Perky, perfect Carolyn (Christina Ricci) and her Alpha Omega Pi sisters plan to win Sorority of the Year by impressing the Greek Council with a killer charity: coaching mentally challenged athletes for the regional Challenged Games.
When Carolyn’s assigned to coach Pumpkin (Hank Harris) she’s terrified at first, but 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 (Brenda Blethyn), Carolyn falls in love, becoming an outcast in the process.
As Carolyn’s “perfect life” falls apart, Pumpkin teaches her that perfect isn’t always perfect after all. –MGM
PUMPKIN is in a rare class of films that fails on nearly every single level for the first 99% of their running time, only to deliver such an unexpected, brilliant closing minute that almost makes the tedium of sitting through the proceeding–in this case 112–minutes a worthy sacrifice. Almost.