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Want to watch more films like Hillbilly Elegy? Try these movies about rural American life. –

Rural America on film, from Appalachia to the Ozarks, coal miners to sharecroppers.



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Lets not mince words: Netflixs new Oscar-bait Hillbilly Elegy is not the ode to vanishing rural American life it seems to want to be. In the name of presenting an empathetic view of the Appalachian community where its set, Ron Howards film, based on the bestselling memoir by lawyer J.D. Vance, dredges up a litany of cringe-y tropes and stereotypes about poverty, drug use, classism, and fading small-town America. Outside of a few pointed shots of bricked-up buildings and storefronts with peeling…

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