Hot Fuzz

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LOST ACTION HEROES Pegg, left, and Frost blaze up.

It took an extra two weeks, but here it is: the year’s most ridiculously enjoyable bit of genre slumming. (Sorry, Quentin and Robert.) If you remember Edgar Wright’s 2004 zom-com Shaun of the Dead, you’ll know his affection for conventions goes deeper than mere scratches. Even his two-minute contribution to Grindhouse, “Don’t,” displays more winning vulnerability than the rest of that mess. Now Wright turns his geek-hero surrogate, actor Simon Pegg (who also cowrote the script with the director), into a ramrod, slightly absurd supercop, Nicholas Angel, demoted from his manic London patrolling to a post in a sleepy rural hamlet.

Angel’s new duties include rousting underage drinkers and running down an escaped swan. But mayhem seems to follow him anyway; he’s teamed with chubby junior constable Danny (Shaun’s appealing Frost), who’s in awe of his new hero. Wright cuts it all—even the paperwork—into a hyperadrenalized montage, creating a knowing parody of Bruckheimer badassedness. But elevating the film above simple spoofery is a subtle yet moving sense of British pride (supported by a rich cast of U.K.’s finest): Hot Fuzz screams its love, frame by frame, for Bad Boys II and John Woo, yet gets to action nirvana on its own self-mocking Blighty terms. Nervous yet, Hollywood? Better make room for a few more lads. (Opens Fri; Click here for venues.) — Joshua Rothkopf

Release details

Rated: R
Release date: Friday April 20 2007
Duration: 121 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Edgar Wright
Screenwriter: Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright
Cast: Roy Porter
Timothy Dalton
Ken Cranham
Kevin Eldon
Steve Coogan
Karl Johnson
Paddy Considine
Bill Bailey
Martin Freeman
Simon Pegg
Jim Broadbent
Nick Frost
Edward Woodward
Rafe Spall
Anne Reid
Olivia Colman