Release Date: October 20th, 2006 (Landmark Sunshine Cinemas) by Roadside Attractions.
The Cast: Melinda Page Hamilton, Bryce Johnson, Geoff Pierson, Colby French, Jack Plotnick, Bonita Friedericy, Brian Posehn, Morgan Murphy.
Directed by Bobcat Goldthwait.
BASIC PREMISE: Amy (Hamilton) openly admits a dirty secret from her past to her fiancé, John (Johnson), which ruins their relationship.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Sleeping Dogs Lie spoils its main surprise in the opening scene that shows Amy in her college dorm being a little too intimate with man’s best friend. Fortunately, the intimate action occurs off-screen. Years later, while at her parents’ house she decides to be honest with her fiancé, John, and nonchalantly confess exactly what happened in her college dorm. Obviously, he freaks out and breaks up with her, so for the rest of the film, she tries to avoid being lonely again and, perhaps, win him back. Amy develops a contrived romance with a married colleague (French) at a pre-school she teaches at. Writer/director Bobcat Goldthwait combines romance, drama and gross-out, absurd comedy without enough focus. Goldthwait certainly has the courage to push the envelope of the romantic comedy genre, but he often cops-out by including too much shock value that might offend the taste of the average romantic comedy fan. At the same time, those who expect a hilariously outrageous comedy, along the lines of There’s Something About Mary, will be disappointed and, unfortunately, underwhelmed.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: None, other than the obvious message that there are some things better left unsaid.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Awkward, unfocused and contrived.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 5
IN A NUTSHELL: Quite outrageous, but ultimately unfocused, contrived and underwhelming.
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