Gummo (1997)




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Movie Info

Some 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.

Rating: R (For pervasive depiction of anti-social behavior of juveniles, including violence, substance abuse, sexuality, and language)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Harmony Korine
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 20, 2001



as Solomon

as Tummler

as Bunny Boy

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Critic Reviews for Gummo

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (8)

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.

Full Review… | April 28, 2008
Top Critic

C'mon, Harmony. Mano a boyo. What are you really trying to prove here?

Full Review… | April 28, 2008
Top Critic

Problematic, troubling, dangerous even, but breathtakingly original, and absolutely true to the times. The cutting edge doesn't get any sharper than this.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

In real life, this town was devastated by a tornado 20 years ago. According to Korine's version of things, it never recovered.

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

A glue-sniffer's reverie and an aestheticized episode of Beavis & Butthead, explicitly and bracingly set up as an act of cinematic vandalism

Full Review… | February 7, 2010

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.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


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.

Greg S

Super Reviewer

'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.

Jack Hawkins
Jack Hawkins

Super Reviewer

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