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America's Most Hated Family in Crisis (2011)

Louis Theroux: The Most Hated Family in America in Crisis (original title)
Louis returns to the Phelps family to find that several members have left the cult, and that they are being sued.

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Emma Cooper

Writer:

Louis Theroux
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Cast

Credited cast:
Louis Theroux ... Himself - Presenter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lauren Drain ... Herself
Steve Drain ... Himself
Betty Phelps Betty Phelps ... Herself
Fred Phelps ... Himself
Jael Phelps Jael Phelps ... Herself
Libby Phelps Libby Phelps ... Herself
Sara Phelps Sara Phelps ... Herself
Grace Phelps-Roper ... Herself
Megan Phelps-Roper ... Herself
Rebekah Phelps-Roper Rebekah Phelps-Roper ... Herself
Shirley Phelps-Roper ... Herself
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Louis returns to the Phelps family to find that several members have left the cult, and that they are being sued.

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Not Rated

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 2011 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

America's Most Hated Family in Crisis See more »

Filming Locations:

Topeka, Kansas, USA

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Perhaps a bit premature.
15 July 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The first documentary Louis Theroux made about the infamous Phelps family was terrifically well made and is the best film about these nasty cult members. Now, four years later he returns to hang out with these awful people and to update the audience on their status. The problem is that while it is interesting television, it really doesn't add much to what he already did in the first show. Apart from the defection of a couple of the cult members (and this is no surprise, especially since in the first film they acknowledged that this happens from time to time), there isn't much new--they still spew the same sort of hate and viciousness, though they have, inexplicably, set it to modern music by the likes of Lady Gaga! The total effect is muted to say the least if you've seen the first film--which is all you need to do.

As far as follow-ups go, this one seemed very premature. Just recently, old Fred Phelps himself, the evil patriarch of this hellish clan, died. Seeing what they are doing without him now is what I am curious about and think most viewers would feel the same. Overall, mildly interesting but a severe case of 'been there/done that' when it comes to the subject matter.


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