MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 12,137 this week

Dancing Outlaw II: Jesco Goes to Hollywood (1999)

 -  Documentary | Short
5.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.8/10 from 129 users  
Reviews: 8 user | 1 critic

Add a Plot

Director:

Writer:

(by)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 2698 titles
created 27 Aug 2011
 
Own
a list of 407 titles
created 03 Sep 2011
 
a list of 366 titles
created 28 Jan 2012
 
a list of 21 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 24 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Dancing Outlaw II: Jesco Goes to Hollywood (1999)

Dancing Outlaw II: Jesco Goes to Hollywood (1999) on IMDb 5.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Dancing Outlaw II: Jesco Goes to Hollywood.
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Jesco White
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

independent film

Genres:

Documentary | Short

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

References Roseanne: I Pray the Lord My Stove to Keep (1994) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Short But Bittersweet
30 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

This follow-up to "Dancing Outlaw" feels far more unnatural than the original, but it's just as fascinating. The short documentary follows West Virginia dance whiz Jesco to Hollywood, where he's booked to perform on the TV show "Roseanne."

Most of the scenes depicting Jesco in his native Boone County are blatantly staged. This seems a bit tacky at first considering that the strength of the first "Dancing Outlaw" was the fact it approached Jesco on his own terms.

But the 'sanitized' depiction of Jesco ends abruptly once Jesco arrives on the sets of "Roseanne." Roseanne Barr and Tom Arnold had been charmed by the first documentary and thought Jesco would be perfect for a 'white trash/hick' show segment. At the time the episode filmed, her relationship with Tom Arnold was disintegrating. The venom exchanged between Roseanne and Tom on the sets is often excruciating to watch.

Roseanne, already in a heated spat with Arnold, flies into a rage when she sees Jesco's prison-styled swastika tattoo. The couple takes public swipes at each other, now using Jesco as a scapegoat for what were obviously pre-existing problems. Oddly, the only person who carries himself with dignity is Jesco.

In the end, Hollywood can adore The Dancing Outlaw as a cult hero from afar, but they can't accept Jesco on his own terms -- which was the whole point of the first documentary. In a land of glitter and not gold, Jesco is just too real even for those who embrace controversy.






3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Contribute to This Page