Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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