Released 1997


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Harmony Korine
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Gummo is an indie 1997 drama about the nihilistic teen residents of a small Ohio town. Twenty years after a tornado ripped through the town of Xenia, the place remains a wasteland of bored youth and hopeless adults. The film captures the characters in their everyday lives. Solomon (Jacob Reynolds) and his best friend Tummler (Nick Sutton) sell dead cats for use at a local Chinese restaurant. They also like to sniff glue and vandalize the area. When Solomon heads home, his mother (Linda Manz) either holds a gun to his head or forces him to tap dance. Bunny Boy (Jacob Sewell) spends his time skating around the streets wearing pink ears. Sisters Dot (Chloe Sevigny) and Helen (Carisa Bara) chase boys. The local pimp, Cole (Max Perlich), sells the services of a mentally challenged girl. Director Harmony Korine paints a bleak picture of American small-town life with a series of episodes of these sad characters.

Metacritic Score

  • 50

    Chicago Sun-Times

    The sideshows in Gummo offer no particular form -- or even formlessness -- despite the visual momentum created by Jean Yves Escoffier's arresting camera work. [6 March 1998, p.40]

  • 50

    San Francisco Chronicle Edward Guthmann

    It's an interesting technique -- the blurring of reality and "movies" -- but Korine's objective is so narrow and mean, and his viewpoint so colored by smug, adolescent condescensio...

  • 0

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    There's no artistic or thematic point — except maybe to demonstrate that a young filmmaker is as much in need of someone to say no as the characters in this disingenuous exercise.

  • The Ultimate Movie Review! -- @tss5078

    I have seen some strange things, but Gummo really takes the cake. This is a film that has no plot, simply following the lives of redneck children, as they kill cats to sell to the butcher, use duct tape to make their nipples bigger, and play the accordion while on the toilet. Somehow this film has gained a cult following and there are some people out there who will tell you they love this film. I can see how some of the scenes could be funny, but as a film, Gummo is nothing but one big stereotype, that doesn't follow any kind of storyline at all. Even more bizarre than the film, is the cast of kids, who seemingly came from nowhere. Jacob Sewell plays the bunny boy and literally walks around the entire time with nothing on but a pair of shorts and a pair of pink bunny ears, hardly saying a word. The other main actor is Nick Sutton, who has got to be the strangest looking person I've ever seen. He at least has some lines, but I really could have done without seeing the 13 year old actor getting a bath from his mother, while scarfing down food in the bathtub. Honestly, I don't know how a studio even agrees to make something like this. To me, Gummo has no artistic value whatsoever, and I suspect one would have to be on drugs to fully comprehend everything that is going on. Some weirdness comes off well for it's artistic value, but even those films have some kind of a plot that you can follow, Gummo has none of that and really offers very little that anyone can follow or even relate to.moreless

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90s, Independent, Psychological, Dark Comedy