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Sordid Lives [Blu-ray]


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  • Actors: Olivia Newton John, Leslie Jordan, Caroline Rhea
  • Directors: Del Shores
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Unidisc Music Inc.
  • Release Date: Dec 6 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005X9TK7C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #62,455 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14 2004
Format: DVD
Perhaps it was sooooo built up as this amazing gut buster, that I viewed it with too high expectations. I was actually bored. I thought the writing was contrived and the acting so over the top that it was hard to find a shred of believability. Also - SHRILL goes a long way. I'm from Texas - I grew up with hicks and these characters were sub-standard imitations. I always miss that magical mix of the absurd with characters that you empathize with in Del Shores writing. One positive note, the slapstick element during the coffin scene helped pick things up a bit.
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This has got to be one of the WORST movies I've ever seen. It's not even funny from a camp perspective. I wanted to scream. DO NOT WATCH.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "nolescout" on June 20 2004
Format: DVD
This DVD came highly recommended by several friends. I was sure not disappointed. I've watched it a half-dozen times now and loved it every time.
The actors are fabulous, especially Leslie Jordan as 'Brother Boy' Earl. Far from playing the role in typical drag queen camp, Jordan brings depth and even poignancy to his (hilarious) character, who copes with his hellish looney bin existence by living out vicariously the life of Tammy Wynette. Beth Grant is also sensational in her protracted nicotine fit.
I've seen enough of mega-studio Hollywood not to mind the fresh, offbeat, low-budget feel of this film. The big-name talent certainly delivers, including, as musical backdrop, Olivia Newton-John's awesome guitar numbers (impressively sung live on camera--wow what a talent, she's still got it).
Apart from uproarious laughs, the film offers a meaningful theme of the dysfunctionality that non-acceptance from DENIAL can inject into family relationships. Be sure to add 'Sordid Lives' to your DVD collection, because it's becoming a cult classic of white trash humor--and memorable lines from the film are starting to go around. I'd tell you more about this movie, but you'll have to, in the words of Brother Boy...."excuse me...I got a show to do!"
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daryl B on March 12 2004
Format: DVD
Welcome to the wonderful world of White Trash---And boy are you in for a ride!!!!! When their mother (and sister) die in a motel after committing adultery (she tripped over her married lover's wooden legs!) a family comes together for the funeral of the family matriarch. There is Sissy (played by Beth Grant, who made the movie for me, she was HILARIOUS!), sister of the deceased, who unfortunately tried to quit smoking three days before the untimely death of her older sister. Her neighbor is Noleta (Delta Burke), who is the distraught wife of the man (Beau Bridges), who's wooden legs accidently became murder weapons. There is Brother Boy (Leslie Jordon), who for 23 years, has been in a "looney bin" for dressing in drag as his favorite country artists---Tammy Wynette being his ultimate----and in therapy to clear up his homosexuality. There are more wonderful characters (Bonnie Bedelia, Olivia Newton John play a couple of them)but not enough time to discuss them all. Suffice it to say, this comedy is well worth your time. And, while giving you plenty of laughs, the movie also has a message that can help all of us----accepting people as they are. Reward yourself with laughter----watch this movie!!!!!!!!!!!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 22 2003
Format: DVD
"Sordid Lives" is a LOUD, non-stop rollercoaster ride through a tangled web of sex, lies, and psychoanalysis which takes place (for the most part) in small-town Texas. The plot revolves around the untimely death of the matron of an ultra-dysfunctional family and the drama leading up to the climatic funeral. Although they are billed as stars of the film, Olivia Newton-John, Beau Bridges, and Delta Burke essentially provide slightly more than cameo appearances. Of the three, Newton-John's role is the most interesting and sadly, the least developed. The remaining cast members, with the exception of Bonnie Bedelia, are unknown carry-overs from the stage production.
The film is full of comical moments and generates a lot of laughs, but the tone is very uneven. And waaaaaaaay too much screen time is devoted to the scenes involving the attempted "de-homosexualization" of the family drag queen. Ai-yai-yai.
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Format: VHS Tape
i had wanted to watch this movie for the longest time and i am so glad i finally did. this hilarious movie about white trash had me laughing so hard i amost fell off my couch. the story revolves around three sisters whose mother died tripping over her lover's wooden legs. beth grant plays one sister who is trying to quit smoking and losing the battle. and bonnie bedelai plays another sister who is trying to accept the fact that her son is gay. everyone does a great job from olivia newton john to leslie jordan(hilarious) and delta burke. this is one movie i know i will be watching on more then several occasions. it should have gotten a wider release. watch this ,ovie and i am sure you will see one of your relatives here, if not more then one!!
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Format: DVD
being a resident of Texas and having lived in Lubbock and Abilene I realize how realistic this movie is. this is true Texas. pleae listen to every dialogue and you laugh your ... off. The screen, play, photography, casting, costume everything is almost perfect. Please listen to the accents and see how it is different from the LA accent. you should not miss this movie and will love it.
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