A Very Sordid Wedding (2017)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  

USA, 2017.  , .  Screenplay by Del Shores.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , Del Shores.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

Del Shores has been treating audiences to the lives and loves of his quirky, campy characters for so long that he has their details down pat , and this follow up to his plays, the 2000 cult hit film Sordid Lives and the 2008 television series of the same name does not disappointment.  In the dusty town of Winters, Texas, LaVonda (the outstanding ) is still the beauty queen who trades gossip with her sister Sissy (, filling in for Beth Grant) and neighbour Noleta (, who previously took over for Delta Burke on the series), the three of them increasingly alarmed by the anti-equality sentiment being shown by citizens in the wake of the 2008 Supreme court decision that has granted equal marital rights to same-sex couples.  Across town, niece Latrelle (, who is stunning) is the icy antithesis to Sissy and LaVonda but is coming around to a more sympathetic feeling for her gay son Ty () when he calls and tells her that he and his hsuband Kyle () are about to become fathers.  Bedelia’s personal shift on the issue eventually leads to her taking on the town’s bigoted pastor and his followers in an effort to make sure that her son and son-in-law, who have been getting married in every state as part of a publicity tour, will also make sure to do so in Texas.  Charming, breezy and full of plenty of laugh out loud humour, Shores’ political message preaches to the already converted in a manner so on-the-nose that it will not go down easy with all, and is hampered by a few glaring missteps: Geiger’s infomercial-style acting is hard to watch, while ‘s marvelous characterization of the girls’ gay brother is relegated to a graceless sideline plot, leaving behind the historical poignancy of his years of ex-gay therapy and institutionalization in favour of a weakly compiled series of adventures involving his dreams of achieving drag stardom and his crossing paths with a sexy serial killer.  The two sides of the plot don’t mix well, but no matter, since the film works best when it’s not trying to be important, particularly the richly funny portrayals of Texan women whose worst eccentricities are presented with burning, palpable love.

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