A t first glance, I thought that the movie A Very Sordid Wedding was going to be just another wedding comedy where the friends of the bride and groom get drunk and have massive hangovers, but it was the complete opposite. A Very Sordid Wedding is a unique comedy that will make you laugh out loud over and over again, which is brilliantly written and directed by Del Shores. This movie is the sequel to Sordid Lives and many of the characters that appeared on the prequel also appear in this hilarious sequel.
The movie is set in a small Texas town that still keeps very conservative points of view about gay marriage and equal rights for everyone. First we see Sissy Hickey, a chain-smoking spinster who is devoted to God and her church but tolerates and embraces the gay community. She is portrayed by none other than Dale Dickey, more commonly seen playing junkie woman, and she does a terrific job which deserves an A. Next to her we see Bonnie Bedelia playing Latrelle Williamson, a divorced mother with a newly married gay son, who is soon to be a father. She has always been a supportive mother with their and an active member of the community church, however a new preacher comes along and changes the way things are handled at church. Pastor Peter, played by Blake McIver Ewing, does not support gay marriage and he is even leading an anti-gay campaign at the church which prevents gay couples from getting married.
Aided by Noleta Nethercott (Caroline Rhea), Lavonda (Ann Walker) and Sissy Hickey, Latrelle struggles next to her son Ty, performed by Kirk Geiger in the constant fight for equal rights for everyone. They meet obstacles such as church fanatic Vera Lisso and Pastor Pete but with a little help from their friends, and a very special and colorful friend called Earl “Brother Boy” Ingram, they manage to overcome them. The actor Leslie Jordan does an amazing job playing Brother Boy, the exuberant drag queen with a frail personality who has a fling with a serial killer called Billy Joe Dobson, played by Emerson Collins, who is excellent in the movie.
Besides these supporting characters, we can see picturesque and traditional characters from the typical North American background, commonly referred to as “white thrash”. The small town’s usual bar customers are hilarious and the hitchhiker’s serial killer also gives a nice touch to the movie. The scene where Leslie Jordan, Emerson Collins and Alec Mapa appear together is raw comedy and it really brought tears to my eyes but the happy ones. This is definitely a must see movie that will make you laugh from beginning to end and the message is also very clear: equality for all of us and freedom to enjoy the same civil rights.