Monday, August 14, 2017

Now on Netflix: Hot Property (2017)

Hot Property (2017) - Directed by Max McGill; Written by Andrew Cryan, Max McGill; Starring MyAnna Buring, Tom Rhys Harries, Kate Bracken.

By Kenny Howell

A recently laid off woman tries everything to try to keep her flat in an aggressive London housing market in this go for broke comedy.

Melody (MyAnna Buring) is a corporate spy who gets canned one day, leaving her bank account near empty very quickly. She has a stellar flat in an up and coming area of London, and she is afraid that someone will come in and take it. A real estate group called The Charlatans are ready to make a move fast, so Melody has to come up with something. So she surveys all her options, even considering selling an organ and becoming an escort.

Director Max McGill uses this construct to skewer much more than the London housing market, and that is probably where it falls flat. It becomes stretched so thin because it is so heavy handed on everything it wants to go after. Melody's boyfriend is an an aspiring chef with a high concept/terrible food, some of which is making some kind of statement on nazism, that I think it supposed to be funny, but it is not. Much of the film is not funny as well, which is troubling for a comedy. It just tries too hard, and if it wasn't that the cast, specifically Buring, was quite good, this would be nearly unwatchable.

Hot Property is now streaming on Netflix.

Rating: *

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