This uproariously funny white trash campfest takes a wicked peek into an extended family of Texas rednecks who've come together for the funeral of their adulterous matriarch. Attending the funeral are her dueling big-haired daughters LaVonda (Ann Walker) and Latrelle (Bonnie Bedelia); sister Sissy (Beth Grant), who picked the wrong time to quit smoking; a revengeful neighbour (Delta Burke); brother Earl (Leslie Jordan), a Tammy Wynette-obsessed drag queen; hunky Ty (Kirk Geiger), Latrelle's estranged gay son; and Bitsy Mae (Olivia Newton-John), a country music-singing ex-con lesbian.
Annoyingly crass and loud, but funny in parts
- Sordid Lives review by GS
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I have to confess, I rented this movie for two reasons. The gay connection and the casting of Olivia Newton John, however I was disappointed on both counts. Not that Olivia is bad, she is, in fact, surprisingly good. The problem is she only appears very briefly. Most of the other characters are loud, grotesque and played over the top. Towards the end of the film these characterisation started to grate. The best character, and funniest, has to be Leslie Jordan's cross-dressing Brother Boy, especially in the asylum where he tries, unenthusiastically, to lose his homosexuality.
Most of the reviews that I’ve read have been favourable but I just didn’t get it. It reminded me of a really bad American sitcom with very little plot.