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American Honey and the Hard-Knock Life

American movies have a problem with poverty. Rarely depicted with any sort of nuance or insight, the condition of being poor is often treated as a disease-of-the-week unpleasantness. Good films have been made about poverty— The Pursuit of Happyness and Straight Outta Compton come to mind—but even there, scarcity is viewed as a scary “other,” a terrible thing that, but for the grace of God, go us.
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