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Gummo (1997)

Cast: Jacob Reynolds, Jacob Reynolds, Nick Sutton, more...
Director: Harmony Korine, Harmony Korine
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Studio: New Line Home Video
Genre: Cult, Independent, Experimental/Avant-Garde
Running Time: 95 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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In this elliptical ensemble piece, which marks the directorial debut of indie bad boy Harmony Korine, the teens of tornado-scarred Xenia, OH, kill cats, tape their boobies, arm-wrestle, bathe, cross-dress, huff glue, avoid perverts, pay to have sex with retarded girls, lift makeshift dumbbells to the strains of Madonna's "Like a Prayer," fight, cuss, shave their eyebrows, undergo cancer treatment, euthanize senior citizens, and pee on passing cars. A hallucinatory barrage of images and scenarios with little in the way of traditional plot, Gummo has been variously described as a surrealist joke, a visual poem, and a worm's-eye view of white-trash suffering. The main characters include Solomon (Jacob Reynolds), who sells cat carcasses to a middleman who procures them for use at a local Chinese restaurant; his mother (Linda Manz), who teaches him to tap dance while reminiscing about her dead husband; Tummler (Nick Sutton), a mullet-haired local sex symbol; a midget (Bryant L. Crenshaw); a pair of boy-crazy, bleach-blond sisters named Dot (Chloe Sevigny) and Helen (Carisa Bara); a slut with a lump in her breast (Lara Tosh); a group of drunken louts; and Bunny Boy (Jacob Sewell), who wanders the town enigmatically in a pair of long pink ears. In between scenes of these characters enacting their bizarre routines, Korine intersperses impressionistic and quasi-documentary scenes with voice-over narration that ranges from incest memoirs to arty dialogue along the lines of "He's got what it takes to be a legend: He's got a marvelous persona." Shot just outside Nashville, TN, Gummo includes costume designs by Korine's then-girlfriend, Chloe Sevigny, who also plays Dot and who previously starred in the Korine-scipted, Larry Clark-directed Kids. Jacob Reynolds would go on to appear in Getting to Know You, though few of the director's other discoveries have appeared on film since. ~ Brian J. Dillard, All Movie Guide

Special Features:

  • Animated Photo Gallery with commentary by Director Harmony Korine
  • Cast and Crew Filmographies

GreenCine Member Reviews

Best movie ever! by dJoe March 11, 2013 - 5:03 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Seriously, best movie ever. Fighting jehova witness bros, chair wrestling, albino low riders, kids huffing glue, the fun never ends. With that said, the mother son tapping scene touched my heart.

tried too hard... by LCortez April 5, 2006 - 3:32 PM PDT
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
This is a extreamlly hard movie to watch. While i loved Kids, this movie is not the directors best. It's has some "shocking" moments, but if you throw an hour of shocking moments together with no HINT of a plot, you can't call that a movie. So sadly, I'm gonna have to poo-poo this movie. And I hate doing that.

Painful experience by jasongriff August 29, 2005 - 1:52 PM PDT
1 out of 6 members found this review helpful
This movie was truly, completely awful. I watched this along with half a dozen friends, and not one of us could determine was the plot or even the point of this movie was. I guess none of us can appriciate or savour a five minute segment where a family of white trash goes all World Wrestling Entertainment on a cheap dining room chair. Or watching a kid eat spaghetti while taking a bath (the scene is much, much worse than just that). Or any of the other acts of complete stupidity that follow. Read the Movie Synopsis above but remove all of the intellectual justifications of wierdness and that's basically what the movie is about. There's no "arty dialogue" to be found unless you're HEAVILY medicated. I rated this a one not out of spite or anti-artistic reasons, but because this is a truly painful piece of junk. Forced screenings of this in prison would solve America's crime problem instantly. "Rob that liquor store? No way! If I got caught, it'd be Gummo again!"

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