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Story

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

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Olivia Newton-JohnBitsy Mae Harling
Newell AlexanderWardell 'Bubba' Owens
Beau BridgesG.W. Nethercott
Beth GrantSissy Hickey
Delta BurkeNoleta Nethercott
Leslie JordanEarl 'Brother Boy' Ingram
Bonnie BedeliaLatrelle Williamson
Sharron AlexisSara Kaufman
Rosemary AlexanderDr. Eve Bolinger
Lorna ScottVera Lisso
Dale DickeyGlyndora

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Del Shores
  • Producer: Fox
  • Length: 111 min
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.77:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaMay 11, 2001
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaSep 2, 2003
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