Gage Sullivan (Shannen Doherty) is a freelance photographer who makes most of her money as a member of the paparazzi and who hates what her life has become. When she realizes that she and her assistant, Casey (Tamara Gorski), are being stalked by someone whose trademark is leaving behind wads of chewed bubble gum (?), she calls in a security professional named Nick Angel (Joseph Griffin). When it appears that not even Nick can protect her from the stalker, Gage turns to a former associate of Nick’s, a hitman named Gadger (Aidan Devne).
This direct-to-video film is pretty dumb, Once Gage meets up with Gadger, the film goes off the rails as everyone reveals that they’re not who they say they are and multiple double crosses are revealed, each leaving behind plot holes so big that a convoy of trucks could probably roar through them without even having to slow down. I don’t have much experience with professional con artists but it seems like the really successful ones would know better than to come up with a con that’s as pointlessly complicated as the one in this movie. Even the fake gambling parlor in The Sting wasn’t as needlessly complex as what happens in Striking Poses.
Striking Poses is a let-down and, for an R-rated direct-to-video film, it’s also extremely tame. I’m not really sure where that R rating comes from because there’s no nudity, very little violence, and I don’t think I even heard much profanity. Maybe someone slipped the ratings board some money to avoid getting slapped with a dreaded PG. This is a movie about a con that feels like a big con itself.