Sordid Lives

Synopsis: We become intimate with the "Sordid Lives" of a family in a small Texas town preparing for the funeral of the mother. Among the characters are the grandson trying to find his identity in West Hollywood, the son who has spent the past twenty-three years dressed as Tammy Wynette, the sister and her best friend (who live in delightfully kitschy homes), and the two daughters (one strait-laced and one quite a bit looser).
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Del Shores
Production: Regent Entertainment
  11 wins.
Rotten Tomatoes:
111 min

- [ Microphone Feedback ]

- [ Woman ] Ouch. Sh*t.

- [ Man ] Turn that down, Bitsy.

- [ Bitsy ] Sorry.

[ Woman ] Wardell, do you think

God killed Peggy as a punishment...

for having that affair with G. W.?

- You know I don't believe

in that sh*t, Juanita.

- [ Bitsy ] Testing.

- Can y'all hear me?

- [ Wardell ] We sure can, Bitsy.

[Juanita ]

Bitsy, have you ever had an affair...

with anybody with missing limbs

or anything?

Not that I can remember, Juanita.

I once had an affair

with a man with only one testicle.

[ singing:
And who's a sinner ]

You're my 27th therapist

in the last three years.

[ singing:
Lord, it's tough enough

to trudge from brunch to dinner ]

I'm from the South.

Uh, Texas, actually.

[ singing:
We seek the light of truth ]

[ singing:
Between our white lies ]

I was raised rigid Southern Baptist,

I'm an actor, and I'm gay.

[ singing:
We sleep away our youth

under tattletale skies ]

[ singing:
Who's a sinner and who's a saint ]

[ singing:
Who's to say who you can love ]

[ singing:
And who you can't ]

[ singing:
Now it's easy for the pot

to call the kettle black ]

[ singing:
They're just jealous of the hot

and lusty, sordid lives they led ]

[ singing:
Ain't it a b*tch

sorting out our sordid lives ]

[ singing:
It's a b*tch

when you come to realize ]

[ singing:
Crack yourself a box

of CrackerJacks ]

[ singing:
You can get a really shitty prize ]

[ singing:
It's a b*tch

sorting out our sordid lives ]

[ singing:
Now there's trouble

coming down the chute ]

[ singing:
To take our first breath ]

[ singing:
And we struggle for acceptance

from birth to death ]

[ singing:
But the Lord's too busy

trying to keep the world on its feet ]

[ singing:
He ain't got time to give a damn

about what goes on between the sheets ]

[ singing:
Ain't it a b*tch ]

[ singing:
Sorting out our sordid lives ]

[ singing:
It's a b*tch

when you come to realize ]

[ singing:
Crack yourself a box

of CrackerJack ]

[ singing:
You can get a really shitty prize ]

[ singing:
It's a b*tch sorting out

our sorry, little ]

[ singing:
Sordid lives ]

- ] Oh, yeah ] ]

- [ Clapping ]

- That's real good, Bitsy.

- Thank you, Juanita.

When I was a kid, I was fat.

[ Horn Honking ]

A fat boy.

[ Sighs ]


That's what the other kids

used to call me.

I just wish they could see

my ass today, 'cause I've worked

really hard on my ass, you know?

[ Sighs ]


One year--

I think I was in the fifth grade--

my mama took me shopping

for school clothes...

and I had gotten fatter.

I had to try on jeans.

Well, the only ones that would fit

were the husky ones, you know?

They had that label on the back

that said ""Husky.''

It was kind of announced

to everyone behind me I was a husky.

I started crying.

I didn't want everybody

to know I was a husky.

And my mama...

sat me down right there in Sears

and told me no one else had to know.

Just me and her.

It was our little secret.

So, she bought the Husky jeans.

She took 'em home.

And then she went to the Goodwill,

and she bought some used jeans.

Well, she took the label

off the Husky jeans

and sewed on the ""Slim'' label...

from the Goodwill ones.

Slim. Sh*t.

Like I could pull that off.

It's just the kind of mama

she was though.

Never made me feel bad

about being fat. She--

She always just made it okay.

And I've always thought that

that is unconditional love, and--

Well, maybe if I told her

I was gay, it'd--

you know, it'd apply.

And this other thought

just keeps running through my head:

She'd just try and change the labels...

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Del Shores

Del Shores (born Delferd Lynn Shores on December 3, 1957 in Winters, Texas ) is an American film director and producer, television writer and producer, playwright and actor. more…

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