Hot Fuzz (R)

Film

Action & adventure

LOST ACTION HEROES Pegg, left, and Frost blaze up

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

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Time Out says

Thu Apr 19 2007

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

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Release details

Rated:

R

US release:

Fri Apr 20, 2007

Duration:

121 mins

Cast and crew

Cast:

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

Producer:

Eric Fellner, Nira Park, Tim Bevan

Screenwriter:

Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg

Cinematography:

Jess Hall

Director:

Edgar Wright

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