Pumpkin (2002)

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Amy Adams as: Alex
Directed by: Anthony Abrams, Adam Larson Broder
Written by: Adam Larson Broder
Selected Cast: Christina Ricci, Dominique Swain, Hank Harris
Release Date: January 14, 2002 (Sundance Film Festival)
Genre: Comedy / Drama / Romance
MPAA Rating: R

A comedy for the romantically challenged.

After a perfect summer, perky Carolyn McDuffy returns to Southern California State University for her senior year. Determined to make this the year that their arch rivals–the Tri-Omegas–are unseated as Sorority of the Year, Carolyn’s sorority, Alpha Omega Pi, develops a well-ordered plan. It includes pleasing the Greek council by picking a “killer” charity: coaching mentally challenged athletes for the regional Challenged games. Enter Pumpkin, the wheelchair-bound discus thrower assigned to Carolyn for training. Far from the comfortable stucco walls of Pasadena, Carolyn is at first made queasy by this brush with imperfection, but as she looks into Pumpkin’s doe-like eyes she is confused by her feelings for him. Carolyn soon sees in him something she’s never seen before: a gentle humanity and honest clarity that touches her soul. To the horror of her friends and Pumpkin’s overprotective mother, Carolyn falls in love with him, becoming an outcast in the process. As Carolyn’s “perfect life” falls apart, Pumpkin teaches her that perfection isn’t always perfect.

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Amy’s Role

Amy has a very minor part as Alex, a sorority girl. She’s seen with the same group of friends in just a handful of scenes. She has one line of dialogue where she speaks French.


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Trivia & Facts

• Filmed in California, USA.

• The shot of Kent’s car flying off the cliff and exploding is actually taken from Hudson Hawk (1991) – you can even see the dummy, that represented the bad guy, on the hood.


Pumpkin defies description. Maybe it doesn’t need a category, it needs a diagnosis. Relentlessly, and sometimes brilliantly, it forces us to decide what we really think, how permissive our taste really is, how far a black comedy can go before it goes too far. It’s like a teenage sex comedy crossed with the darkest corners of underground comics. We laugh in three ways: with humor, with recognition and with disbelief.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times

“The result is hit or miss, with a laugh here and there, ultimately creating an aura of hopeless and drawn-out improbability. The key problem is that Broder and Abrams have failed to surround their key characters with three-dimensional people, reducing them to easy stereotypical targets. What’s more, the values embodied by the fraternity and sorority system have been attacked repeatedly in the movies, starting at least as far back as Take Care of My Little Girl (1951), and the job has been done far more effectively than here.” – Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times