GummoDirector: Harmony Korine
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 with little in the way of traditional plot, Gummo has been variously described as a surrealist joke, a visual poem, and a worm's-eye view of white-trash suffering. The main characters include Solomon (Jacob Reynolds), who sells cat carcasses to a middleman who procures them for use at a local Chinese restaurant; his mother (Linda Manz), who teaches him to tap dance while reminiscing about her dead husband; Tummler (Nick Sutton), a mullet-haired local sex symbol; a midget (Bryant L. Crenshaw); a pair of boy-crazy, bleach-blond sisters named Dot (Chloe Sevigny) and Helen (Carisa Bara); a slut with a lump in her breast (Lara Tosh); a group of drunken louts; and Bunny Boy (Jacob Sewell), who wanders the town enigmatically in a pair of long pink ears. In between scenes of these characters enacting their bizarre routines, Korine intersperses impressionistic and quasi-documentary scenes with voice-over narration that ranges from incest memoirs to arty dialogue along the lines of "He's got what it takes to be a legend: He's got a marvelous persona." Shot just outside Nashville, TN, Gummo includes costume designs by Korine's then-girlfriend, Chloe Sevigny, who also plays Dot and who previously starred in the Korine-scipted, Larry Clark-directed Kids. Jacob Reynolds would go on to appear in Getting to Know You, though few of the director's other discoveries have appeared on film since.
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- Warner Archives
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Cast & Crew
|Jacob Sewell||Bunny Boy|
|Linda Manz||Solomon's Mom|
|Steven Borne||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Stephen Chin||Executive Producer|
|David Doernberg||Production Designer|
|Randy Fletcher||Asst. Director|
|Randall Poster||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Chloë Sevigny||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Amy Beth Silver||Art Director|
|Ruth Vitale||Executive Producer|
|Melissa Zaroff||Sound Editor|
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I loved this movie. It had no real plot but it was about a couple of kids just hanging out with lots of time on their hands. Bunny Boy is the best character, he shows passion and comedy without being to stuck up. He is also really really hot!!
This is the freakiest film I've seen in years. I haven't watched it for a while, but I have vivid memories of the whacked out, amoral characters and their white bread pallor. Seeing a bunch of drunk guys wrestling a chair for fun, watching someone sell dead cats for glue, and listening to the great soundtrack....it's like the times in the summer as a kid when you knew you were doing wrong...but it was too much fun to care. A long heat hazy, fly buzzing ride through a damaged and bizzare community, this is an essential film.
fantastic movie...very original.