Distributed by: Rogue Pictures
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
A few years ago, I watched a hilarious zombie parody from the writing team of Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg called Shaun of the Dead. I thought it was hysterical. So when a friend told me about Hot Fuzz, a police parody from the same writing team, I couldn’t wait to check it out.
In Hot Fuzz, Simon Pegg is an exceptional London police officer, a force all unto his own in the law enforcement department named Nicholas Angel. Unfortunately, his amazing feats as a police officer are making the rest of the department look bad. The solution? Promote Angel to Sergeant and transfer him to languish away in the notoriously low on crime small, idyllic town of Sanford.
Angel bristles at the blatant move to get rid of him, but has no choice but to take the promotion. He quickly makes a name for himself by arresting a bunch of under-aged drinkers and a drunk driver on his first night in town. Unfortunately, the drunk driver is actually his new partner, PC Danny Butterman (Nick Frost), who also just happens to be the son of the town’s Police Inspector (Jim Broadbent).
Angel is frustrated with his new post and his bungling, awe-struck partner, but he tries to make the best of things, teaching Danny all he knows about the job. But when a series of “accidents” take place in Sanford, Angel becomes increasingly suspicious, especially when the Inspector and the detectives in the department all but refuse to see the incidents as anything but strange accidents. Angel decides that he will have to investigate these suspicious deaths himself, putting him at odds with his co-workers and just about everyone else in the town.
Think of every cop movie you have ever seen. Remember all of those crazy action moments where the main character dives across your screen guns a-blazing. Those improbable action moments when people survive impossible injuries or perform amazingly acrobatic stunts to catch their perp are all present in Hot Fuzz in parody form. Add to that the ridiculously bungling and oft times inappropriate behavior of the Sanford police force slamming headfirst into Officer Angel's stern, no nonsense attitude and you have one hilarious film.
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are an incredibly funny on-screen team and the writing is clever and bound to elicit a laugh or two. These guys are just naturally funny, but give them a decent script to play with and they'll have you bowling over with laughter. Even Timothy Dalton, normally a serious actor, has a lot of fun in his role as the local supermarket owner who does more than slash prices in his spare time. And that's what makes this movie so special - not just that it is so funny that tears were streaming down my face and I was holding my gut, but that the people who made the film truly seemed to have fun doing it. That is never more apparent than in the extras included on the DVD such as the outtakes and the US tour (The Fuzzball Rally).
From start to finish, Hot Fuzz is an incredibly funny British police parody that will leave you clutching your stomach and wiping the tears of laughter from your eyes. With each movie, the team of Wright, Pegg and Frost just keeps getting better. I can't wait to see what these guys come up with next.