Sleeping Dogs Lie 2006

Sleeping Dogs Lie

Critics Consensus

Though Sleeping Dogs Lie treats its subject and characters humanely, it's unable to overcome the low-budget production and Bobcat Goldthwait's pedestrian directing.

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One lonely night while in college, a young woman (Melinda Page Hamilton) performs an act of bestiality. Goaded by her fiance to reveal the most disgusting thing she has ever done, she tells her old secret but is unable to live down the consequences of her confession.

Cast & Crew

Morgan Murphy
Linda
Marty Pasestta Jr.
Producer
Ian S. Takahashi
Cinematographer
Jason Stewart
Film Editor
Gerald Brunskill
Original Music
Melanie Mandl
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Sara de Sa Rego
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Critic Reviews for Sleeping Dogs Lie

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Audience Reviews for Sleeping Dogs Lie

  • Nov 04, 2012
    A woman who gave her dog a blow job during college reveals her indiscretion to her fiance and tries to save the relationship. Writer/director Bobcat Goldthwait continues to impress with another off-the-wall concept. He crafts the situations and plot with an ease that is surprising when one considers his eighties screaming comedy. He's also very good with actors, directing a very strong performance from his leading lady, Melinda Page Hamilton (Steve Agee isn't as good, but he can't win them all). The film's composition and pacing is amateur at best. We get short, talky scenes, followed by an expository shot, followed by more short, talky scenes. The result is stagnation, and Amy's emotional arc isn't balanced. She cries at the end of the first two acts, and the scenes are identical, the last revealing little new about her character. The film's theme is what's most interesting. Goldthwait's concept, that, in Amy's words, "It's important to lie. It's trying to live up to the lies that we tell about ourselves that makes us better people," has some validity. But what Goldthwait fails to consider is that no one is without baggage. The goal is to learn from it rather than carry it. While I don't think I can blame Goldthwait for presenting a view different from my own, I do think that his treatment of his theme is somewhat myopic. Overall, I have to get used to the idea that Bobcat Goldthwait has matured into a provocative, growing filmmaker, and Sleeping Dogs Lie is a good introduction to his oeuvre.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Oct 10, 2012
    Come on now. People didn't enjoy this little film. Anyone with an embarrassing story that they don't want revealed will appreciate this...and I know we all do. Cuter than the story premise would have you believe.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 26, 2011
    After seeing the triumphant 'World's Best Dad' I saught out this earlier work from Goldthwait and wasn't disappointed. Tackling the fundamental life questions around truth and honesty in relationships, it dares to challenge the romcom cliche 'honesty is always the best policy'. The headline grabbing bestiality is only a comedy device but does seem an excessive example to use to make his points.
    Gordon A Super Reviewer
  • Oct 18, 2009
    WEIRD FREAKY but kinda good
    Brody M Super Reviewer

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