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Sleeping Dogs Lie (2006)

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


Bobcat Goldthwait
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Melinda Page Hamilton ... Amy
Bryce Johnson ... John
Geoff Pierson ... Dad
Colby French ... Ed
Jack Plotnick ... Dougie
Bonita Friedericy ... Mom / Wrestling Girl
Brian Posehn ... Randy
Morgan Murphy ... Linda
Steve Agee ... Carl
Lisa Salzano Lisa Salzano ... Wrestling Girl
Candiss Cogdill Candiss Cogdill ... Wrestling Girl
Harvey J. Alperin Harvey J. Alperin ... Principal
Ernest Misko Ernest Misko ... Priest (as Ernie Misko)
Rebecca Avery ... Rest Area Mom
Kira Burri Kira Burri ... Rest Area Girl


An impulsive sexual encounter from her past haunts Amy, an otherwise seemingly normal young woman with a bright future and nice-guy fiancé. But her fiancé has suggested that the couple be completely honest and tell each other everything! When Amy finally relents, encouraged to tell the truth by her coworker and mother (neither of whom really knows what she has to disclose), and reveals her secret, all hell breaks loose. Written by Geoffrey Gilmore, Sundance Film Festival Director

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A new breed of romantic comedy. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong and aberrant sexual content, drug use and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 February 2007 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Sleeping Dogs Lie See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,890, 22 October 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,890, 22 October 2006
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Company Credits

Production Co:

HareBrained Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Entered in the Independent Dramatic Features Competition at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. See more »


When Amy and Mom come in to wake up John and Dougie in the morning, the piano is sitting on Dougie's crotch. Then it is not there. Then, Mom moves it back over his crotch before they leave the room. See more »


[first lines]
Amy: My name is Amy and, yes, at college I blew my dog.
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Crazy Credits

No animal was harmed or pleasured in the making of this movie. See more »


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Honesty, the 'best' policy?
2 February 2010 | by AmperoSee all my reviews

How do you take an act of impulsive curiosity, or mere boredom and turn it into a heartfelt life-lesson about being skeptical with keeping secrets? Leave that to the genius in Bobcat Goldthwait (yes, that Bobcat).

I came across this movie while scouting around to see what Bobcat was up to these days, actor-wise and it was indeed a treasure worth digging up. The movie deals a lot with finding that thin-line to knowing how much is too much when it comes to full disclosure and it makes you sit back and think how crass you would be, knowing your indiscretions, then judging someone else. Both written and directed by Bobcat, the movie is golden for what it is and, save some scenes where the lines and moods feel exaggerated, the actor's roles couldn't have been played better.

While in college, Amy has an indiscretion with her dog and inevitably keeps it at the back of her mind for the years that follow. We get introduced to a flowering romance between Amy and John as they set the paces to get married. To make it official, they both go to meet Amy's family and things start to unravel- much to Amy's dismay. Her Dad (Geoff Pierson) is a stern but understanding man who holds Amy in a great caliber of admiration; her mom (Bonita Friedericy) is old- fashioned and has a certain pride for her daughter and her brother (Jack Plotnick) could care less as he's found himself near rock-bottom with a meth habit. As she's coaxed by John to divvy her deepest, darkest secrets she goes back and forth with a friend and her mother on how important full honesty is in a relationship. When Amy makes up her mind to get it off of her chest she finds that, not only does it fester a brick wall in her relationship with John, it also causes a rift between her and her family. Needless to say, things fall apart in both camps and Amy is left trying to piece together her own puzzle and finding some solace with having the truth out there whilst embracing a new relationship with a workplace confidant, Ed.

I like this movie because it has a lot of realness about it, if you can picture yourself in the situation or not. It's not a gross-out comedy, even if the subject matter alludes to it. The only things that would make you cringe are the placeholder reminders you put in your head. The story is definitely one that will promote a 'what would you do' conversation and it would make for a great group movie. Seeing this from Bobcat feels good because I always liked him on film and with his routines, he's a childhood fave and I'm glad he did something that I appreciate today. If you happen upon the DVD, check out the director's commentary and listen to him 'pontificate' it's pretty inspirational if you find yourself wanting to tackle film. Hearing the set stories and things he did to make the scenes work may just give you the nudge you need to start blooming.

Standout Line: "Ed, commitment is a reaction, not a decision."

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