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'Rich Hill' a poor perspective on teens mired in poverty
'Rich Hill' a poor perspective on teens mired in poverty

The documentary "Rich Hill" follows the lives of three teenage paupers among the 1,396 denizens of the eponymous Missouri town. Under-supervised in squalid homes and overmedicated for learning disabilities, Appachey West and Harley Hood curse, smoke, act out and wind up in juvie like clockwork. Reared in a semblance of a functional family, Andrew Jewell seems better adjusted yet equally unable to escape his fate. Much like "Bombay Beach," Alma Har'el's 2011 doc, "Rich Hill" can best be described as the nonfiction counterpart of the "poverty porn" exemplified by Harmony Korine's 1997 "Gummo," David Gordon Green's 2000...

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