Sordid Lives [Blu-ray]
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Everytime she mentions it to others around us. I can't help but roll my eyes. She hates me for it, but it is funny all the same.
Don't get me wrong. There are some really kind of funny parts. There was one part where they were all talking in the bar and one guy said to the other to get off the cross they need the wood. I died laughing, but didn't through the rest of the movie.
My friend and I, are constantly quoting parts from the movie, and while we do, it brings us together in peace and harmony, and I think for one small moment in time that she forgets that I hate the movie with a passion.
SORDID LIVES, a politically correct film espousing gay rights in a heavy Texas accent, won't appeal to everyone, but several of the performances are surprisingly excellent. Jordan is positively superb as Earl, who spends his life dressed up as CW singer Tammy Wynette, and has a permanent gig entertaining his fellow inmates in the asylum.
Also exceptional is Rosemary Alexander as the sexually frustrated Dr. Eve Bolinger, the institution psychologist assigned to Earl's case. Eve's career, as well as a lucrative book deal and an appearance on Oprah, are all dependent on her ability to successfully de-homosexualize her charge. Therapy has not progressed well after sixty-eight sessions, and Eve is prepared to take Earl's problem in hand, so to speak.Read more ›
What makes SORDID LIVES such a gem of a movie is the fact that these are real people in unreal situations. Each one of us knows at LEAST one of the characters in this film, and while the storyline is so over the top that you may need oxygen, the characterizations are beautifully written, skillfully directed, and ring true down to the most minute detail.
In the hands of lesser actors, this movie could easily have descended into sitcom hell, but this ensemble cast is, in a word, perfection. Delta Burke sheds her Designing Women persona for a much more multi-layered performace as the jilted wife, while Kirk Geiger's gay actor son portrayal is both understated and a perfect foil to his trailer park Aunts. Beau Bridges, Bonnie Bedelia, and Olivia Newton-John are all outrageously running amuk in their chacterizations, yet Beth Grant as the jumpy Aunt who just quit smoking, and Leslie Jordan as the Tammy Wynette Drag Queen, "Brother Boy" steal this movie. SORDID LIVES may be a black comedy about white trash....but this trash is DEFINITELY a treasure!
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Out of curiosity why would Amazon Canada have an item that is not viewable in the U.S., U.S. Territories, Canada, and Bermuda.
It is a very funny movie.
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.Published on Jan. 16 2014 by From Canada
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. Read morePublished on June 20 2004
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
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...philPublished on June 12 2004 by philip strauch
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 morePublished on June 3 2004
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 morePublished on May 26 2004 by M. G. Mora
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 morePublished on May 19 2004