Sordid Lives (2000)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Comedy of Manners, Ensemble Film, Gay & Lesbian Films  |   Release Date - May 11, 2001 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 110 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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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 to come to terms with two cases of sexual orientation: Latrelle's openly gay soap-opera star son Ty (Kirk Geiger), whose sexuality she continues to deny; and their only brother, Boy (Leslie Jordan), who's serving a sentence in a mental ward for his adamant belief that he is actually country & western legend Tammy Wynette. Playing an aspiring singer-songwriter, Olivia Newton-John turns up to provide the film with the occasional musical interlude.

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amputation, country-music, extramarital-affair, lesbianism, mental-institution, sibling, soap-opera, trailer-park