Sordid Lives (2000)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  11 May 2001 (USA)
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As three generations of a family in a small Texas town gather for a funeral, we learn the hilarious, sad, trashy truth of the "Sordid Lives."



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Odell Owens (as Earl H. Bullock)
Ann Walker ...
Mary Margaret Lewis ...
Ethel (as Mary-Margaret Lewis)


We become intimate with the "Sordid Lives" of a family in a small Texas town preparing for the funeral of the mother. Among the characters are the grandson trying to find his identity in West Hollywood, the son who has spent the past twenty-three years dressed as Tammy Wynette, the sister and her best friend (who live in delightfully kitschy homes), and the two daughters (one strait-laced and one quite a bit looser). Written by Randall Gellens <>

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A black comedy about white trash. See more »



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Rated R for sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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$1,079,726 (USA) (2 July 2004)

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This film contains many of the original actors from the long running stage-production, with the actors who originated the Bonnie Bedelia and Beau Bridges roles (Mary Margaret Lewis and Mitch Carter) playing the receptionist Ethel and security guard in the mental institution. See more »


When Sissy and Noleta are speaking in the living room a boom mic is visible. See more »


Sissy: Good Lawd Latrelle. Don't you know better than to sneak up on someone when they're tawkin' to a corpse?
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The featured cast sings a karaoke type song at the beginning of the final credits. This is frequently interrupted by Juanita making inane comments. See more »


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Ensemble comedy with one terrific performance...
18 August 2007 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Del Shores directed and wrote this adaptation of his own play about how an elderly woman's (comical) accidental death causes her family and friends to rue her passing while digging up ancient misgivings. Low-budget film played the Palm Springs movie circuit for months but didn't hit many other towns; easy to see why, it's rather like an R-rated sitcom lost on the big screen. While Shores isn't exactly erratic as a director, he's possibly too flexible with his material and his group of actors, and the movie sometimes resembles nothing more than a stunt. There's not much plot (it's just an exercise in showcasing the worst possible sides of humanity for a dirty laugh), yet some good things do come out of this. Leslie Jordan pulls off a difficult transvestite role with un-self-conscious relish; not played for pitiable sympathy or all-out laughs, Jordan's Tammy Wynette-worshipping drag queen amiably walks a fine line--it's a portrayal dead-on in its accuracy, and Jordan is never a pain like the other characters. Delta Burke and Bonnie Bedelia visibly strain to punch up their scenes, while Olivia Newton-John opens the picture with a rousing song but is given nothing else important to do. Too many of the gags are recycled, rehashed and rerun, and the jokes tend to stem from various humiliations. Strictly as a curiosity, the movie certainly lives up to its oddball reputation, and there are some outré laughs for those in the proper spirit. ** from ****

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