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  • Actors: Jacob Sewell, Nick Sutton, Lara Tosh, Jacob Reynolds, Darby Dougherty
  • Directors: Harmony Korine
  • Producers: Cary Woods
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Eiv
  • VHS Release Date: 26 April 1999
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CX9N
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,384 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Harmony Korine, the teenage writer of the controversial 'Kids' (1996), pulls no punches again with his surreally shocking directorial debut. The tornado stricken, deadbeat town of Xena, Ohio provides the backdrop for a host of characters who range from the eccentric to the deranged: Solomon and Tummler spend their days shooting stray cats and selling them to the local supermarket; 'Bunny Boy' wanders around town sporting a rabbit-ear hat; meanwhile, Solomon's mum delights in showing her son her tap-dancing videos and serving him spaghetti in the bath.

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 6 Oct. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This is one of the major films of the 1990's, as suggested by its presence in a recent poll in Sight & Sound; some of it is very hard to watch- recalling films like Eloge de l'Amour, Festen and Happy Together. There is also a link to the imagery of Larry Clark (Teenage Lust), which is expected since Korine wrote Kids- their collaboration, this and Bully feature young topless males frequently.
Korine's debut from 1997 is as beguiling as 2000's Julien Donkey Boy- there is little like this in contemporary cinema. The story?- a tornado has occurred and left few adults- thus children run free like wild dogs in a midwestern town. It feels like a fragmented portrait, recalling Godard's Masculin-Feminin. The film generally centres of two young males (Reynolds & Sutton) who travel on BMX's through the smalltown despatching cats with guns. Sometimes the characters come together, more frequently not.
There are many iconic shots here- the opening sequence of Bunny Boy on the bridge, though he is best towards the end where, one shoe on, he pulls a Christ pose on a skateboard on stunning video. Or the wonderful scene where he is with two girls in the swimming pool as it rains and Roy Orbison's Crying plays (as good as the scene's in Lynch's Blue Velvet & Mulholland Drive that use the music of the big O). There are some quite odd homoerotic scenes- the best being the skinhead Jehovah's witness brothers fighting in a kitchen or Korine's performance as a ****ed up type with a black midget on a settee (between the world of Freaks & the failure that was Storytelling). Great to see the use of Slayer- giving it the feel of 80's classic River's Edge (can someone reissue that , please?). The Like a Prayer sequence is great also...
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By D. Hale on 11 April 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Gummo can't really be described.

The simple thing to claim would be that it is the rural version of Kids, which Korine wrote, and many of that film's preoccupations are here: bored, bleak youth, an ear for dialogue, shock... but it is so much more than that.

The plot stated above doesn't have much impact on the actual film and what happens is more about the aimless, bleak lives of Xenia's inhabitants- the very poorest and most ignored of white trash. The two boys who kill cats to sniff glue are not a central focus, the story comes from all angles and from all positions and there isn't really a protagonist or a narrator, rather a series of short scenes and vingettes that mean little on their own but go together to create a clear depiction of how these people live.

If nothing else Gummo is a set of really beautiful and striking images. A bleached, albino Chloe Sevigny licking her lips seductively and sweeping her hair back in slow motion over Everyday by Buddy Holly; a boy eating spagetti and chocolate in the bath whilst his mother washes his hair with filthy water, or Harmony Korine, the director, as a drunken kid pleading and flirting with a black dwarf.

Along with this are images of complete decay, nihilism and violence that combine to form something unsettling and disturbing. This is because of Korine's use of contrasting elements to create what he calls 'surreal realism' where the natural and odd mix together. As a result we see kids smoking pantella cigars and viciously flogging a dead cat over industrial, retching black metal or discussing Marlene Dietrich as Like A Prayer by Madonna fills the room.

Korine's refusal to fulfil expectations and make something with definite narrative or plot allows things to evolve with fluidity.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jenny J.J.I. on 2 Dec. 2007
Format: DVD
Well, what can I say, director Korine seem to want to challenge the audience to find the justification for his debut film. Following by his screenplay, Kids, which he wrote at 19, further carves out his relevance in today's cinema as one weird director. This movie without a story or seemingly without a script can form many reactions. Korine follows various characters in a backwoods town at Xenia, Ohio which was once nearly devastated by a tornado. The lives followed here include mostly adolescents and centers on two boys, Tummler (Nick Sutton) and Solomon (Jacob Reynolds). Solomon's father was killed during the Xenia tornadoes...and the film follows these boys on various destructive and self-destructive exploits that defy any cinematic validity. This is not film in most ways, it is real life. This "real life" includes glue sniffing, riding dirt bikes, sex and watching such challenging scenes as a man pimping his mentally ill wife who spends her days bedridden and dolled up like a 2-dollar hooker. At the same time we also meet two sisters, Dot (Chloë Sevigny) and Helen (Carisa Glucksman), who want to become stripper's .Then there is also a boy (Jacob Sewell) who wanders around town wearing pink bunny ears.

Korine constructed his movie as a series of vignettes depicting these characters and various others engaged in disruptive behavior. The episodes range from funny and beautiful to gratuitous and senseless. I found the cinematography of "Gummo" stark, depressing but oddly hypnotic. It's really the way that the director filmed it (scratchy montage, digital low-quality shootings), and the conversations between the two boys that make the movie compelling and fascinating to watch. . I found the performances, including that of Chloe Sevigny to be honest, authentic and sad.
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