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Just, Melvin: Just Evil (2000)

An in-depth look at the director James Ronald Whitney's family history of incest spanning at least three generations and the devastating consequences that include drug abuse and alcoholism.
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An in-depth look at the director James Ronald Whitney's family history of incest spanning at least three generations and the devastating consequences that include drug abuse and alcoholism.

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Needs some distance
14 April 2004 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

What could have been an extremely powerful film is lessened by the egotistical bent of the filmmaker. There's no doubt that director James Ronald Whitney (here also credited with music, screenplay, and editing, not to mention his frequent on screen appearances) has a disturbing story to tell, but his constant cries for attention become overwhelming. Besides appearing on screen facing the camera, he's the offscreen interviewer who confronts his brutish grandfather and is seen in copious Starsearch footage taken from his days as an amateur hoofer. Add in the footage of his mother relating his IQ score, and it all becomes a bit much, which is a shame. His family deserves better.


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