We are not movie critics, but we grew up in Appalachia and have worked throughout and studied the inequalities of the region.
You will not hear about the environmental devastation of the region, including undrinkable tap water.
“Hillbilly Elegy” doesn’t recognize families’ efforts for survival by learning how to stretch meager food stamps and unstable paychecks as they continually search for better jobs.
In the end, “Hillbilly Elegy” sells the many stereotypes of Appalachian poverty as heartbreakingly true behind the age-old trope of lifting yourself up by your bootstraps.
You get an amalgamation of the Hatfields and McCoys, the Clampetts, and all of their poor White friends living in ramshackle houses in the Appalachian Mountains and foothills.