The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia
A documentary about the White family of Boone County, West Virginia. The 1991 documentary The Dancing Outlaw focused on Jesco White, a famous mountain dancer. This film focuses on the other members of his family.
This was an excellent film, and a terrible documentary. It's a crazy ride, one hilarious moment hot on the tail of the last. Almost everyone I know would be highly entertained. Then there's the soundtrack - Hank III, G.G. Allin and Earth - who came up with combinations like this? Better question, who the hell made it work so well? And the short clips of clogging are just great. I love clogging - I liked doing it as a child and I love watching it now. Fun, fun movie.
Now the bad part. The documentarians distracted themselves with the legend of this crazy family to the point that they forgot these are human beings, and that freak shows aren't acceptable…
I was told this documentary was about the craziest, law-ignorning hillbillies I'd ever see. However, I grew up in a council town in Fife. I saw a lot worse on a daily basis. Sure, none of the families I knew ever went on a gun-rampage, but other than one blacksheep in the White's they seemed relatively tame compared to some of the neds I used to know. The craziest thing the majority seem to do is tap-dance to some bad-ass mountain music. Oh, and keep a tattoo needle in the house to misspell the latest illegitimate's childs name to a family members skin while high on xanax.
Still highly entertaining, especially when they start stealing each others boyfriends, downing litres of vodka and flashing their pendulous titties at a bemused Knoxville. Uncle Jesco is a true star, an artists and a street philosopher, but as his nephew points out, that need to entertain will kill him.
It's like trashy reality show, only a movie!
Wow this was exactly what I was hoping for! It's basically like real life Trailer Park Boys, except darker. This family is insane. Very well made flick. I would love to party with them some day.
Winter's Bone does its best for a kind of grimness–no glorious vistas, no stylized violence–but in addition to its noir trappings it’s steeped in the mythology of Appalachian trash culture. I think Debra Granik’s aiming for dirty real, but even with a coat of grime and a rusted stationwagon in the yard the film’s got a romanticized (capital-T Tragic, but still romanticized) vision of the folks in the hills. The documentary The Wild and Wonderful Whites taps its toes to that rhythm, but then joyously flips the bird and seems to celebrate the raucous anarchy of its family of (often-doomed, never dull) protagonists, and then it steps again to the side and ignores Hank Williams III (who’s on the soundtrack…
I decided to watch this after hearing so many people say how funny and goofy these hillbillies are. And that totally dismisses the emotion and earnestness and interesting cultural insights the film has to offer.
But, it is pretty funny when that kid threatens to shoot his mom's boyfriend's nuts off.
The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia couldn't be further from Collapse, but it's as entertaining a documentary as you're likely to see all year. In order to explain this film a little back story is in order. Donald Ray White, patriarch of the White family, was considered one of the greatest mountain dancers in the United States. On his way across the country to put the finishing touches on a film he was making "D-Ray" was killed in a shootout. D-Ray passed down his dancing prowess to his four sons, but after losing two of his brothers to natural selection and another made a break for Minnesota Jesco White became the sole remaining heir to the Appalachian tap…
Awesome documentary. I can watch this over and over again.
Found this DVD in my gotdamn place & I didn't even know I had it.
WINTER'S BONE has ruined all other white-trash movies for me. As adorable as it was watching them fuck up, they're still a bunch of drug-devouring hillbilly psychos!
Johnny Knoxville produced this latest chapter in the continuing saga of Jesco White, "mountain dancer" and general ne'er-do-well from Boone County, West Virginia. This film showcases more of Jesco's fantastic hillbilly relatives (he is one of at least 13 children) and their spawn. Some are dead. Some are incarcerated. Sadly some of the relatives featured in the "Dancing Outlaw" have shuffled off this mortal coil (for example, Jesco's brother Dorsey shot himself on accident...in the head; his wife Norma Jean passed away in 2008). We get to watch his family snort coke together, smoke out together, get out of prison, it's like "Ozzie and Harriet", if Ozzie and Harriet smoked crack with David and Ricky. Those family members featured are…
A train wreck of a family that is equal parts horrifying, amusing, and sad. It's a freak show but less judgemental than you might expect.
A fairly mesmerizing documentary about a jaw-droppingly dysfunctional hillbilly family. I'd give this a higher rating but I just got tired of watching these people. I'd had enough at about the halfway point. But it truly is worth a watch.
A guilty pleasure. Tapdancing hillbillies? What more do you need!
Overweight, loveless, wood paneling, empty parking lots, basements, loners, madness, sadness, isolation, depression, fantasy, eccentric, filth, sleaze...
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