Dalila Ali Rajah
David Nathie Barnes
Hot Guys with Guns (NR)
Problematic stereotypes aside, there are real laughs found in the snappy dialogue and buddy-cop-meets-romantic-comedy rapport between the hot guys — Danny Lohman (Marc Anthony Samuel), a would-be actor earning a P.I. certification to prep for a role, and Pip Armstrong (Brian McArdle), his rich playboy ex — as they attempt to unmask the "sex party bandits" terrorizing Hollywood’s wealthy gay elite. "Act like a detective," Pip exhorts Danny. "You’re classically trained, goddamn it!"
The nimble humor is too often undercut by distracting inconsistencies in tone and style, forcing the characters to hobble duck-footed through self-serious asides and unnecessary plot details such as the daily life of a struggling actor/waiter or the vaguely sexual relationship between Pip and his barely formed cougar-lush mother. Hot Guys with Guns has the occasional spark of a clever comedy, but the lack of focus makes it too limp on laughs to fulfill its potential.