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Hot Fuzz
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Directed By
Edgar Wright

Written By:
Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright

Cast:
Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Bill Bailey, David Bradley, Jim Broadbent, Paddy Considine, Steve Coogan, Ron Cook, Timothy Dalton, Julia Deakin, Martin Freeman, Paul Freeman, Bill Nighy, Anne Reid, Rafe Spall, Billie Whitelaw, Stuart Wilson, Edward Woodward, Olivia Colman, Adam Buxton, Stephen Merchant, Tim Barlow, Kevin Eldon, Lucy Punch, Patricia Franklin, Alexander King, Alice Lowe, Joseph McManners

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Hot Fuzz (2007)
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Movie Review by Zara
April 21st, 2007

"Two blokes and a f*ckload of cutlery"

There's something that the British are able to do which the Americans have never and probably will never grasp. How to properly apply tongue firmly in the depth of their cheeks.

The reason why SHAUN OF THE DEAD was such a brilliant movie was that while mocking and essentially making a parody of zombie movies, they were able to respect the genre at the same time. Their zombies were properly scary while also making a fantastic social commentary as to the numbing of society's collective brain.

HOT FUZZ pulls off this delicate balance as well. While the biggest laughs in the entire film are while the actors are deeply entrenched in the most high octane of action sequences, this is not entirely a comedy. The movie takes its time to set up a proper story, giving a sh*t about its characters and not just constructing them to suit the purpose of making fun of a genre.

Because of that, people (and when I say people, I mean American people) are going to find fault with portions of the flick. The moments when they are slower going are not going to be recognized for the superb setups that they are and most likely will be viewed as the weak points in the film.

But observed as a whole, HOT FUZZ pulls off in a few sluggish moments what took Johnny Depp and crew to do in an entire film. They create the necessary tension that later amounts to an audience full of people laughing so hard that they're wiping tears out of the corners of their eyes and clapping their praise riotously.

Simon Pegg does such a fantastic job of dialing down the character that he familiarized audiences with in SHAUN that most people will be surprised that he does "serious" so well. (Again, when I say people I mean Americans since we seem to have a bad habit of getting actors out of the stereotypes that we peg them for in order to feel more comfortable with what's up on the big screen.) Nick Frost delves deeper than being just the doofus funny guy, this time being more sweet natured than ham handed like he was in SHAUN.

Overall this is a movie that is packed with solid performances, extremely witty dialog and a firm knowledge of the genre that they are covering. It's a comedy but not really. It's an action flick but not really.

It's a damn f*cking good movie.

Really.

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Movie Addict
Apr 21, 2007 6:02 AM
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It's not fair. Those of us who live in the hinterlands don't get this flick this week. I guess it'll play next week.
Zara
Apr 21, 2007 3:15 PM
 
When you get a chance, spend the money on it. We went to a night time showing and it was well worth paying full price for.

Xavier
Apr 21, 2007 4:35 PM
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Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Zara
Apr 21, 2007 5:01 PM
 
YARRRRRP!

Zombie Boy
Apr 21, 2007 4:53 PM
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You can crush on Edgar Wright all you want to, just keep your damn hands off my man, Nick Frost!
Zara
Apr 21, 2007 5:02 PM
 
Yes, it's rare that I would even consider someone to be in the ranks of my QT, but EW is wedging his way in there.

Lisa
Apr 24, 2007 11:16 AM
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"Oh f*ck off, grasshopper".......Well I fianlly got to watch it and f*ck me was it ever good......I'd review it myself if I wasn't as giddy as a Catholic priest at a soccer game, I'm even considering ditching work to go watch it again.
Zara
Apr 24, 2007 3:14 PM
 
You should review it anyway! We need as many 5 stars as possible to counterbalance a possible negative review from Fat Boy.

Zombie Boy
Apr 28, 2007 9:53 PM
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My comment gets priority, so nana nana poo poo!

Anyway, check this out: http://imdb.com/name/nm0029487/

The music supervisor on SotD and Hot Fuzz, among many others, is names Nick Angel. Whatcha make of that?
Zombie Boy
Apr 28, 2007 9:54 PM
 
Er...named.
Zara
Apr 29, 2007 12:01 AM
 
Actually, in your honour, I forced my sisters to sit through the entirety of the credits and I DID notice that. But I can't be expected to remember everything. sh*t... you've heard me talk, you know how I am.

Chris
Oct 8, 2007 6:47 PM
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This movie annoyed me. It was slow, boring and most of all not that funny. I respect that you like it though.

F A B
Apr 21, 2007 12:10 PM
 
Hey The terrific trio are at it again!!!I've only heard good buzz surrounding this one from the get go....and now with such a huge endorsement I guess I'm stamping my ticket today!!
Zara
Apr 21, 2007 3:16 PM
 
The movie most definitely lives up to the buzz.

Penny
May 11, 2007 3:30 AM
 
Now if I could only get you to stop quoting this movie all the time at work!



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