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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.
Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Bill Bailey, Jim Broadbent, James Broadbent, Olivia Colman, Paddy Considine, Steve Coogan, Timothy Dalton, Kevin Eldon, Martin Freeman, Bill Nighy, Edward Woodward
3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] churning blender of gags, mugs, kinks, quirks, sneaks, nods, wink-winks, zingers and stingers that thunders along..."
3 stars out of 4 -- "[D]eeply nuts and exhaustingly hilarious..."
"Full blooded as the action is, Wright and Pegg's comedic verve and detail-conscious writing shine through..."
Sight and Sound
3 stars out of 4 -- "You can't beat these Brits for blood lust and belly laughs....It's a blast."
"[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+
"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
"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."
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."
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."
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