As much as I love my nuns nude and packing heat, Joseph Guzman’s Nude Nuns with Guns is one water pistol away from an oversexed skin flick.
Full of enough eye candy to make any adolescent boy’s (or girl’s) sex drive go full throttle, the film finds a drug cartel run by a sinister church who see fit to reducing their ordained sisterhood to nothing more than a nudist colony of cheap labor chemists. As the story opens we are introduced to some of the main players in a dope exchange gone horribly wrong. The lone (innocent) survivor is our heroine, Sister Sarah (Asun Ortega), who is subsequently thrown into forced prostitution by the bikers and drugged out of her mind as she “services” the customers.
As fate would have it, however, a kind-hearted doctor (I use that term loosely) named Mr. Foo (Maxie J. Santillan Jr.) releases Sarah from her bondage and flushes out all the drugs from her system. Upon awakening, Sister Sarah reveals that she has received the “word of God” which has entrusted her with dishing out some divine justice on those who did her wrong. Foo then proceeds to arm are with a pair of silver pistols to help her on her mission only to have Sarah put a bullet through his noggin (not cool, man). Thus begins our heroine’s journey of hate-fueled revenge served cold and hard with the most translucent metaphor for phallic aggression a lesbian nun can holster.
Though shortlived, Mr. Foo is a pretty cool character- equal parts Yoda and Tommy Chong, Foo exudes a hipster charm that helps balance the darker elements of the story. Unfortunately, what follows after his demise is bleak mess of boobs and talking (plus more boobs), with very little scenes of heavenly justice doled out and nowhere did I ever really see any “big guns” (with great exception to scary ass Xango Henry as Kickstand, a Dulé Hill (Psych) look-a-like). When the biggest threat of a film is a black man’s genitals as he violates elderly nuns, there’s not much else that needs to be said.
In the end, as much as I wanted to like a film with a name as cool as Nude Nuns with Guns it simply didn’t push any one boundary far enough. In fact, I couldn’t help but think that this was really lost footage from Machete, given the overall borderland motif and badass, Mexican bikers. It even goes so far as to riff on Rodriguez’s Planet Terror theme from the Rodriguez/Tarantino Grindhouse double feature. Yes, there are nuns and they’re (generally) nude. Yes, there’s softcore rape and bullets to the head. However, a lack of any real action will likely see you walking away limp from this peep show long before the credits ever role.