I watched Vernon, Florida today, and here was my Netflix review (I gave it two stars).
I am an Errol Morris fan. I like both his minimalistic films (Gates of Heaven) and his "self-indulgent" work (First Person), but I could not figure out what Morris was trying to do with this film. The purpose of this film seems to be: 1) go to a small town 2) find the weirdest inhabitants you can 3) film them. I couldn't see a greater purpose to the film, and, instead of laughing at the foibles of the film's subjects, I felt sad. Usually, I don't mind laughing at documentary subjects (American Movie), but this film seemed to have no greater point than to say, "Aren't these people WEIRD." I expected more from this documentary, but I guess there was a reason this was out of print for so long. However, having said all that, this film has the seeds of Morris's great later work: beautiful cinematography, cinema verite style interviewing techniques, quirky subject matter. But every subsequent Morris film is much better than this one. My recommendation? For Errol Morris fans only.