Pause for kids 16 & under
Black comedy about disability full of profanity, sex.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pumpkin is a black comedy that aims to satirize Greek life by showing its characters as hopelessly conformist, shallow, self-serving, and oblivious to the suffering or setbacks of others. The premise involves a sorority girl falling in love with a teenaged boy with physical and intellectual disabilities. Though the movie aims to subvert stereotypes, it does so through profanity (including "f--k"), sexuality (including topless women having sex), crassness, and a grab bag of political incorrectness that insults ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, and gender. Best for mature teens who can separate the underlying messages from the caricature in which they are presented.
- Does the film portray developmental disability accurately? How or how not? Why do you think the filmmakers chose to present disability in this way?
- Does the relationship between Carolyn and Pumpkin seem likely -- that a boy in a wheelchair could be inspired by a pretty girl to get out of a wheelchair and start walking and playing sports?
- Does the film's attempt at satirizing the more conformity-minded among us work? Why or why not? Does the film inadvertently reinforce the very messages it aims to undo? Why or why not?