Who knew "bitch" and "whore" were terms of endearment? Only in West Hollywood, where this tight-knit group of "punks" (slang for gay black men) party, dish, date and work that 'tude, mmm-hmmm. When hard-bodied hunk Rockmond Dunbar moves into the neighborhood, photographer Seth Gilliam falls head over high heels. Trouble is, Mr.
Abs of Steel is "straight" and has a girlfriend (though he keeps sending lovesick Gilliam mixed signals). Confusion also abounds for fellow punk Jazzmun, a female impersonator whose singing group, the Sisters, threatens to disband over diva fits and ego battles. Lip-synching to Sister Sledge songs, the Sisters provide some of the film's most entertaining moments--and most fabulous costumes. Though frequently festive, Punks' performances are uneven, and the predictable narrative, while avoiding melodramatic traps, slips into sappy ones. Ain't that a bitch.