Mix idiotic comic gags with a mawkish religious message and you get "Inspired Guns," one of the most insipid movies to ever come out of the Mormon Cinema genre.
Elder Fisher (David Lassetter), a rigid LDS missionary, is given a new mission companion: Elder Johnson (Dashiell Wolf), who talks in hip-hop slang and brags of being from "the hood": Park City. Johnson tries to start proselytizing to Roger and Larry Rossi (Christian Busath and Jake Suazo), two dim-bulb gangsters who mistake the missionaries for rival mobsters. Meanwhile, a hitman (Thomas J. Post) thinks Fisher and Johnson are feds, and the real feds (Brett Merritt, Scott Beringer) think they’re assassins.
Opens Friday, Jan. 24, at area theaters; rated PG for some violence, language and thematic material; 100 minutes.
The characters in writer-director Adam White’s script have a collective IQ equal to a goldfish, which is the only way the plot can progress toward its inevitable "wacky" resolution. About the only genuine laughs come from seeing Salt Lake City locations double for New York and from the hamfisted way White inserts the spiritual message amid the lame jokes.
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