Sleeping Dogs Lie
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The movie starts out with an extremely disturbing sexual incident that thankfully takes place off camera and then watch Amy move past this youthful mistake and end up engaged to a young man who keeps asking her to share her dirtiest little secret. Amy wants to tell him since he has bared his soul to her and she doesn't want there to be any secrets between them but she's afraid he'll be disgusted. After she tells her secret, we get to watch family dynamics work in uncomfortable yet easily recognizable ways. The final scene between Amy and her fiance and how she is treated after the truth comes out by the man she loves is heartbreaking.
This movie seriously addresses the issues faced in all relationships. How much do you share with your partner? Are certain secrets best left buried? These and many more questions are answered in a thoughtful manner by none other then a comedian (Bob Goldwait), go figure.... This movie is worth viewing for its moving message about love and relationships but be warned, it contains crude sexual discussions.
The movie's bargain basement budget is somewhat apparent in the production values, though things never get close to shoddy looking. In fact, the movie is generally well shot, acted, and lit, as well as sensitively directed. There's a nice little soundtrack, too. Definitely not bad for the twelve cents they had to spend.
On DVD, "Sleeping Dogs Lie" features a solid picture and good sound. The DVD also includes an interesting and often charming commentary track, rich with entertaining anecdotes, by writer/director Bobcat Goldthwait, and several trailers for other indie comedies. No behind-the-scenes featurettes, however.
Though ultimately taking a cynical view of the importance of complete honesty in a relationship (in fact, the message seems to be that you'll be walking into a minefield if you even try to be completely honest), "Sleeping Dogs Lie" is funny and moving, and a nice surprise to discover on DVD.
I resist explaining the setup of SLEEPING DOGS LIE because it would be like giving away the conclusion about Rosebud to someone who has not seen CITIZEN KANE. If you have yet to learn about the premise of SLEEPING DOGS LIE, I hope you'll avoid other reviews until after you watch this gem of a movie the public missed. One contribution here criticizes this film's setup because instead of being about "something that maybe one in a thousand women might try," it involves "something one in a million might undertake," but I think this one-in-a-million scenario makes the challenge SLEEPING DOGS LIE presents that much stronger.
The need to communicate, by definition, means taking the risk of being truthful to the point of revealing what others don't need to know. Maybe the only thing trickier is listening to understand, but not to judge. See SLEEPING DOGS LIE.
Melinda Page Hamilton carries the film, portraying her character, Amy, deftly and eliciting sympathy and understanding from the viewers. Jack Plotnick, playing her tweeker brother, provides the tension and the undercurrent of family dynamics required to clarify Amy's persona.
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I only wish that everyone on the ( social media ) FACE-BOOK network would watch this movie and LEARN SOMETHING!! It's alright to keep some things to yourself. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jackie L. Adams
Horribly awkward and disgusting secret gets revealed and this movie handles it with realism and class. Despite the subject matter this is actually a good movie.Published 11 months ago by Ben
Another winner from Bobcat. Nice little romatic comedy worth the see. Nice little movie considering it was made on a very tight budget.Published on January 28, 2014 by Mark B
Don't let the negative reviews discourage you from buying/renting this movie, it is a brilliantly written tale of relationships that could stay together or fall apart because of... Read morePublished on September 6, 2013 by Matthew A. Smith
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