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Gummo (1997)

Original Title : Gummo
Director : Harmony Korine
Writer : Harmony Korine
Genre : Drama
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Stephen Chin , Scott Macaulay , Robin O'Hara , Ruth Vitale , Cary Woods
Photography : Jean-Yves Escoffier
MPAA Rating : Rated R for pervasive depiction of anti-social behavior of juveniles,including violence, substance abuse,sexuality and language.
IMDB ID : 0119237
Official site : http://www.flf.com/gummo/index.html
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poster for "Gummo" by Harmony Korine (1997)
Gummo (1997) - Harmony Korine
 

Starring

Jacob Sewell Bunny Boy
Nick Sutton Tummler
Lara Tosh Girl in Car
Jacob Reynolds Solomon
Darby Dougherty Darby
Chloë Sevigny Dot
Carisa Glucksman Helen
Jason Guzak Skinhead
Casey Guzak Skinhead
Wendall Carr Huntz
James Lawhorn Cowboy
James Glass Cowboy
Ellen M. Smith Ellen
Charles Matthew Coatney Eddie
Harmony Korine Boy on Couch
Bryant L. Crenshaw Midget
Daniel Martin Jarrod
Nathan Rutherford Earl
Max Perlich Cole
Bernadette Resna Cassiday
Linda Manz Solomon's Mom
Donna Brewster Albino Woman
James David Glass Tummler's Father
Mark Gonzales Chair Wrestler
Berniece M. Duvall Grandmother
Kristi Faye Randolph Deaf Woman
William Dickinson Deaf Man
Bill Evans Bald Guy
Jeffery Baker Terry
James Baker Phelipe
Rose Shephard Woman in Bed
 

Plot

Constructing this film through random scenes, director Harmony Korine abruptly jettisoned any sort of narrative plot, so here we go: Solomon and Tummler are two bored teenage boys who live in Xenia, Ohio. A few years ago, a tornado swept through it, destroying more than half the town and killing the same amount, including Solomon's father. The film, from there, chronicles the anti-social adventures these two boys have. These include sniffing glue, killing cats, having sex, riding dirtbikes, listening to black metal, and meeting a cavalcade of quirky, bizzare, and scary people. These include a man who pimps his mentally ill wife to our anti-heroes, three sisters who play with their cat and practice becoming strippers, a gay black Jewish midget and his boyfriend, a 12-year-old gay transvestite who is also a cat killer, Solomon's mother, two foul-mouthed six-year olds, and most importantly, a nymphlike skateboarder who walks around town wearing pink rabbit ears. Xenia, Ohio, is a small poor and boring city that never fully recovered after a tornado in the 1970s. Teenager Solomon and his slightly older friend Tummler, have nothing to do but kill time, buying glue to sniff and get high. Solomon and Tummler are two teenagers killing time in Xenia, Ohio, a small town that has never recovered from the tornado that ravaged the community in the 1970s.
 

Comments

Original, but in a familiar sort of way Well... I spent a small part of my childhood not too far away from Xenia, Ohio and a large part of it in the South. I can't say I ever found myself in such a screwed up place as this one, but I know one thing -- if I did I would certainly want to go back and document it! Then I'd be perfectly happy if another tornado came by and leveled the whole place. Watching this movie was like looking at those years through some really distorted mirror and finding recognizeable nuances of personality in it. And I can't say much of that was appealing. Neither was this movie, which is not to say the characters weren't compelling, because some of them certainly were. Give me an impenetrable glass bubble and a camera and I'll take my place in this grotesque circus. I like to watch, but I don't want to get dirty. Everyone in this movie was dirty... That spaghetti scene and "I want a moustache dammit!" were worth the price of admission. I do have one suggestion, however -- it either should have been more contemporary or more distant. At first it wasn'tclear if the action was taking place shortly after the tornado or long after it. But when the albino woman mentioned Pamela Anderson, that nailed down a time period for me. It would have been more effective as a period piece (sometime in the 70s) where the audience looks back on a really messed up town, or it could have been filled with more contemporary references which places a really messed up town not too far away from where you and I live.
 
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