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Sordid Lives [Blu-ray]

Olivia Newton John , Leslie Jordan , Del Shores    Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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If you've got a taste for big hair, broad Texas accents, and gay rights, this mixture of white-trash comedy and coming-out melodrama is for you. Sordid Lives starts out as chicken-fried farce, as a funeral is prepared for a woman who died when she tripped over her adulterous lover's wooden legs; about midway the emphasis shifts to a drag queen unfairly held in a mental institution and the dead woman's grandson, an actor in Los Angeles who hasn't come out to his mother. The tone shifts wildly, and the humor depends on your fondness for the white-trash genre--if you like it, this will tickle your ribs; if you don't, it'll fall flat as the panhandle landscape. But it must be said that the cast (including Bonnie Bedelia, Beau Bridges, Delta Burke, and Olivia Newton-John) dives right in, no matter how over-the-top their characters get. --Bret Fetzer

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, Contrived July 14 2004
By A Customer
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
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Sordid Pleasure!!!!!!!!!!!! March 12 2004
By Daryl B
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Like a fever dream from Dubya... March 22 2003
By A Customer
"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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5.0 out of 5 stars Bad Hair and Tammy Wynette April 5 2004
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Texas (not as in Bible) Dec 24 2003
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Funny Funny
I thought I was going to be sick I was laughing so hard, this was a very funny movie, I watched it with a group of friends and we all liked it.
Published on June 15 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
i have watched this movie 5 times and just love it....funny funny funny,,,,i highly recommend when you are feeling down,,,plug this in....it will change your attitude...phil
Published on June 12 2004 by philip strauch
1.0 out of 5 stars Gay porn scenes, fake accents, horrible acting, bad writing.
Easily the worst flick ever made. I had to pull the disc out of the player during the graphic gay orgy scene. Olivia sings the B word and the S word. Read more
Published on June 3 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!!!!
This was great!!! What a wonderful and charming movie!!!
Published on June 2 2004 by Ray
2.0 out of 5 stars A few laughs but a poor man's Steel Magnolias
I watched this with friends the other night having heard wonderful things about it. Maybe I went in with too high of expectations but I thought the characters were a bit too over... Read more
Published on May 26 2004 by M. G. Mora
5.0 out of 5 stars TEXANS, CAN BE FUNNY!!
Sordid lives, is one of the funniest flicks to come around, and for me to say that, really means its great, as I do not like most comedies. Read more
Published on May 19 2004 by "yaaah69"
5.0 out of 5 stars Bad Hair and Tammy Wynette
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. Read more
Published on April 5 2004 by Jeremy Boettcher
5.0 out of 5 stars This thing is amazing
The first time I watched this, I would have given it maybe three stars, but it's one of those that the more ya watch, the more ya get out of it. Read more
Published on March 24 2004 by "jmason16"
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