Sordid Lives (2000)
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Writer-director Del Shores serves up a heaping helping of Southern-fried comic melodrama in this adaptation of his own play about infidelity, country & western music, and Airstream trailers. When their sister dies, Latrelle (Bonnie Bedelia), LaVonda (Ann Walker), and Sissy (Beth Grant) plan her funeral -- an unenviable task, considering that they must carefully hide the deceased's affair with amputee G.W. (Beau Bridges) from his wife, the vindictive Noleta (Delta Burke). Meanwhile, the trio has
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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.
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.
If the film's flaws are large, so are its laughs.
There's a genuine sweetness and familial affection that shines through Sordid Lives, and enough oddball humor to keep it mooo-ving along.
Runs the risk of alienating its audience by going a little too far over the top and, in its efforts to be different, delivers instead, more of the same.
Texans are idiots, but they have hearts as big as the great outdoors--I get it already.
Its stereotypes are insulting, its jokes are unfunny, and its emotions are labored. Sordid Lives is a sordid movie.
If only the lives in Sordid Lives were sordid. Instead, the movie might better be titled Loud Lives.
Things always feel about a half step from spinning wildly out of control, but Sordid Lives remains a guilty pleasure that you enjoy and keep to yourself .
The corn of Sordid Lives comes heavily salted -- nudity, bold talk, gay coming-out, transvestism -- but it's the crunch of the corn that will either win you or send you desperately to the lobby for the real thing.
Sordid Lives is a galloping riot of dysfunctional family humor. Too bad it's just not that funny.
By pleading and begging and coaxing us to love the characters in Sordid Lives, Shores only guarantees our indifference and disgust.
Sordid Lives feels like a play in perhaps the least successful way: It's composed of really long scenes that are mostly dialogue, with transition action imagined or implied only.
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