The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia

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Drop in for a visit with one of West Virginia's most notorious families in this audacious documentary from director Julien Nitzberg and executive producers Johnny Knoxville and Jeff Tremaine. In 1991, Jesco White became a rebel icon with the release of Jacob Young's cult documentary The Dancing Outlaw. Eight years later, young returned with Dancing Outlaw II: Jesco Goes to Hollywood. Then, in 2009, Jesco's story came to the big screen in director Dominic Murphy's award-winning indie biopic White Lightnin'. In this documentary, fans of the charismatic, unpredictable mountain man get to spend some quality time with his kinfolk, and discover just what it is about the Whites that make them one of the most reviled families in all of West Virginia.

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Audience Reviews for The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia

  • Apr 13, 2013
    "A Portrait of America's Last Outlaw Family" The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia is a documentary that focuses on one family living in Boone County, West Virginia. The family is well-known in West Virginia for being rowdy party-ers that will occasionally do some incredibly crazy shit. Their loved by some in the community, mostly those who have a similar life to them, and hated by many, especially law enforcement. The family has been involved in just about every type of crime you can think of, and for generations at that; and it isn't stopping any time soon.  I liked the documentary because I love seeing true life stories about people who just don't give a fuck, and that explains the White's to a tee. They don't give a fuck. They're going to sell drugs, take drugs, get drunk, tap dance to some mountain music, and if you look at them wrong, you're going to get fucked up. The film takes a look into the life of just about everyone who is still living in the family, and every one of them is just as crazy as the last, yet I still found a good level of respect for them.  Obviously some in the family wouldn't be thrown into this category because of the violent things they have done, but for the most part the family is a bunch of people who love to party and hate authority. Basically they are just living their lives and saying fuck you to anyone that doesn't like it. How can I not respect that? The only problem I see with them is the parenting, but they're just raising them to be outlaws too, so who gives a fuck, right? Overall, this is a decent documentary. I don't believe it was extremely well-made though. I had some problems with the documentary from technical levels, but the story of the White's is too damn compelling to not like. 
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 12, 2012
    Given the adolescent obnoxiousness of its production team (the "Jackass" crew), this documentary is surprisingly solid and credible. Snide voyeurs who just want to hardy-har at dopey, inbred rednecks may miss appreciating a genuine look at a rarely seen pocket of American subculture.
    Eric B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 06, 2011
    What an excruciatingly entertaining mess of craziness. The Whites are so unbelievably fucked up that they're actually charming.
    Nay Nay B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 07, 2011
    This documentary doesn't make the Whites likable or you feel for them, it just explains who they are and what made this family the way they are. You won't really see anyone normal here, and it's also giving you a window into how their children are going to be like their parents. And so the cycle continues. The way the backstory was inserted kept the story interesting. It's a well done documentary about a wild ass family. It's almost unbelievable. It's extremely entertaining. The Wild And Wonderful Whites is a doc that deserves to be watched. Enjoy.
    Jason C Super Reviewer

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