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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 her brother should be released from the institution and has a perfect right to attend their mother's funeral. Meanwhile, Ty, who has strived hard to accept his homosexuality, realizes that there is no way he can return home for his grandmother's funeral without coming out to his mother.

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Cast

Olivia Newton-John
as Bitsy Mae Harling
Beau Bridges
as G.W. Nethercott
Delta Burke
as Noleta Nethercott
Bonnie Bedelia
as Latrelle Williamson
Beth Grant
as Sissy Hickey
Earl Bullock
as Ty Williamson
Ann Walker
as LaVonda Dupree
Kirk Geiger
as Ty Williamson
Leslie Jordan
as Brother Boy
Newell Alexander
as Wardell `Bubba' Owens
Rosemary Alexander
as Dr. Eve Bolinger
Sarah Hunley
as Juanita Bartlett
Earl H. Bullock
as Odell Owens
Sharron Alexis
as Sara Kaufman
Lorna Scott
as Vera Lisso
Dale Dickey
as Glyndora
Robert Lewis Stephenson
as Crazy Preacher Man
Jane George
as Crying Mental Patient
Sharyn Leavitt
as Nurse Jackson
Beverly Nero
as Theatre Director
Gloria Le Roy
as Peggy Ingram
Luisa Leschin
as Leticia Bustamente
Dona Hardy
as Mrs. King, Organist
William Phipps
as Rev. Barnes
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Critic Reviews for Sordid Lives

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (9)

A train wreck you can't help but watch.

July 20, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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.

June 28, 2002 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Boston Globe
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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.

January 18, 2002 | Full Review…
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.

September 28, 2001
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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

June 15, 2001 | Full Review…
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Sordid Lives

½

Wonderfully bizarre.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

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

Thomas Johnston
Thomas Johnston

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