Grace Randolph Reviews Hillbilly Elegy

Based on the memoirs of the same name written by J.D. Vance, Hillbilly Elegy (2020) follows the story of a young Yale law student as he returns to his hometown in Ohio and reflects on his family and his future. The Netflix film is directed by Ron Howard and screenplay written by Vanessa Taylor. The film stars Amy Adams, Glenn Close, Haley Bennett, Gabriel Basso and Freida Pinto. YouTuber Grace Randolph from her channel Beyond The Trailer shares her thoughts on the Netflix drama.

The thing about Hillbilly Elegy, is the script. And what a disservice it does to the female characters. It’s so bad in its depiction of women, it’s shocking. Vanessa Taylor did not do what she was hired to do.

A highly offensive and unwatchable film describes Randolph who finds the script writing as the biggest flaw. The YouTuber does note the film purposefully hired a female writer to create more accurate portrayals of the female leads in the film; however, despite her efforts, the script fails to create a better understanding of the people who live in the Appalachian region of the county or “middle America” and paints this stereotypical image of them as angry and heartless.

The YouTuber stresses how in today’s climate, the media insists on trying to tell different and unique stories of America and yet fails to do so in an accurate and respectable manner, especially with this film.

The film strips all of the emotion and reality of what is really happening to these characters and instead presents a “twisted offense Hallmark movie with absolutely no teeth,” says Randolph.

YouTuber Grace Randolph from Beyond The Trailer, rates and reviews new movies and TV shows on her channel weekly.