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Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost | Theatrical release: 2007 | Rating: R (MPAA)
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Movie synopsis
Pop culture sponges Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost team up again for HOT FUZZ, their follow-up to the surprise hit movie SHAUN OF THE DEAD. HOT FUZZ follows a near-identical formula to its predecessor, simply replacing the various homages to horror movies by heaping on the adulation for action flicks such as POINT BREAK and BAD BOYS II (both of which are referenced throughout). The plot finds outstanding London-based police officer Nicholas Angel (Pegg) transplanted to a rural English village. On arrival, Angel teams up with the oaf-like PC Danny Butterman (Frost) and together they investigate a series of mysterious murders, all of which are classed as "accidents" by the increasingly strange townsfolk. Director Wright combines gory set-pieces with traditional action-movie staples: mustachioed detectives in sunglasses, corny one-liners, rapid machine-gun fire, and blood-spattered fight scenes all feature heavily. References to other movies come thick and fast throughout, and HOT FUZZ will have film fans' memories working overtime as they try to catch all the allusions to Pegg/Wright/Frost's favorite films. A veritable Who's Who of British comedy provides support, with Martin Freeman (THE OFFICE), Bill Bailey (BLACK BOOKS), Steve Coogan (I'M ALAN PARTRIDGE), and Olivia Colman (PEEP SHOW) in small roles, and there's even space in the cast for serious actors like Timothy Dalton and Paddy Considine. HOT FUZZ eases up on the humor of SHAUN OF THE DEAD and often threatens to topple over into Chuck Norris territory, but Wright manages to insert enough gags to keep the balance just about perfect, providing a fitting, amusing, and occasionally touching homage to cinema's action heroes.

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  • Edition: Full Frame
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Film Country: United Kingdom
  • UPC: 025193327420

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Genre:Comedies
Format:DVD
Display Format:Full Frame

Director:Edgar Wright
Leading Role:Simon Pegg, Nick Frost
eBay Product ID: EPID60576420

Editorial reviews

3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] churning blender of gags, mugs, kinks, quirks, sneaks, nods, wink-winks, zingers and stingers that thunders along..."
Total Film - Andy Lowe (04/01/2007)

3 stars out of 4 -- "[D]eeply nuts and exhaustingly hilarious..."
Premiere - Glenn Kenny (04/01/2007)

"Full blooded as the action is, Wright and Pegg's comedic verve and detail-conscious writing shine through..."
Sight and Sound - Sight and Sound Critic (04/01/2007)

3 stars out of 4 -- "You can't beat these Brits for blood lust and belly laughs....It's a blast."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (04/19/2007)

"[A] very funny cop comedy....These guys are as much A-level scholars of movie genre conventions as their better-known, better-hyped Stateside colleagues Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez..." -- Grade: B+
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum (04/27/2007)

"Mr. Pegg and Mr. Frost, who played best buddies in SHAUN OF THE DEAD, have an easy, believable rapport....Think of it as THE FULL MONTY blown to smithereens."
New York Times - Manohla Dargis (04/18/2007)

"In director Edgar Wright and Pegg's tight script, the humor works on several levels....Best is Wright's slick style, with quick cuts that move the action along at a clip."
Box Office - Annlee Ellingson (05/01/2007)

4 stars out of 5 -- "HOT FUZZ is pure fun from start to finish and is so chock full of blink-and-you'll-miss-it gags that it's endlessly watchable."
Ultimate DVD - Chris Prince (06/29/2007)

3 stars out of 5 -- "[F]illed with gentle British laughs and chaotic American ultraviolence....[HOT FUZZ] knows who it's shooting for and picks them off expertly."
Uncut - Uncut Staff (08/01/2007)

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Created: 07/10/07

Absolutely Side-Hurting Hilarious !!!!

Having successfully sent up the Zombie film in the delightfully daft "Shaun of the Dead", Writer/Director Edgar Wright, Writer/Actor Simon Pegg and actor Nick Frost is back.
This time, the gang sets its sights on the action movie with the wild, wonderful, and completely hysterical "Hot Fuzz". It is only April, too early to start talking about "Best-Ofs" for 2007, but this perfectly executed piece sets the bar awfully high for every other comedy destined to come out this year. It is nothing short of genius.
The movie takes on a wide range of targets, most particularly the oeuvre of Jerry Bruckheimer and others of that ilk; also the singularly British Village Murder Mystery with shades of Agatha Christie with a HUGE nod to "The Wicker Man". There is even a blink-and-you-miss-it reference to "Chinatown".
Wright and Pegg have taken all of these touchstones and flawlessly synthesized them into a loopy fish-out-of-water tale.
London Cop Nicholas Angel (Pegg), with his multiple Citations for Heroism and gaudy arrest record (400% higher than average), is making the rest of the 'Force' look bad. As his reward, he is promoted to Sergeant and transferred to tiny Sandford, a bucolic village where a Swan on the loose might end up being the biggest case of the year.
Not that the little town does not fear crime.
Tom Weaver (Edward Woodward) heads the Neighborhood Alliance, a watch group that keeps the entire place under 24/7 video surveillance, keeping a particular eye out for loitering teens ("hoodies") and street performers, such as the "Living Statue." If he isn't stamped out, Weaver fears, "We'll be up to our balls in jugglers." - LOL
In short, Sandford is a nightmare for a Type-A hard case like Angel. It does not help that with the exception of fatherly Inspector Frank Butterman (Jim Broadbent) and his dim-witted Constable son, Danny (Frost), other cops delight in tweaking him.
Angel is bored and unhappy, but just about the time that Danny introduces him to the delights of American Action Movies, such as "Point Break" and "Bad Boys II", a series of seeming accidents leads him to believe that a killer is on the loose. Could the lack of any real crime be making Angel mental or is life in Sandford not nearly as peaceful as it seems?
"Hot Fuzz" piles on the references to other films, but they are so seamlessly integrated that even someone walking into the theater without a real familiarity with those movies is likely to get the joke. It is hard not to laugh when a poker-faced, completely humorless soul like Angel is put in the position of chasing waterfowl; and it only gets better as Sandford does its work on him and, despite himself, Angel starts to evolve.
Once again, Pegg and Frost prove that they are one dynamic duo, opposing personalities that produce amiable chemistry and pitch-perfect timing.
Wright appears to be having the time of his life, directing a series of action set pieces in the most unlikely of settings that ape their deadly serious and much bigger budget Hollywood counterparts.
Try not to speed too much on the way to your local multiplex, lest Nick Angel pull you over but absolutely DO NOT miss this !! Race to see and get "Hot Fuzz". It's a supremely arresting comedy !!!!
5-STAR !!!! ***** PERFECT !!!!

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Created: 12/19/09

Here Come the FUZZ!!!

For what it sets out to accomplish, on a scale of 1 to 10, Hot Fuzz, the comedy from the guys who gave us Shaun of the Dead wraps in at about a 22. In fact, setting all saturated British humor influences and Action Movie parodying aside; this movie is simply a good old fashioned blast. You'd have to be a scrooge at heart not to enjoy this movie.

The premise is pretty simple. You have a hot-shot star police officer who at the same time comes across as being a bit of a goof-ball with a poker face. The movie opens brilliantly with many extended cuts and stylish edits, meant intentionally to mimic and parody most American action films of the last 20 years or so. The officer is transferred to a seemingly honest small English town where everyone knows each other and who appeared out of some skit that would feel right at home in a Monty Python movie. The cops of the town have doubts that any funny business goes on, but our hero is bent on fighting crime and destroying whatever indecency exists.

While being paired up with a lovably dumb and slightly over-weight partner, he soon discovers that the town is full of people who are actually members of a clandestine organization who dress up like monsters from The Lord of the Rings (hell bent on bringing so called order to their town by inflicting chaos and seemingly accidental murders). This leads to many gags, quotable lines and a sort of extended hilarious cameo by former James Bond player Timothy Dalton.

I don't wish to give away any of the smart punch lines or the last 40 minutes of the movie (Which is an absolute blast by the way from start to finish). To top it all off, the movie is fast paced, frenetic and hip, full of high speed chases, gun battles and explosions galore, not to mention a bit of gratuitous gore here or there (believe it). Despite all this, the movie is more than a kind of showcase for comedy or technique, everything fits together perfectly not just at the whim of farce, it works for the story and characters; and far more importantly, the near perfect screenplay. I cannot recommend Hot Fuzz enough, it’s simply the most fun I've had at the movies in a long time, and if that isn't considered worthy of being funny, I don't know what is.

One thing is for sure, I'd prefer movies like this to the constant comedy dribble Hollywood manages to put out it seems like every other week. Simon Pegg puts all of those movies to utter shame... I'd forgive Will Ferrel for his great turn in dramas like Stranger than Fiction though

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Created: 08/18/07

Riotously Funny

Hot Fuzz is a funny movie that I highly recommend. Hot Fuzz is done in the same vein as other spoof comedies like Not Another Teen Movie and Date Movie. However, much like Shawn of the Dead and made by the same folks, this British comedy (Britcom) starts off a on the less punny side and builds into the references with a sort of reverence for the old classics instead of just poking fun at them.

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost shine in this buddy comedy. Simon Pegg portrays Nicholas Angel an over the top cop who gets put out to pasture by London police department for making the rest of them look bad. When Officer Angel begrudgingly goes out to the suburbs he continues in his overzealousness until he is befriended by Nick Frost's character Danny Butterman. Just as Officer Angel is about to relax he becomes entangles with the towns dark secret and hilarity ensues.

A fun thing to do with these kind of movies is to try and name each movie that they are spoofing as the show progresses. There are quite a lot of them so enjoy.

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Created: 08/18/07

Hot Fuzz a Hot Comedy

My husband bought Hot Fuzz, and it just sounded totally unappealing. I mean, like Sgt Angel, I find the word "fuzz" to be just....disrespectful. So I figured another night watching some lame arse so-called comedy.

When I found it out was a Brit-com, though, my ears perked up, and when I found out it was the same crew from Shaun of the Dead, I was ready to watch.

The movie starts out kind of slow, and not much better than a generic American comedy, but we were having fun playing "gosh, who was that?" This film is chock full of British actors you've seen, but can't quite place, including Filch, The Equalizer, and others.

The one that I completely didn't recognize, and who blew me away, was Bond-stallion Timothy Dalton, who just gloriously chewed through the role of a shady, menacing grocery store owner.

About a third into the movie, I started laughing, and was still laughing when the credits rolled, and even afterwards. Funniest movie I've seen in a long, looooong time. Hot Fuzz lampoons everything, and everyone.

In the spirit of Shaun of the Dead, there's a lot of very creative gore, but completely in fun and silliness. I can't say my favorite scenes for fear I'll ruin it for someone else, but I tell you what. These actors had a blast making this movie, and it shows.

This was not only a funny movie, but a FUN movie to watch. I envy these guys. They seem to really enjoy their job, and I enjoyed watching them enjoy it. When oh when will their next one be out? I can't wait!!!!

A funny funny movie. Will be forcing it on all my friends and demanding they watch.

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Created: 07/16/07

Shaun of the Dead Lovers Must See!!

After splitting my guts watching Shaun of the Dead I couldnt wait for the release of Hot Fuzz since it comprises of some of the same cast.

So it was with both great excitement and the apprehension of living upto one of my favourite spoofs that I walked into the screening. But, as it turns out, I had nothing to worry about because Hot Fuzz exceeded all my expectations.

It’s just as hysterical as all previous spoofs—and maybe even more so. The humor is dark and clever —and there’s plenty of it. And Hot Fuzz still has its share of Wright’s shockingly wacky violence, without the zombies. Along with the loiterers and underage drinkers, there’s also a mysterious, black-caped villain, who resorts to beheadings, explosions, and any other means necessary.

Despite the hints about the murderer along the way, you’ll still be in for an amusing surprise or two before the whole thing ends, just as it should—in classic over-the-top cop-movie style.

With its non-stop action and comedy, Hot Fuzz keeps you on your seat till the very end. And it doesn’t hurt that Pegg and Frost have great comic chemistry. Pegg makes a brilliant straight man, and Frost is hilarious as his dim-witted but ever-eager sidekick. Together, they make Hot Fuzz quite possibly the funnies cop movie around today.

And don't forget to watch the extra's on the DVD!

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