Hot Property clearly wants to be a screwball comedy about the vapid, materialistic members of London’s corporate world. Even if it knows precious little about them. Protagonist Melody (MyAnna Buring) is a ruthless corporate spy concerned only with keeping her central London flat. Her nemesis, Laurie (Kate Bracken), is a rising online journalist working for Melody’s ever inconstant sister-in-law Saskia. Melody is aided by her hapless brother (Sam Phillips), an officer worker now occupying her parents’ home, and boyfriend Harmony, an oversexed chef forever trying to start a pop-up business.
Director Max McGill, here making his debut feature, makes the right choice tonally, leaning fully into the absurdity of these overprivileged caricatures. It’s just that the writing fails to capitalise on them on a consistent basis. Melody’s object fetishism and Laurie’s millennial obliviousness are suitably cartoonish examples that barely get any showcasing.