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  • Summary: Bobcat Goldthwait has written and directed a story that adeptly explores honesty, family, forgiveness and courage. By frankly probing our relationships and idealization of the absolute virtues of honesty, Sleeping Dogs Lie is a funny and perceptive dark comedy. (Roadside Attractions)
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  1. Hamilton, in her movie debut, is a find: the kinkstress next door.
  2. Reviewed by: Duane Byrge
    80
    Carnal, crazy and, most amazingly, heartwarming love story.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    80
    [Goldthwait] handles it beautifully, crafting from such rough stuff something astoundingly sweet and sharply funny about forgiveness, unconditional love, tenderness, and the things we hide just to get ourselves from one day to the next.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    70
    Rather than the escalating gross-out spectacular it could have been, Sleeping Dogs Lie is an unexpectedly thoughtful look at what it takes to make relationships work.
  5. 63
    There are no laughs to be had here, though, unless you count nervous titters and frat-boy sniggers at the very thought of, you know.
  6. 63
    It's not exactly going to be on PETA's 10-best list.
  7. Goldthwait explores his themes more thoughtfully than you'd expect, but ultimately, we know just how things will end. And what's subversive about that?

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  1. ChadS.
    Apr 25, 2007
    6
    A true dog lover, had they written "Sleeping Dogs Lie", would emphasize Amy's other sin(which is arguably worse than bestiality): After A true dog lover, had they written "Sleeping Dogs Lie", would emphasize Amy's other sin(which is arguably worse than bestiality): After sex, sex that she initiated, she dropped off her pooch...at the pound...to be euthanized. Talk about your love 'em and leave 'em stories. It recalls(well, not really) that passage in "Lolita" in which Nabokov describes the angst a canine experiences when its master puts an end to their game of "fetch the ball". Now consider Amy's dog, sitting in his cage like a furry Magdalene sister, probably wondering aloud to himself, "Ruff...Ruff...Ruff! Ruff!... Ruff..."(translation: I was just lying there minding my own business, and then...) It's not Amy who should feel humiliated, it's the dog. John(Bryce Johnson) breaks up with Amy(Melinda Page Hamilton) for the wrong reason. Her parents miss the bigger picture, too. Although "Sleeping Dogs Lie" does a mind-bending job of reconciling gross-out humor within a romantic comedy, the film is dishonest about who we should really feel sorry for. Expand

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