve jaros

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Posted July 05 2003 - 06:03 AM

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...

#16 of 16 James L White

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Posted July 05 2003 - 06:34 AM

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. Posted Image
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