Owen Gleiberman
October 18, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Sleeping Dogs Lie

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
89 minutes
Limited Release Date
10/20/06
performer
Melinda Page Hamilton, Bryce Johnson, Geoffrey Pierson
director
Bobcat Goldthwait
distributor
Roadside Attractions, Samuel Goldwyn Films
author
Bobcat Goldthwait
genre
Comedy, Drama

We gave it an B+

If you only hear the premise, you’ll think Sleeping Dogs Lie is a one-joke sick goof — and you’ll be wrong. In college, Amy (Melinda Page Hamilton), on a bored whim, has a way-too-close encounter with her dog. Later, she’s trapped: She can’t tell her fiancé (Bryce Johnson), but without fessing up she knows she’s just faking intimacy. The writer-director is Bobcat Goldthwait, who has made a scrappily funny and observant takeoff on the secrets that complete even the ”normal” among us. Hamilton, in her movie debut, is a find: the kinkstress next door.

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