Movie InfoSome time after a devastating tornado has leveled their town, a group of eclectic, ennui-stricken teenagers in Xenia, Ohio pass their days by riding their bikes, playing practical jokes, sniffing glue and paying for sex with a friend's sister.
- R (For pervasive depiction of anti-social behavior of juveniles, including violence, substance abuse, sexuality, and language)
- Drama , Art House & International , Special Interest
- Directed By:
- Harmony Korine
- Written By:
- Harmony Korine
- In Theaters:
- Oct 17, 1997 Wide
- On DVD:
- Mar 20, 2001
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Critic Reviews for Gummo
Enfant terrible Harmony Korine makes a bizarre, idiosyncratic directing debut with his uncompromising look at youth alientaion in Middle-America, whose downbeat tone and off-putting imagery should appeal to small minority of viewers.
C'mon, Harmony. Mano a boyo. What are you really trying to prove here?
Problematic, troubling, dangerous even, but breathtakingly original, and absolutely true to the times. The cutting edge doesn't get any sharper than this.
In real life, this town was devastated by a tornado 20 years ago. According to Korine's version of things, it never recovered.
No conceivable competition [this year] will match the sourness, cynicism and pretension of Korine's debut feature.
Korine's objective is so narrow and mean, and his viewpoint so colored by smug, adolescent condescension, that Gummo comes off like a mean-spirited prank.
A glue-sniffer's reverie and an aestheticized episode of Beavis & Butthead, explicitly and bracingly set up as an act of cinematic vandalism
Gummo aims to be provocatively anti-everything: anti-Christian, anti-feline, non-narrative, unpolished, visually dyslexic, and imaginatively off-putting.
It's bleak, brutal and redeemed only by Reynolds's outstanding performance.
Korine is the Jerry Springer of this world. He doesn't judge his subjects, he can still identify with them.
Like watching life on the surface of an alien planet
Enter Harmony Korine's directorial debut: new trends in discouraging filmmaking.
Its an underground wonder.
Probably the vilest waste of 2 hours of my life.
revels in the filth and squalor of the worst variations of human existence, without giving any true insight or understanding about the predicaments of its pathetic character
If not the single worst film of the decade, at least the worst of the year -- and I saw Tarzan and the Lost City.
Audience Reviews for Gummo
A disjointed, pointless and depressing exercise in nihilism, with Korine just throwing together random scenes to show the filth of the white trash. But all that he manages to do is make us feel sick at following the loathsome lives of a bunch of repulsive characters.More
A largely plotless, impressionistic and depressing tour of the hopeless white trash residents of Xenia, OH. A lot like what would result if someone took home videos of that embarassing welfare-addicted branch of the family no one likes to talk about and mixed them in a blender with experimental shorts from film school; it's sometimes interesting, more frequently incoherent and annoying.More
'Gummo' is a very strange little film. Its documentary realism is rather captivating, the bizarre people we see appear to be completely real.
There's no plot to speak of, its just an insight into underclass America. The filthy circumstances these people live in will make you cringe, as will their moronic forms of socialising, which includes cheered-on chair smashing.
The film is certainly laced with pretension, and there are pointless scenes that just reek of 'art-house'. I can understand why some people wouldn't like it; it's non-linear, quirky narrative is very likely to polarise audiences. However, I found the veritable aberrance of the film undeniably interesting.
While 'Gummo' isn't that good, its candid realism makes its uneventful narrative quite engrossing; it may well be the most peculiar film you ever see.
With the mix of surrealism and realism, Harmony's vision about the "white trash", boring and strange lifes is unique and for me one of the most importants American movies from the 90's. Gummo is a disturbing portrait, showing to the audience a great acting by Jacob Reynolds. Fresh.More
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