Lively, entertaining reviews of, and essays on, old and newer films and everything relating to them, written by professional author William Schoell.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

SLEEPING DOGS LIE aka STAY


SLEEPING DOGS LIE (aka Stay/2006). Writer/director: Bobcat Goldthwaite.

"It's trying to live up to the lies we tell ourselves that makes us better people."

Amy (Melinda Page Hamilton) confesses to her boyfriend John (Bryce Johnson) that she once committed s certain sexual act upon her male dog, eventually leading to their break-up. Okay, this is not a typical romantic comedy-drama. The movie is interesting, edgy, well-made, well-acted -- but gross. Although the movie is not really about bestiality per se, but about the effects of total honesty [some things you should definitely keep to yourself], there's still a hollowness to it because it never deals with what brought Amy to performing such an act in the first place. To her it's a one-time thing, no big deal, but if that's the case, why did it happen at all? [One reviewer at imdb.com suggests that bestiality is commonplace, and seems disappointed that this movie doesn't go into its delights. Yuchh! I think anyone who wants to have sex with animals should see their psychiatrist -- fast!] The movie is not pro-bestiality, thank goodness. Hamilton has managed to keep working despite appearing in this film.

Verdict: Well, at least it's different. **1/2.
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