Our Rating: ★★☆☆☆
L Factor: Major lesbian characters
Short Take: Lesbian scientists save LA from deadly temperatures.
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Year: 2009
Duration: 74 minutes
Language: English/USA
MPAA: Not Rated
Director: Rex Piano
Writer: Jody Wheeler, Paolo Mazzucato
Starring: Jamie Luner, Greg Evigan, Jake Thornton, Natalie Salins, Barbara Niven


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Sometimes you just have to accept how bad a film is and play along until the end. Unfortunately, Heat Wave is one of those made-for-tv movies that is worse than the usual fare. The plot focuses on two dedicated, yet underfunded, scientists who are working on a means to create rain by seeding clouds. The scientists, Kate (Jamie Luner) and Dana (Natalie Salins), are also a lesbian couple. Dr. Charles Covington (Jake Thornton) works in the next lab and soon finds himself at odds with the women.

Covington is an employee of a gas and oil company, and we learn that the dangerous heat wave plaguing Los Angeles is no accident. He is part of an effort to reach gas reserves underneath the city, but the drilling is releasing deadly methane into the atmosphere, fueling a cycle of increasing heat.

Our two heroines are able to figure out the problem and the solution to keep LA from burning up. They do this through a series of bad special effects, not-very-impressive acting, and a clunky plot full of holes, including the appearance of the governor, who stops by the lab to help. We mention the governor, since she is played by Barbara Niven, star of Nicole Conn’s film, A Perfect Ending. (AB)