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Hot Fuzz (Widescreen Edition) (2007)

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Smart Spoof of TV Cop Shows

  • Jul 14, 2010
Rating:
+5

What Prompted You to write a Review?
I enjoyed this film very much and was disappointed that it did not do more box office in the US.
 

How was the Plot, Acting, Direction?

Simon Pegg played a very different character than American audiences have seen him in his more recent works.  He plays a confident and very competent policeman who is not afraid to get into the middle of the action in this film.  It was such a different role it took me a while to realize it was him.  Pegg showed no sign of the scared, indecisive characters he more recently played.  His friend in real life, Nick Frost, co-stars in this film playing a cop in a smaller town that Pegg's character is transferred to for being too efficient in London.  As usual their comic chemistry makes this film even funnier than just spoofing of TV cop shows.

The writing and directing are superb.  Even though I was laughing constantly and cringing when I figured out what they were spoofing, my brain did not think it was watching a run of the mill comedy.  If I did not know coming in to the film that it was supposed to be a comedy, I would have thought this was just an action cop film that just happened to be funny.  The writers and director did well in keeping the pace of a cop drama, even when the action moved to a quiet small town.  Also, the lighting and the framing of the shots were done in the style of television cop shows.

What was best about this film was how they did the spoofing.  Often times in spoofs, the sections where spoofs of certain elements of the thing they are spoofing the audience can see that is coming up before it happens.  In this film the spoofed elements were smoothly blended into the regular action.

Another thing that was done extremely well were the barbs at big government organizations.  The movie starts out with Pegg's character being kicked out of the London office because he's too competent.  Not only is he told that by his direct superior, but then the hierarchy of the police department is then called in to tell him the same thing each time he asks why he is being transferred.  When Pegg's character tries to say he is appreciated for his work and his co-workers will be upset that he's leaving, they are shown celebrating his leaving because his efficiency is making them look bad because they do not want to work.  This scene in the beginning of the film is just one of many barbs at big government and the people who work for them.

Were You ENTERTAINED?

Yes, I was very much entertained!  I could not stop laughing.

Did It Fulfill Expectations? Hype Level?

I had heard about this film when Simon Pegg did an interview on NPR.  It sounds like it would be a typical comedy.  However, it is so much more.  It surpassed its hype level.

Did a Movie Trailer Establish a HYPE?

Yes, to a certain extent.

Is This Movie Mainstream Or Pretty Obscure?

It should be a mainstream movie because it spoofs the style of American television cop shows.  However, it did not draw much of an audience when it was in theater in the US.


Above all, Establish Your Star Rating 1-5 Or 1-10?

Ten out of ten stars.

Define what the Star rating mean to you...

The film made me laugh and think.  When the film finished, I felt satisfied.
 

How would you recommend the movie?

Anyone would enjoy this movie.  However, people who grew up watching cop shows will enjoy this movie even more.

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review by . June 05, 2013
   Simon Pegg plays a London police officer who is too good at his job. After making the other London police officers look bad, his boss decides to send him to a small town in the country side, where he joins the local police force. However, after some mysterious 'accidents' he find that his new life won't be as boring as he thought.      Full of action and gore, this comedy is definitely one for the horror/mystery fans out there. To get the most out of …
review by . April 11, 2012
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**** out of ****    Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) finds himself the victim of "for-the-hell-of-it" logic. An intelligent, fast-talking police officer in London's Metropolitan Police Service; he is one day called into the office of his superiors, where they proceed to give him a lecture on how good he is at what he does, and how his thorough and consistent goodness has led them to make the very tough decision of transferring him to a smaller town, supposedly to spare the embarrassment …
Quick Tip by . July 14, 2010
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Smart spoof of police action TV shows in addition to making smart criticisms of big government.
Quick Tip by . June 25, 2010
Hilarious and exciting. What more could you ask for?
review by . May 24, 2008
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Pros: A good flick with some interesting twists     Cons: Not hilarious like it was made out to be; excessive gore; long setup     The Bottom Line: It's not as funny as I thought it would be (but I was warned), but it still managed to be an oddly decent film.     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot. I recently rediscovered the magic that is the library—free rental on books, music, and CDs. Take that …
review by . March 04, 2008
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Officer Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) is London's top police officer. He's the best at everything he does and in just a few years on the force has achieved more than the rest of the department put together. He's an excellent officer, but is so good that he's making everyone around him look bad. He's given a promotion that virtually exiles him to the sleepy, dreamy village of Sandford. He's assigned Danny Butterman (Nick Frost) as his partner, a junior officer and son of the local police chief, Frank …
review by . March 08, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
British comedies remain an ilk of their own - smart, sassy, full of quips rendered so quickly that many are lost in the ether that propels the plot, and characters who often are such finely-honed parodies that they make us laugh at ourselves. HOT FUZZ is a fine example and it is a film brimming with a cast of some of England's finest talent who seem to be having as much fun as the viewing audience.    Sgt. Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) is one of London's finest new policemen, expecting …
review by . September 25, 2007
I couldn't help but to laugh throughout this film. The beginning of Hot Fuzz presents us with a cop called Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) who has the best arrest record in his station (400% better to be exact). But while in America this would be a cause for admiration and pats on the back, here it's bad form. He's making everyone else look bad. So therefore he's sent to the country, to a place that has no crime and a place that has won the village of the year competition. Which he later found himself …
review by . September 12, 2007
The creative forces behind the comedic take on zombie flicks, "Shaun of the Dead," give us their interpretation of "every action movie ever made" with "Hot Fuzz." Fans of "Dead" will immediately notice headliner Simon Pegg as Nicholas Angel, a London policeman who's excellence in service forces his superiors to ship him to a small country town in order to protect their own reputations. "Dead" fans will also recognize his bumbling sidekick played by Nick Frost. The duo quickly find plenty of trouble …
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InShaun of the Dead, it was the zombie movie and the anomie of modern life. InHot Fuzz, Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg set their sights on the buddy cop blockbuster and the eccentric English village. The two worlds collide when overachieving London officer Nicholas Angel (Pegg) is promoted to sergeant. The catch is that he's being transferred to Agatha Christie country. His superiors (the comic trifecta of Martin Campbell, Steve Coogan, and Bill Nighy) explain that he's making the rest of the force look bad. On the surface, Sandford is a sleepy little burg where the most egregious crimes, like loitering, are committed by hoody-sporting schoolboys. In truth, it's a hotbed ofWillow Man-style evil. Upon his arrival, Chief Butterman (Jim Broadbent) partners Angel with his daft son, Danny (Nick Frost, Pegg'sShaunco-star), who aspires to kick criminal "arse" like the slick duo inBad Boys II. When random citizens start turning up dead, he gets his chance. With the worshipful Danny at his side, Angel shows his cake-eating colleagues how things are done in the big city. As inShaun, their previous picture, Wright and Pegg hit their targets more often than not. With the success of that debut comes a bigger budget for car chases, shoot-outs, and fiery explosions. ThoughHot Fuzzearns its R-rating with salty language and grisly deaths, the tone is more good-natured than mean-spirited. A wall-to-wall soundtrack of boisterous British favorites, like the Kinks, T-Rex, ...
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DVD Release Date: July 31, 2007
Runtime: 121 minutes
Studio: Universal Studios

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