Vernon, Florida


Vernon, Florida

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For his second documentary feature, Errol Morris originally set out to chronicle Vernon, FL, because it had the highest rate of a particular sort of insurance fraud -- dismemberment performed for profit -- than any other place in the country. Nothing of that original idea survives in the film itself. Instead, Morris seems perfectly content letting the camera roll in front of the other eccentrics he found there, using his trademark approach of simply letting his subjects do the talking themselves. Many of them exhibit unusually close relationships to animals, including a turtle keeper, a worm farmer, and most memorably, an extremely enthusiastic turkey hunter. Other highlights include a sermon offering a close reading on the significance of the word "therefore" and a couple with a jar of sand from White Sands, NM, that they insist, thanks to radiation, has begun to multiply.

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  • Jan 25, 2019
    As an almost follow-up to the strangely appealing Gates of Heaven, this is a simple documentary that does have its moments and yet seems a lot more interested in mocking its eccentric subjects than having anything really interesting to say about their mundane lives and experiences.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 22, 2011
    While I love Morris, this is not one of his most impressive documentaries. While it does feature an oddly fascinating cast of characters, it could have used a bit more focus. Something to tie these disparate subjects together. Again, Morris does not mock his interviewees. True to it's name, this film is about the lives of the inhabitants of Vernon Florida. Although it may not be as enthralling as the Thin Blue Line or the Fog of War, it is still definitely worth checking out.
    Reid V Super Reviewer
  • Mar 22, 2010
    Engrossing and endearing.
    Robert F Super Reviewer
  • Sep 17, 2007
    Another interesting human subject study by Morris.
    Wu C Super Reviewer

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