Having had some time to spare last night I watched The Wild & Wonderful Whites of West Virginia, not really expecting much. Boy, do yourself a favor and don’t watch the trailer, which is making the film look much more sensational and exploitative than it actually is. I’m sure that it was cut that way for marketing reasons, but it really does the film a disservice. It’s a great portrait of a family that, despite one of them, Jesco White, being a world-famous mountain dancer known as the “Dancing Outlaw“, exists at the bottom of American society in a half-world of drugs, domestic abuse, honky-tonks and casual violence. While there is much potential for exploitation, the film makers manage to show all family members in their humanity and dignity and this film will have you laughing, gasping, and crying — all within its 90 minutes.
Just don’t watch the trailer, go ahead and rent it!