Tuesday 18th January 2022

Hot Fuzz (15)
Directed by: Edgar Wright
Reviewed by: Paul Fonz

Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) is the star of the London Metropolitan Police Service. His arrest record is second to none and if there is an opposite of a one man crime wave, he is it. The problem is, he's making the rest of the police officers look bad, so their only option is to assign him to the rural community of Sandford.

It's official: British cops are now cool
It's official: British cops are now cool

Hot Fuzz is basically a spoof of cop buddy films like Bad Boys, Tango & Cash or anything by Tony Scott, but the comedy comes from blending these exciting action packed American scenarios with everything mundane and boring about a quintessentially British village. As co-star Nick Frost says, it's "like a biscuit on the bonnet of a powerful muscle car".

Soon after arriving in Sandford, Angel teams up with his new partner (Nick Frost), renewing the partnership they have shared in Shaun of the Dead and TV's Spaced, and they start to uncover a sinister side to the sleepy village of Sandford. Of course, as the film slowly gets more and more ridiculous, so the number of car chases, explosions and gun fights increases.

Simon Pegg and director Edgar Wright have already proved that they are capable of creating excellent stories and characters, so the only question is: is Hot Fuzz funny? Well the answer is a resounding "yes". The humour bubbles along nicely throughout and frequently bursts out in to moments of genius and unbridled mirth. The references to Hollywood action film clichés are priceless and the pacing of the film is immaculate. Frost and Pegg are masters of comedic timing and are a pleasure to watch – in fact, this is one of the few films that I am desperate to see again, even though I have only just watched it! British comedy this good deserves to be supported.

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Length: 121 minutes
Certificate: 15
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Release Date: 14th February 2007

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