Sordid Lives (2000)



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The bizarre death of Peggy Ingraham, the matriarch of a working-class Texas family, sets off fireworks within her dysfunctional family. Her determinedly proper daughter Latrelle is in denial over the fact that her son Ty, an actor trying to make it in Hollywood, is gay, and is relieved that her only brother, a gay drag queen and dedicated Tammy Wynette impersonator, has been confined to a mental institution for 23 years simply because he is gay. Latrelle's brassy sister LaVonda, however, thinks … More

Rating: R (for sexual content, nudity and language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Del Shores
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 18, 2003
Regent Entertainment - Official Site


as Bitsy Mae Harling

as G.W. Nethercott

as Noleta Nethercott

as Latrelle Williamson

as Sissy Hickey

as Ty Williamson

as LaVonda Dupree

as Ty Williamson

as Brother Boy

as Wardell `Bubba' Owen...

as Dr. Eve Bolinger

as Juanita Bartlett

as Odell Owens

as Sara Kaufman

as Vera Lisso

as Glyndora

as Crazy Preacher Man

as Crying Mental Patien...

as Nurse Jackson

as Theatre Director

as Peggy Ingram

as Leticia Bustamente

as Mrs. King, Organist

as Rev. Barnes
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Critic Reviews for Sordid Lives

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (13)

A train wreck you can't help but watch.

Full Review… | July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

While the film at times feels like a clumsily acted play, a surprising turn by Delta Burke carries the cast out of the doldrums of an often-strained plot line.

Full Review… | June 28, 2002
Boston Globe
Top Critic

A movie that, while robustly performed ... has the strange effect of not so much opening up a play for the screen as closing it in.

Full Review… | January 18, 2002
Toronto Star
Top Critic

If the film's flaws are large, so are its laughs.

January 18, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

There's a genuine sweetness and familial affection that shines through Sordid Lives, and enough oddball humor to keep it mooo-ving along.

Full Review… | September 28, 2001
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The laughs come in all the wrong places when they come at all.

Full Review… | June 15, 2001
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Sordid Lives

Very similar to the way things are at home in Mississippi for me!! hehe

Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer


Wonderfully bizarre.

Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer


Sheer campy fun, wonderful and perceptive performances all around, but for me, Beth Camp stood out and she very richly developed her character. Hysterically funny at times, very well written. I never understood why the critics generally panned this one, I thought it was a funny breath of fresh air.

James Higgins

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