It is not often a gay independent film comes along that combines fast-paced action, sly humor, a bevy of sexy studs, a witty script and top notch acting and direction, but Hot Guys with Guns, stylishly directed by Doug Spearman is just that. Fans of Mickey Spillaine, Sam Spade, Donald Stratchey, Chinatown and The Thin Man series should find a lot to love in this intoxicating modern film noir with pronounced LGBTQ characters.
Part-time actor and full-time waiter Danny (Marc Anthony Samuel), still in love with his ex boyfriend, rich party boy Pip (Brian McArdle), attends a private eye class in preparation for a cop role for which he is auditioning. But when Pip becomes a robbery victim to the “gay sex party bandits,” the two men – despite their unresolved sexual tension – team up as amateur sleuths to solve the crime.
As our boys delve into Hollywood’s gay power world, guns are shot, bodies drop and the two find themselves in one hot gay mess – but remain determined to uncover the culprits.
Hot Guys with Guns has a script that pops with wit and cultural references (“Cops? I am a black man in east L.A. with a dead Mexican on the floor with no head, we can’t call the cops!”) as well as a memorable cast of supporting actors (Joan Ryan as Pip’s needy and boozy mom, Trey McCurley as Pip’s red headed boy toy, Alan Blumefield as Jimmy, the hard-nosed P.I. instructor, and Darryl Stephens as a friend with a dark secret).