In their previous film, Shaun of the Dead, director Edgar Wright and co-writer Simon Pegg satirized the zombie movie and the drudgery of modern life. In their hilarious follow-up, Hot Fuzz, they set their sights on the Hollywood Buddy Cop Blockbusters and life in an eccentric English village. The two worlds collide when overachieving London police officer Nicholas Angel (Pegg) is promoted to sergeant. The catch is that he’s being transferred to Agatha Christie country, because as his superiors (the comic trifecta of Martin Freeman, Steve Coogan and Bill Nighy) explain, he’s making the rest of the force look bad.
“Blazingly funny! An exuberant, ultraviolent and uproarious satire.” – Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
On the surface, Sandford seems like a sleepy little burg where the most egregious crimes, like loitering, are committed by hoody-wearing children. In truth, it’s a hotbed of Wicker Man-style evil. Upon his arrival, Chief Butterman (Jim Broadbent) partners Angel with his daft son, Danny (Nick Frost), who aspired to “kick arse” like in Bad Boys II. When random citizens start turning up dead, he gets his chance. With the worshipful Danny at his side, Angel shows his cake-eating colleagues how things are done in the big city, leading to a deliriously funny action flick spoof complete with all the car chases, shoot-outs and fiery explosions Hollywood can provide! (Dir. by Edgar Wright, 2007, UK, 121 mins., Rated R)