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Sordid Lives (2000)

R | | Comedy, Romance | 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Hunley ...
Earl Houston Bullock ...
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 <imdb+add@randy.pensive.org>

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A black comedy about white trash. See more »


Comedy | Romance

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

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11 May 2001 (USA)  »

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$13,167 (USA) (11 May 2001)


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

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Did You Know?


Delta Burke's role was originally supposed to be played as a larger woman, but when she showed up on the set having lost a lot of weight, a pivotal scene was played as if she had lost the weight, but her neglectful husband hadn't noticed. (The role was originally to be played by Patrika Darbo.) See more »


When Latrelle arrives at Sissy's house, her shoes are white. She climbs onto a chair to check the air vent and her shoes are black. The white shoes reappear in the following scene. See more »


Brother Boy: I washed 'n set this an hour before my appointment so I'd have just enough time to dry it up under my portable... but I wouldn't have time to finish fixin' it. So I'd have to bring it here to my session to put the finishin' touches on it.
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Crazy Credits

The DVD has an extended (but deleted) version of Grandma Peggy's rant after the credits. See more »


References Thelma & Louise (1991) See more »


Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad
Written by Billy Sherrill and Glenn Sutton
Used by permission of EMI AL GALICO MUSIC CORP
Performed by Tammy Wynette
Courtesy of Sony SPecial Products
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Just like Sunday's at Mamaw's house
30 November 2004 | by (Arkansas) – See all my reviews

One of the funniest movies I have ever seen. We've watched it so many times we know the lines by heart. These people are all in my family, and I've often wanted to holler out myself to some of my relatives "Shoot her Wardel, shoot her in the head." I can relate to being gay in a small southern town.

My partner and I are gay in Arkansas, although they have just tried to pass a law to prevent us from being so. But for some reason "It ain't a workin" and there are more of us coming out now that the election's over than before. You'll laugh til you cry when Brother Boy sings Til I Can make it on My Own to the psycho with a fish in her ear - although I do not believe this was one of her "early years" songs. Watch it 10 times and then you can pretend you're in the cast.

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