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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
Oct 17, 1997 Wide
Mar 20, 2001
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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.
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.
If not the single worst film of the decade, at least the worst of the year -- and I saw Tarzan and the Lost City.
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