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Sordid Lives (2000)

R | | Comedy, Romance | 11 May 2001 (USA)
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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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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Rated R for sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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

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

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 »

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Latrelle takes the lighter fluid from G.W. and then sticks it into her purse where it is out of sight. When we next see the purse a moment later, the lighter fluid is sticking out of the top of the purse. See more »

Quotes

Noleta: We just finished watching "Thelma and Louise", and we're pissed!
LaVonda: At men! Ain't that right, Louise?
Noleta: No, I'm Thelma!
LaVonda: I thought I was Thelma.
Noleta: No, Thelma was the one with the shitty husband!
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The DVD has an extended (but deleted) version of Grandma Peggy's rant after the credits. See more »

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Blue Country
Written and Performed by George S. Clinton
Published by Tution Music (BMI)
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Brilliant adaptation of play. Beautifully acted & directed.
3 March 2002 | by (cathedral city, ca) – See all my reviews

The title turned me off. I had no idea what to expect, only that I was seeing a film that was not in wide release, for some reason I still don't understand.

With an amazing combination of humor and humanity, Del Shores, created a masterful portrait of a "wacky", dysfunctional (by whose definition?) family that eventually grew to know itself at its highest level.

The characters were broadly drawn, but due to the rich acting level caricature was avoided, and each character retained his or her humanity. Moreover, this film, originally a play, retained the intimate quality of a stage play that is often lost when a play is transferred to the screen.

"Sordid Lives" is for everyone & is not just a "feel good" homosexually oriented move. Don't understand why it wasn't more widely distributed because it's surely on my list of the 20 best films ever.


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