Gummo

1997

Gummo (1997)

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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.

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All Critics (36) | 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.

Apr 28, 2008
Variety
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C'mon, Harmony. Mano a boyo. What are you really trying to prove here?

Apr 28, 2008 | Full Review…
CNN.com
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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.

Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
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In real life, this town was devastated by a tornado 20 years ago. According to Korine's version of things, it never recovered.

Apr 12, 2002 | Rating: 1/4

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.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

No conceivable competition [this year] will match the sourness, cynicism and pretension of Korine's debut feature.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 1/5

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Daniel J DeMersseman
Daniel J DeMersseman

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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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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½

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
Greg S

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'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

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