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“Sleeping Dogs Lie.”

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Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait‘s second directorial effort "Sleeping Dogs
is sort of a social experiment — like, what if you tried to make a
fairly straightforward romantic comedy fueled by a truly over-the-top
premise? We’re talking more ridiculous than having to get your gay best
friend to pretend he’s your fiancé so that you can make your ex jealous
at his wedding. More ridiculous than pretending the guy you had a crush
on is your fiancé after he ends up in a coma. More ridiculous
than…well, romantic comedies are already fucked up, when you lay it
out like that.

Amy (Melinda Page Hamilton, last seen as the nun on "Desperate
) was in college when she impulsively got a little too
friendly with her pet dog. Years later, she’s engaged to John (Bryce
), an aspiring writer and seemingly nice guy who will insist on
their telling each other all their darkest secrets, now that they’re about to
get married. On a trip to introduce him to her eccentric parents, Amy
is persuaded to spill the one thing she might have good reason to be
reluctant to share — and it doesn’t go over so well, particularly once
her mom, dad and meth-addict brother are also informed.

Dirty talk aside, "Sleeping Dogs Lie" is startlingly forthright
— it really attempts to imagine how people would react at hearing that
their sweet, blonde, kindergarten-teaching daughter/girlfriend once
gave a canine hummer. Amy spends a good part of the film in tears over
the wreckage of her relationships. Wacky hijinks, there ain’t.

We can honestly say we had no idea where "Sleeping Dogs Lie" was
going — it does expand out into territory not covered by your average
festival flick, and in that it felt fresh. But it does
still feel like a festival flick, something that was probably a
pleasant, slight and slightly titillating surprise at Sundance, but that on
screen in theaters seems more than a little amateurish. The scenes are
timed awkwardly; the cinematography ranges from bluntly functional to
awful, and the acting leaves something to be desired. The film has an admirably frank attitude about sex and a socially pragmatic
heroine who knows when enough is enough, but it never escapes its own
novelty niche. It does manage, in a slightly off-key
instrumental rendition of Roy Orbison‘s "You Got It," one of the
funnier musical cues we can think of. More of that would have been nice.

Opens in limited release October 20th.

+ "Sleeping Dogs Lie" (Roadside Attractions)

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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