Sleeping Dogs Lie

A recently engaged woman’s life is thrown into turmoil after confessing to her fiancé that she once experimented with bestiality.


Writer:  Bobcat Goldthwait
Director:  Bobcat Goldthwait
Stars:  Melinda Page Hamilton, Bryce Johnson, Geoff Pierson
Runtime/Rating:  87 Minutes/ R
Popcorn Score: Medium Popcorn with Butter

It took more than half of the movie for me to get in to “Sleeping Dogs Lie” but I am glad I stuck with it and if you are able to do the same, it is well worth the watch.  Unfortunately many people will be turned off, and likely turn it off after the first scene.  A story that has a foundation that is so disturbing and unusual will rarely end up being what this movie becomes.  What begins as a black comedy like only Bobcat Goldthwait can do, soon becomes a heartfelt and touching, original story about a woman, her family and their problems.

Amy carries with her a sexual secret about a lonely night in college with her dog that she has never told to anyone.   She is recently engaged to John who insists that the two be completely open and honest with each other.  During a weekend trip to Amy’s very traditional parents house, the story of the one night that she has regretted ever since it occurred is outed to not only John, but to her Mother, Father, and brother.  Her brother is a drug addict still living with his disapproving parents and causing a number of problems for the family as well.  After this secret is brought to light, Amy is given no support from her fiancé or her family and soon has a life that is completely in shambles.  The one resource she has is her coworker Ed, who she finds comfort in when everyone else has deserted her.

“Sleeping Dogs” lacks in production value, as do all Bobcat films, and it ends up being much more of a serious piece than it does a dark comedy. A balance of the two never quite settles in.  I am discovering that although Bobcat’s films can be funny, touching, engaging, and insightful, his focus is often blurry and the movies objectives miss their mark.  Fortunately “Sleeping Dogs” is a sincere enough look at people, family and honesty in relationships that is moving and engages you until the end.  I recommend placing it on your Netflix instant queue and checking it out.  To date, it is my favorite Bobcat Goldthwait movie!

Medium Popcorn with Butter.  

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