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Hot Fuzz

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
Movie Rating:
8 out of 10
Extras Rating:
8 out of 10
Movie Details:
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Rating: R

Starring:
Simon Pegg as Sergeant Nicholas Angel
Nick Frost as PC Danny Butterman
Bill Bailey as Sergeant Turner
Tim Barlow as Treacher
David Bradley as Mr. Webbley
Jim Broadbent as Inspector Frank Butterman
Adam Buxton as Tim Messenger
Olivia Colman as PC Doris Thatcher
Paddy Considine as DS Andy Wainwright
Steve Coogan as Metropolitan Police Inspector
Ron Cook as George Merchant
Timothy Dalton as Simon Skinner
Julia Deakin as Mary Porter
Kevin Eldon as Sergeant Tony Fisher
Patricia Franklin as Annette Roper
Martin Freeman as Metropolitan Desk Seargent
Paul Freeman as Reverend Philip Shooter
Alexander King as Aarron A Aarronson
Alice Lowe as Tina
Joseph McManners as Gabriel
Stephen Merchant as Peter Ian Staker
Bill Nighy as Metropolitan Chief Inspector Kenneth
Anne Reid as Leslie Tiller
Rafe Spall as DS Andy Cartwright
Billie Whitelaw as Joyce Cooper
Stuart Wilson as Dr. Robin Hatcher
Edward Woodward as Tom Weaver

Directed by Edgar Wright

Special Features:
Outtakes
Deleted Scenes with Filmmaker Commentary
The Man Who Would Be Fuzz: Simon Pegg and Nick Frost act out a hilarious "Hot Fuzz" scene as Sean Connery and Michael Caine!
Fuzz-O-Meter: Select this feature and the trivia meter will run as you watch the film
The Fuzzball Rally: US Tour Piece - Join Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright on their outrageous nationwide press tour
Audio Commentary with Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright
And Many More Hilarious Features!

Other Info:
Widescreen (2.35:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
French and Spanish Language
French and Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 2 Hours 1 Minute

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"Get ready for a gut-busting, outrageous comedy from the guys that created 'Shaun of the Dead.' Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) is a big-city cop who can't be stopped - but he's making everyone else on the force look bad. When he is reassigned to a small, quiet town, he struggles with this new, seemingly idyllic world and his bumbling partner (Nick Frost). But their dull existence is interrupted by several grisly and suspicious accidents, and the crime-fighting duo turn up the heat and hand out high-octane, car-chasing, gun-fighting, big-city justice in this hilarious hit critics are calling "Outrageous! Uproariously funny!" (Thelma Adams, US Weekly)."

"Hot Fuzz" is rated R for violent content including some graphic images, and language.

Mini-Review:
As a fan of "Shaun of the Dead," I was really eager to see "Hot Fuzz." Fortunately, it lived up to my expectations. If I had to describe it, I'd say it was an updated, darker version of "Dragnet" (the Aykroyd and Hanks version, not the TV show). You have your straight-laced, by-the-book cop teamed with the goof-off, slacker cop. In fact the plots of both films are quite similar beat by beat. Where "Hot Fuzz" really excels is in its fast-paced story, rapid fire jokes, and colorful cast of secondary characters. It even manages to briefly venture into the realm of horror as people are killed in grisly ways. The camera gives you full views as people are decapitated, have their heads crushed in, and worse.

The cast is perfect. Simon Pegg is fantastic as Sergeant Nicholas Angel. He leaves his "Shaun of the Dead" character far behind in this role. He's tough, determined, and no-nonsense as Angel. His frustration with the uncooperative townspeople and the inept Danny provide lots of funny moments. Nick Frost is similar to his "Shaun" character in this movie as PC Danny Butterman. He's bumbling and incompetent, but earnest and lovable. Supporting roles by Jim Broadbent, Timothy Dalton, and Cate Blanchett are also hilarious.

If you love cop comedies or are established fans of the "Shaun of the Dead" crew, then this movie is required viewing for you.

There's a generous selection of bonus features on this DVD. As you might expect, the Outtakes are hilarious as every cast member flubs lines and cracks jokes. You'll also find 20 minutes of Deleted Scenes with Filmmaker Commentary. Most of the scenes are throwaway moments, but a couple show a little more of a subplot with the 'hoodies', the young kids that vandalize the town. The Man Who Would Be Fuzz is a 35 second gag with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost acting out a scene as Sean Connery and Michael Caine. The Fuzzball Rally is a 28-minute featurette following Wright, Penn, and Pegg as they do their US tour. I'd say it's the highlight of the bonus features as you get an up close and personal look at the guys as they tour around. You see them going completely insane, and occasionally naked, as they do phone interviews. You also see them hit various film festivals, interviews, and screenings. Hot Funk shows the "TV Version" with the language toned down. The result is rather amusing. Danny's Notebook shows more of his animations drawn in his notebook. Rounding things out are an audio commentary, a trivia track, and trailers.

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