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Hot Fuzz (2007)

121 Min.
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In a nutshell... In this parody of the buddy cop genre, exceptional London cop Nicholas Angel is involuntarily transferred to a quaint English village and paired with a witless new partner. While on the beat, Nicholas suspects a sinister conspiracy is afoot with the residents.

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Why It Makes My List

In Hot Fuzz Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright demonstrate sharp instincts for finding hilarity in cultural differences by cramming a big American genre into a comically small British frame. If Americans are going to derive their idea of ‘Britishness’ from contemporary movies, I’d much rather it came from a movie like Hot Fuzz than from anything involving Richard Curtis and Hugh Grant.

Other Reasons To Watch

Hot Fuzz is packed with comic invention that rewards the attentive viewer, including verbal wit, running visual gags, pratfalls, absurd puns, witty edits, and planted jokes that pay off later.

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Pegg is excellent in Hot Fuzz. He delivers his lines straight but always with a subtle curve built in, and the laid-back chemistry he has with Nick Frost underpins much of the movie's appeal.
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Hot Fuzz weaves its jokes into a storyline (however absurd) with genuine characters, demonstrating an affectionate (rather than cynical) attitude towards the genre it's parodying.
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Reason To Pass
Reason To Pass

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American viewers unfamiliar with certain aspects of British culture (e.g. brands like Cornetto), or who don't recognise some of the character actors might not enjoy Hot Fuzz as much as I do.
Hot Fuzz isn't as good as Shaun of the Dead (2004), and compromises its focus by referencing lots of movies outside of the buddy cop genre (including, inevitably, Shaun of the Dead).
Two hours is a long haul for a farce, and the dubious joke of automatic weapons spraying bullets in the supermarket and village square wears thin by the third or fourth set-piece at the end of the movie.

Don't Watch If...

You didn’t like Shaun of the Dead (2004). The comedy in Hot Fuzz is similar but most fans agree not quite as well executed.

  • Jack’s MovieReviews

    A unique look on an overused concept, hilarious and original in almost every way

  • This was a good action comedy. I like the British style of parody and subtle references. It is also a good surreal murder mystery film. I was quite surprised to see Timothy Dalton there. I liked also “Shaun of the Dead”, still waiting to see “World’s End”.

    I don’t know if Swedish movie “Kopps” is known in the USA. It was also a funny comedy where small town police station was being closed for lack of crime, so the cops started doing faked crimes to keep their jobs. it has slightly similar humour as “Hot Fuzz”, only with less serious crimes.

  • Andrew

    A nice action comedy. filled with running jokes that started in Shaun of the Dead (2004). It is filled with movie references and even mocks other police oriented action films quite accurately at times. The plot may be familiar, but the characters are unique and that’s what allow this movie to rise above the masses. That and the fact that it’s ending is among the more exhilarating ones I’ve ever witnessed.

  • Brian – DeepFocusReview

    This is at once my favorite Pegg/Frost collaboration and the best, most entertaining of Wright’s “Cornetto Series”. Moreover, it’s better than most action movies. It may be a half-spoof, but Wright executes action that’s more exciting than most straight actioners. The editing alone is brilliant, but there’s so much going on here to savor. Great recommendation Craig… Also, crusty jugglers.

  • Gunther

    Pegg’s wide-eyed reaction to the Rome and Juliet musical number is the best!

    I enjoy this film a great deal, but it’s my least favorite of the Cornetto Trilogy. One of the things that I adore about “Shaun” and “World’s End” is the way Wright balances silliness with real pathos. Those two films feel like bigger meals. “Hot Fuzz” doesn’t really attempt those tonal shifts.

    • You mean this one…?

  • Absolutely loved this movie. I felt Simon Pegg and Nick Frost were at their very best in terms of comedy. I thought the cinematography was especially great when scenes were moving on. I thought some parts were a little graphic but overall it is a movie I can watch multiple times and still enjoy.

  • Heavenlyskull

    Great review. Not sure about Shaun being better, because I constantly struggle with which of the two I love more. One of my favorite movies to watch over and over again!

  • CheatingWithFandango

    Simon Pegg has to be one of my favoirte English actors. I love him as Scotty in Star Trek (I’m a huge Star Trek fan). Hot Fuzz has some great parts in terms of comedy. I never laughed so hard, I watched this movie twice. This was a great movie in my opinion, a little graphic but good overall.

  • War of the Movies

    Great review! In my personal opinion Hot Fuzz is a comedy masterpiece! The storyline was very impressive, I wasn’t sure what to expect but the script was inventive and right down hilarious. Simon Pegg is a great actor that would be great to see more often.

  • Nate Jensen

    I absolutely love this movie. Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright do an amazing job. I love how its mocking all the serious cop dramas. There were moments of action and some humorous moments as well. All in all a good balence. I give Hot Fuzz a 4/5

  • ScottCDanielson

    This is one of my favorites, mainly because Edgar Wright and Pegg are experts at making movies that poke fun at a genre while still being within the genre. One note for the uninitiated though, some of the deaths in the film are exceptionally gruesome which may turn off some viewers (like my mother).

  • SomeOrganisedChaos

    This film is definitely a favourite of mine. While I can understand it may be offputting for non-Brits, the inherent Britishness is delightful and I definitely recognise a few of the characters from my own small town. Pegg and Frost are wonderful at small observations as well as the bigger slapstick gags and running jokes, and they get a wonderful balance in this.

Available in: United States New Zealand

Last Checked: 03/03/2017
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Director Edgar Wright

Starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jim Broadbent, Paddy Considine, Timothy Dalton, Billie Whitelaw, Edward Woodward, Rafe Spall, Olivia Colman, Martin Freeman, Bill Nighy, Steve Coogan

Genres Comedy, Action & Adventure, Satire,