Chicago Sun-Times - 07/28/2002
"...A black comedy that pushes the edges of the envelope..."
Entertainment Weekly - 11/08/2002
"...Ricci's performance as a sheltered suburban blonde is pitch-perfect..."
Christina Ricci stars as Carolyn McDuffy, a picture-perfect blonde sorority princess (reminiscent of Reese Witherspoon's perky LEGALLY BLONDE co-ed, Elle Woods) enjoying her senior year at Southern California State University. Carolyn has been voted "Most Enthusiastic" by her Alpha Omega Pi sisters and the perky socialite is willing to do anything to help her sorority win the coveted Sorority of the Year award. In order to beat their longtime rivals and sorority champions, the Tri-Omegas, the Alpha Pi's pick a perfectly P.C. charity: the Challenged Games, an competition that is similar to the Special Olympics. Carolyn is assigned Pumpkin Romanoff, a sweet-natured, wheelchair-bound shot-putter who immediately falls for his beautiful coach. Pumpkin is determined to win his love's affection and will do anything (including a rigorous workout regime that frees him from his wheelchair) to win Carolyn's heart. Surprisingly, his efforts begin to pay off and slowly the perfectly coiffed sorority sister begins to fall for Pumpkin's "beautiful soul," causing a campus sensation that severely threatens her popularity and upsets her tennis champion boyfriend (Sam Ball), her WASPY mother (Lisa Banes), and Pumpkin's overprotective mother (Brenda Blethyn). This darkly comedic satire lampoons the social hierarchy of sororities with a fresh and daring edge, created by debut filmmakers Adam Larson Broder and Tony R. Abrams.