Hot Fuzz (2007)

Made me really want to watch ‘Bad Boys II’. I never want to feel like that again.

Police Constable, Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) is good at his job, so good in fact, he makes everyone else look bad. As a result, his superiors at the Met have decided to sweep him under the carpet. So it is that London’s top cop finds himself in the sleepy West Country village of Sandford, where everything is a little too nice…

That synopsis doesn’t sound like anything too special but trust me, when you have the creative minds of Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg working together, special is what you get.

The film is an obvious homage to all of the fun-loving buddy cop films of the 70s, 80s, 90s, and today, but it also seems like it has a lot of love for the genre too. What’s so funny about this movie is that almost every scene features something goofy going on whether it’s a slight visual gag, recurring joke that seems to pop up everywhere, and in-jokes that will test your movie geekdom to it’s full limits. You’ll hear somebody utter a phrase or line-for-line dialogue from another flick or you’ll even see a scene from another recreated here and if you don’t get it right away, it’s not that funny, but if you do get it (like I did), you’ll be laughing your ass off the whole time. What was also rare about this comedy was that almost every jokes stays here in this flick and somehow finds it way of popping up later on in the flick and tying altogether with the plot.

Everybody knows how a cop movie goes but this film loves to toy around with that idea and just make it even more fun to actually watch them. Of course they mess around with the cliches and conventions that usually come with these types of films but it’s not all about that, these guys really do love these films and show how much fun they can be even if they are referring to such “classics” as ‘Point Break’ or ‘Bad Boys II’. If you don’t get the joke with that last statement then this surely is not the film for you. Then again though, a lot of this humor is very British in its own way, which I usually don’t understand but other times I do and laugh my ass off at so it’s sort of strange with me.

My only problem with this flick is that when the action comes around here, and it does come around big-time, they over-do the whole “shaky cam” element a little too much. I get that this flick was obviously trying to make a little joke about the constant zooming in-and-out and the shakiness of the action movie cameras, but the action would have been so much better if they didn’t feel the need to resort to this and just give me a head-ache. It’s a minor complaint but a complaint none the less.

Simon Pegg plays Nicholas Angel, but not in a Simon Pegg-ish way though, he’s actually very much the straight guy and let’s everybody else do the humor which was a very smart idea. Pegg does have an occasional few moments where he lets loose just a bit but he’s not the usual, cheeky guy we all know and love him for in other flicks. He may not be the easiest to like here but that provides a lot of love for Nick Frost as his likable cop-buddy, Danny. Frost is such a joy to watch here and brings home the laughs just about every opportunity he gets and the chemistry between the both of them are always great no matter what flick they’re in and that’s no different here. These guys are pure comic gold when they are with each other no matter what it is that they do and I hope they never stop at it either.

The rest of the cast is also a lot of fun and features a lot of familiar faces playing against type. Former 007 Timothy Dalton was absolutely hilarious as the dude who owns the local supermarket, and drops down the lamest but funniest puns I’ve ever heard considering they go so well with everything else that’s going on here; Jim Broadbent is very goofy, as he should be with his performance here as the Sandford’s chief of police; and there are so many others here that make this flick work and I honestly don’t want to spoil them but you’ll see what I’m talking about once they pop-up.

Consensus: Hot Fuzz is a lovable, entertaining, and very funny homage to the buddy-cop genre with plenty of in-jokes and hilarious performances and cameos that will just make the film better and more impressive as it goes along.

9/10=Full Price!!


  1. Love Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Edgar Wright. Brilliant team. The detail they put in their films is amazing. Always something small thrown in in every scene. If you haven’t listened/watched the commentary for the movie, you may want to check that out (same with Shaun of the Dead). Wright and Pegg get incredibly nerdy on them.

    And Timothy Dalton kinda stole the movei for me. So glad that he was apart of this.

  2. Great review as always, man.

    I kinda dug how this flick starts as a buddy cop homage, stays that way for most of the flick, then turns into an homage of the 1960s Hammer films. Good stuff.

  3. This is such a great movie. Always fun to watch. And it made me wonder why I have never fired an entire clip into the air like Keanu Reeves in “Point Break.”

  4. Agreed, awesome flick. Just getting in to the Brit series “Spaced” starring Simon Pegg on Netflix from the late 90s/early 00s. You can see the evolution of his brand of humor there. Hot Fuzz is definitely 9/10 if not 10.

  5. I enjoyed this quite a bit. My favorite little joke is a TV newsperson announcing in the background at one point that crime had risen in London by 40%. One of the things we were told at the beginning about Pegg’s character is he had reduced crime by 40%, so sending him to the country had a negative effect.

  6. Hot Fuzz is a fantastic homage to buddy cop films and it’s freakin hilarious. Plenty of references AND recurring gags of its own. When it comes to Edgar Wright/Simon Pegg movies I think I like it better than Shaun of the Dead. Every time I watch it, I’m surprised by how dark of a comedy it is. Only the British could get away with satirical murder. Timothy Dalton is a joy to watch. If you like him as a bad guy, I also recommend watching The Rocketeer if you’ve never seen it.

  7. LOVE this film, you’ve done it justice with this review here Dan. For sure! It makes me laugh every single time I see it. In fact, I think I need to revisit it soon. Haven’t seen it in a while.

    It is a very British film, but glad it still translates well to the other side of the pond. Can’t wait for the next Cornetto film!

    (Oh and agreeing with Tim the Film Guy’s comment – you need to check out Spaced. Like these guys’ films, it’s a haven for any film/tv geek!)

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