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Gummo
Gummo
Actors: Nick Sutton, Jacob Sewell, Lara Tosh, Jacob Reynolds, Darby Dougherty
Director: Harmony Korine
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama
R     2001     1hr 29min

From Harmony Korine, screenwriter of Kids, comes a haunting portrait of life in small-town America. Through a collection of dreamlike and devastating images, Korine offers a glimpse of Xenia, Ohio, a world existing in the ...  more »

     

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Actors: Nick Sutton, Jacob Sewell, Lara Tosh, Jacob Reynolds, Darby Dougherty
Director: Harmony Korine
Creators: Jean-Yves Escoffier, Harmony Korine, Cary Woods, Robin O'Hara, Ruth Vitale, Scott Macaulay, Stephen Chin
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama
Studio: New Line Home Video
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 03/20/2001
Original Release Date: 10/17/1997
Theatrical Release Date: 10/17/1997
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 1hr 29min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 22
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Steve A. (Cenobite) from GRANITE BAY, CA
Reviewed on 7/31/2008...
A good amount of the "cast" in this movie are real people and this is a real town. A lot of the film is loosely scripted. A very odd look into the lives of some very odd characters. It's kinda scary that people are really like this but I love it all the same. With hurricane Katrina and things of that nature going on it's kinda scary how messed up a community could become due to the government turning it's back on them. One of my favorite movies. Not for the faint of heart (or stomach) or those without an open mind.
Jeff V. (burielofmel) from HARRIMAN, TN
Reviewed on 5/10/2008...
Man, it seems like this town is real. Except for a couple of places there doesn't seem to be a script but I'm sure there was. I've actually lived in a place in Ohio where the people acted a lot like these people. I even lived next door to some asshole teenager that killed cats like the two kids in this movie. It's very realistic. They seem like depressingly real people. My favorite scene in the movie is where two elementary school age kids are dressed as cowboys with cap guns and they're playing in the junkyard. These little kids are talking about how much they hate cops and they're talking about the reason the cops hate them so much is because they get more P***Y than the cops do. These kids are like in the second or third grade probably. This is followed by a scene with a kid wearing rabbit ears. That scene in the junkyard with the rabbit kid and the two cap gun kids is my favorite scene in the movie. This is much better, in my opinion, than the more famous KIDS which was made by the same guy. I also noticed that the characters wear old school 80s heavy metal shirts. I'm not sure but I think it may have been stuff like Def Leppard and Krokus. There are scenes where the killing of cats looks real but I read that it wasn't.
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Movie Reviews

Like nothing you've ever seen on TV
John M Flora | Brookland, AR United States | 05/27/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Director Harmony Korine may or may not be the latest "enfant terrible," but he's certainly given us something to think about with "Gummo." He's given us about 90 minutes of in-your-face immersion into a culture that most of us only glimpse in "Cops" and other "reality" programs that deal with the hopeless, hapless people who make up the bottom strata of White America.
We suddenly find ourselves immersed in a culture where single moms huff glue with their teenage sons and their buddies and where boys hunt neighborhood cats with BB guns and sell the carcasses to a guy who supplies meat to Chinese restaurants. As the story develops, we learn the boys spend their cat money on glue and the services of a young prostitute who looks like Anna Nicole Smith with a lobotomy.
This movie is like a train wreck - at once horrifying and mesmerizing.
I disagree with an earlier reviewer who saw "Gummo" as an outrageous piece of elitism.
I think that charge misses the point. This is not some arrogant exposé of the quaint ways of the poor, it's a 90-minute tour of the self-perpetuating Culture of Stupidity that can be found on the fringes of every city and town in America. These are people who turn bad choices into a way of life because that's what their parents did and their parents before them. Yes, Korine packs the screen with enough geeks and freaks to populate a dozen circus sideshows, but his point is well taken. This is a strata of society that Hollywood ignores, except for the occasional cameo role in films like "Deliverance." It's a vision of a reality that we recognize instantly from our day-to-day experience, but which is carefully filtered out of the mass media.
Whether Korine has talent or promise in any convential sense of the words remains to be seen, but he's created a unique film that is destined to become a cult classic.
But, as an earlier reviewer noted, this is not a suitable date night substitute for "Casablanca" or "The Sound of Music.""
There's something about Gummo...
Grigory's Girl | NYC | 06/15/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"If you describe this film to people, and tell them you like it, they'll think you're insane and disturbed. It's a documentary/collage like film about white trash. Some advertisements for the film have tried to portray it as a comedy, but it isn't. It's mostly vignettes from the town of Xenia, Ohio, where white trash and their values reign supreme. Cat killers (no cats were actually harmed), paying for sex with mentally handicapped people, white trash beating up chairs, and paint huffing are some of the attractions you'll see here. But Korine edits and films it in, dare I say, an artistic and interesting way. There is something going on here. This was an independent movie, but most indie movies are just quirky films that aren't that different than what mainstream Hollywood gives us. This is a real independent film. Korine films in 8mm, video, 16mm, and 35mm. He doesn't seem interested in crossover appeal with his work. He captures the despair and nihilism of these white trash denziens. And some of the images stick in your mind, like the kid taking a bath at the end eating spaghetti in a filthy tub. Korine has made only 2 features, but they are both certainly worth watching, and quite beautiful, in their own, strange way. This is a very good film....


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Inspiring...the punk rock of movies
E. Levine | 04/07/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you're adventurous in your movie watching you'll at least respect Gummo and you might even come out truly inspired. I've never seen a more original film. Godard, Bunuel, Peter Greenaway and a few others have probably done some things that were just as original but not more so. But that's not to say it's some dull art film that you have to research to understand. Far from it. Gummo is a punch in the face. It's about real people and real life. Kids do sniff glue and kill cats and rednecks do tear stuff up when they get wasted. They always have. I'm almost 30 and they certainly did in the 70s when I was a kid. Gummo takes realism to whole new level but it's not just a nihilistic rant. It's a sort of collage of rural, white lower-class survival. Of course it's not all pretty, and a lot of it maybe just a little too ugly for some, but there is beauty too. And I think the real beauty is that nobody's dreaming of a better life. People go around dreaming of a better life all day in Hollywood movies. In real life, most people try to make money so they can eat and have a little fun. They dream on the side.Gummo is the film American Beauty wished it could have been."