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Cast
Simon Pegg
Nick Frost
Jim Broadbent
Timothy Dalton.
Directors
Edgar Wright.
Screenwriters
Edgar Wright
Simon Pegg.
Running Time
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Hot Fuzz
The Shaun Of The Dead team weave their magic with our boys in blue.


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Plot
PC Nicholas Angel (Pegg) is London’s best policeman. In fact, he’s so good that his superiors ‘promote’ him to a sleepy village where he can’t make them look bad. But as the locals start getting bumped off, it seems the village is not so sleepy after all.


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Hot Fuzz
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It’s a tricky thing, a cult hit. How do you follow it up? Do you ride the hype, go Hollywood and risk being called a sell-out? Or stay small and potentially confine yourself to ‘Also Out’ columns for the rest of your days? The Shaun Of The Dead team has aimed for a point precisely between the two, and if they haven’t quite hit the bullseye, they’ve come extremely close.

Hot Fuzz has a much harder job to do than Shaun. Zombies overrunning the suburbs and being fought off by a pair of layabouts armed only with arrested development and on-demand flatulence is an obviously ripe idea. Big-city policeman gets sent to the leafy land of cream teas and women’s institutes? It all sounds a bit too Heartbeat to get the heart racing. Fuzz never quite achieves the boundless creativity of Shaun, but Wright and Pegg throw every joke they have at the concept until they tickle the audience into giddy submission.

The vast share of the appeal is down to the laidback chemistry between Pegg and Frost. After almost a decade together they’re clearly so comfortable in each other’s presence that they feel no need to fight for the punchline, making them terrific company for two hours. It’s initially strange to see eternal pratfaller Pegg playing the straight man, and the first 20 minutes pass slightly sluggishly as we’re introduced to his Nicholas Angel, the kind of humourless jobsworth you’d studiously avoid at the office party. Alone he’s a bit of an irritating do-gooder, but once he meets bumpkin officer PC Danny Butterman (Frost), his dull stoicism becomes the perfect comic foil for Frost, who effortlessly trundles off with the show.

Danny is an endearing, pie-eyed, sugared-up puppy of a man, packed tightly with one-liners that you’ll be quoting long after your friends have stopped speaking to you because you won’t shut the hell up.

Wright and Pegg’s talent with incidental character quirks extends to the rest of the villagers; they may be archetypes, but they’re very funny archetypes. Paddy Considine and Rafe Spall get a lot of mileage out of relatively little screen time as a pair of bellicose inspectors; Anne Reid turns a single vocal tic into one of the film’s best scenes and Timothy Dalton is so sneeringly, uproariously suspicious that he might as well be twirling his moustache, stroking a white cat and ending all his lines with “Mwa-ha-ha”. We could go on, but word counts forbid.

Wright is not just in this for the comedy, however; he wants to be an action director too. He’s certainly far from a slouch in this department, but by boldly referencing the films of Michael Bay, Tony Scott and Kathryn Bigelow he’s setting himself a high benchmark — okay, maybe marginally less so with Bigelow. He strikes a confident balance between the laughs and stunts, and his action hits have plenty of bang and flashy editing, but he does lack the ultra-cool ‘I wish I was that guy’ moments that mark out a great action set-piece. Yet if Hot Fuzz can only boast of being a good action movie, it is confidently a great comedy.


Verdict
Even without the inspired idea of Shaun Of The Dead it’s an easy match for laughs, and marks Nick Frost as a vital part of this team’s appeal. The boys (now in blue) have done it again.


Reviewed by Olly Richards


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Here comes the Fuzz

The second installment of the Cornetto Trilogy (of course ending with Worlds End) has a different approach to comedy than the first one (a Zomedy). Ex-Army trooper and London Cop Sgt.Nicholas Angel is moved to the small town in the country for being to good for the rest of the force. Where he meets the lovabley stupid Danny Butterman whos folllows all of Angels words (almost) exactly. Simon Pegg plays a very convincing emotionless man, while Nick Frost of course plays the pathetic and stupid... More

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Posted by silence1 at 13:20, 15 July 2013 | Report This Post


Here comes the Fuzz

The second installment of the Cornetto Trilogy (of course ending with Worlds End) has a different approach to comedy than the first one (a Zomedy). Ex-Army trooper and London Cop Sgt.Nicholas Angel is moved to the small town in the country for being to good for the rest of the force. Where he meets the lovabley stupid Danny Butterman whos folllows all of Angels words (almost) exactly. Simon Pegg plays a very convincing emotionless man, while Nick Frost of course plays the pathetic and stupid... More

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Posted by silence1 at 13:20, 15 July 2013 | Report This Post


Great film

The second film in the trilogy reunites Wright, Pegg and Frost among other cast members. This film is classic, packed with hilarious gags, great action and an all star cast. Lots of great cameo's also, from Martin Freeman to Stephen Merchant the list goes on. The third film will be tough to beat this epic comedy, the greatest British film ever. Well done Wright and co, a comedy epic that just gets better after every watch. A must watch. ... More

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Posted by reaper996 at 23:08, 02 September 2012 | Report This Post


Hot Fuzz Review

The brilliant minds behind Shaun of the Dead successfully take a shot at the buddy cop genre with Hot Fuzz. The result is a bitingly satiric and hugely entertaining parody. ... More

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Posted by the film man at 01:42, 29 February 2012 | Report This Post


Hot Fuzz Review

The brilliant minds behind Shaun of the Dead successfully take a shot at the buddy cop genre with Hot Fuzz. The result is a bitingly satiric and hugely entertaining parody. ... More

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Posted by the film man at 01:42, 29 February 2012 | Report This Post


Well Made And Entertaining

Thoroughly enjoyable. Very much preferred this to Shaun Of The Dead. This is intelligent, sharp and witty ... More

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Posted by blaud at 22:49, 06 October 2010 | Report This Post


Well Made And Entertaining

Thoroughly enjoyable. Very much preferred this to Shaun Of The Dead. This is intelligent, sharp and witty ... More

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Posted by blaud at 22:49, 06 October 2010 | Report This Post


Classic

Gags are funny. Action is awsome. Dalton is amazing. Gives you everything you would expect. ... More

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Posted by bnicholson50 at 20:04, 20 August 2010 | Report This Post


Ice cream. generic film types and another Pegg/Wright classic!

So maybe it could never reach the heady hights of Shaun, but hell, it comes close ...really close! ... More

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Posted by SkullKassidy at 01:01, 08 March 2009 | Report This Post


Best British Comedy Ever

great cast, story, director, jokes and well just an all round brilliant film if you have seen it you know just how good this film is. ... More

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Posted by THE DALTONATOR at 07:48, 25 January 2009 | Report This Post


The bit I keep sniggering about to myself is when the inspectors (Considine and Spall) still don't believe there's foul play afoot even when it's insanely glaringly obvious. An unusual angle for comedy. And Dalton shoulda got an oscar. ... More

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Posted by Pat Roach at 06:19, 12 October 2008 | Report This Post


RE: So Funny!

This is a mad dog movie, funny as, stupid as aswell, hilarious, humurous and all around laughable movie.  With silly, and funny action sequences and people. super cool movie, 5 stars ... More

Posted by Wessing at 16:10, 10 July 2008 | Report This Post


RE: So Funny!

Saw this last night and thought it was great, really funny with some great comic moments. I have to admit, I laughed more than my husband who is Argentinian....maybe it loses something in translation??? He thought Shaun Of the Dead was funnier and I think on reflection, so do I.       ... More

Posted by Newander at 22:31, 13 June 2008 | Report This Post


So Funny!

I loved Shaun Of The Dead and when Hot Fuzz came out, it looked funny and action packed. So I got the DVD on the day it came out and watched with awe, laughing out loud and bloody action! The top leads are once again are a good duo, you go along with them and laugh along the way. There are so many scenes that me and my sister speak about because it's that good. I was a little shocked about the bloody action, it was very graphic but like I care. I loved it and I would watch it again. The gang hav... More

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Posted by joanna likes films at 08:58, 30 April 2008 | Report This Post


Brilliant

This film starring Pegg and Frost is much more funnier and more action packed(and less gory) then their first film together 'Shawn of the Dead'. With a lot of humour filling audiences with laughter and many action sequences, it is well worth seeing and is true to it's star rating. And even the DVD extras are really good to watch. ... More

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Posted by Jon walker27 at 10:26, 20 April 2008 | Report This Post


BRILLIANT

The lads have managed to do it again this is a brilliant movie and is a great laugh.Best action comedy i have seen in a long time. ... More

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Posted by Hedgehog Nolan at 17:39, 08 April 2008 | Report This Post


RE: Hot Fuzz

People disagree with me, but I think that Hot Fuzz was better than Shaun Of The Dead. As HarryCaul said, " Quite simply brilliant. "I agree!!  ... More

Posted by CocoIndiana at 22:45, 03 April 2008 | Report This Post


Hot Fuzz.

Write this down: This is THE FUNNIEST FILM EVER. Along with: Little Miss Sunshine, The Darjeeling Limited, Boogie Nights and Borat. ... More

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Posted by nc_jj at 05:04, 21 March 2008 | Report This Post


Hot Fuzz.

Write this down: This is THE FUNNIEST FILM EVER. Along with: Little Miss Sunshine, The Darjeeling Limited, Boogie Nights and Borat. ... More

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Posted by nc_jj at 05:04, 21 March 2008 | Report This Post


RE: Funny, but not enough

I saw this film with high expectations after watching Shaun of the Dead and it certainly didnt disappoint.   hilarious through out with some of the best one-liners of the year. the characters were brilliant especially the Pegg/Frost relationship.   The action was well done and still managed to be funny.   nothing bad worth saying, an easy 5 stars! ... More

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Posted by MathewRed at 20:52, 10 February 2008 | Report This Post


Best Action-Brit-Cop flick ever (its the only one)

Hilarious dialogue, clever brilliant humour, and stylish tongue-in-cheek gun-blazing action. My personal favourite touch is all the nods to famous Hollywood directors and their styles like Tony Scott and Michael Bay. A Flat-out hilarous wicked film. One of my favourites of 2007. ... More

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Posted by alsybroth at 14:03, 03 February 2008 | Report This Post


Best Action-Brit-Cop flick ever (its the only one)

Hilarious dialogue, clever brilliant humour, and stylish tongue-in-cheek gun-blazing action. My personal favourite touch is all the nods to famous Hollywood directors and their styles like Tony Scott and Michael Bay. A Flat-out hilarous wicked film. One of my favourites of 2007. ... More

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Posted by alsybroth at 14:03, 03 February 2008 | Report This Post


RE: Hot Fuzz

wicked movie, loved every second of itggrin.gif] ... More

Posted by Chloe 22 at 16:15, 02 February 2008 | Report This Post


It's a lot more funny when you can actually relate to the things that happen in it... Well, maybe not the shoot-out or deaths, but the locals and their ideas are brilliant and almost dead (no pun intended) on reality, but obviously with the genius comic slant... Personally, it's better than Shaun, not because it's less funny (because it is less funny), but because it offers a lot more with less material. True recent classic... 5 ... More

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Posted by Gibbibo at 11:52, 31 January 2008 | Report This Post


Cranberry Juice? Bah!!!!

This is a very funny that lacks nothing. The jokes never quite reach hilarity, but there's more than enough in here to give you a chuckle. definitely one of the funniest films of 2007 ... More

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