Gummo

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Released 1997

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Gummo

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Director:
Harmony Korine
Released:
1997
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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.

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  • 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.

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    Drama

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    90s, Independent, Psychological, Dark Comedy