Amy is a seemingly normal young girl, adored by her parents
and golden-boy fiancé. Her future looks bright until her fiancé
suggests they tell each other their darkest secrets - things
they have never told anyone. When Amy finally relents and
reveals her secret, everything falls apart...
a movie that will mainly be remembered for one thing - the
basic premise that a woman performs fellatio on a dog in a
moment of madness. This is a shame, because this film is much
more intelligent, and a lot of people will be put off watching
it simply because of the taboo subject.
film starts with Amy sat at home one night alone with her
dog. Curious about what it would be like to perform fellatio
on man's best friend, she puts the chain on the front door
and satisfies her curiosity. Once the odd deed is done she
rushes to the bathroom to wash her mouth out - it wasn't a
moment of madness that she will ever repeat again.
later she meets John who seems to be the man of her dreams.
He proposes to her and because Amy wants a relationship in
which their are no secrets, she makes up her mind to share
everything with him - even the heinous dog incident. However,
she is unsure how he will act. Without revealing the truth
behind this event, she asks her mother's advice. Her mother
confides to Amy that she too did a couple of really strange
things when she was young, and although it eats her up every
day, thinks that it's better that Amy's dad is kept in the
dark. Not wanting to hide anything from her husband to be,
Amy tells John - and instantly wishes she hadn't. Some secrets
are best left untold.
Dogs is more a romantic comedy than it is a shock fest
of bad taste. The dog scenario is simply meant to represent
a really dark secret that most people have, but are too afraid
to tell their partners about because of what light it will
paint them in. The fact that it happened year's previously,
before she met her current fiancé, really means that
it should be an event that she shouldn't share with others.
There are things in everyone's past that they should learn
from and move on - never mentioning again.
couldn't help but be reminded of Chasing Amy, especially
while watching the scene where John's curiosity gets the better
of him and he asks Amy to perform the heinous act once more
so he can see what it looks like. So, it wasn't much of a
surprise to hear, on the audio commentary, that writer/director
Goldthwait was heavily inspired by Chasing Amy.
also loved the "For Mom" dedication at start of
film. This takes on a whole new meaning once you've seen the
movie and heard Amy's mum's stories.
was also unsure as to whether Ed (played by Colby French)
was on the level or not. It's left to the audience to make
up their own minds as to whether he is really having marital
problems, or just sees an opportunity to take advantage of
Amy while she is going through a very vulnerable period. There
are a few too many coincidences that make you think he's a
bit of a slimy character, but at the same time, he's such
a charming, charismatic bloke, that you can't help but instantly
warm to him.
include an audio commentary with Goldthwait (in which he admits
his confusion as to who will want to listen to him waffling
on about the movie); Interview with Goldthwait and Melinda
Page Hamilton (16 min) and trailer (the sound of which seems
to be about three seconds out of synch with the picture).
audio commentary is refreshingly honest, and Goldthwait reveals
a few too many secrets that he probably shouldn't - like where
a lot of the wardrobe and props came from, and the fact they
did a little breaking and entering to film one important scene.
movie won't be to everyone's taste, but if you ignore the
dog fellatio aspect, then you'll find that this is a warm,
touching, beautiful movie that proves that you don't have
to spend a small fortune to create a work of art. I am a huge
Kevin Smith fan, and I have to say I found Sleeping Dogs
to be on par with Chasing Amy in
almost every aspect.