Gummo (1997)

gummoGummo (1997)

Directed by: Harmony Korine

Starring: Nick Sutton, Jacob Sewell, Lara Tosh


For the third entry into my “crazy recluses” challenge, I got to watch Gummo, and I’m not really sure why it was included in this list. Nobody’s really a recluse, and nobody’s really crazy. Really, nothing actually happens at all in this movie and I have a sneaky suspicion its inclusion in this list is just a way to get me to watch more shitty art movies which I absolutely fucking hate. Thanks a lot IAN.

Most of the film is faux found footage about a bunch of “normal” people in the south somewhere, but what could be considered the main plot is about two kids who kill cats and sell the meat to a local butcher. They find out there’s some competition in the cat meat market and go after the other kid, unplug his grandma from a life support machine, then go back to killing cats. This is interspersed with random shots of random things, none of which are interesting or matter in any way.

I honestly don’t understand the appeal of arthouse movies like this. The best guess I have is that it appeals to people’s desire to be different; if you like a movie that’s a bunch of random shit thrown together with slow piano music over it, you can feel different and superior to those who don’t “get it”. Is that all it is? Because if so, that’s fine, everybody has something like that. It’s just part of the human condition to want to be special in some way, and if you choose to have shitty weird movies as your thing than that’s just fine. Just fucking leave me out of it.


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