Review: Hot Fuzz

Review: “Hot Fuzz”
Run time: 2:01

A “parody” or “satire” usually skewers the material on which it is based. The “Naked Gun” movies were extremely slapsticky and could be best described as “loose send ups” of police movies, where the case itself is hardly anything more than a reason to set Leslie Nielsen in glorious motion. “Hot Fuzz” is neither parody or satire, it is straight up brilliant. I love the British sense of humor because it is very straightfoward and direct without the mugging and wink-wink, tongue in cheek efforts to make it funny by accompanying a joke with a silly face or gesture.

From the same people that made “Shaun of the Dead”, “Hot Fuzz” is smart and funny, but never once tries to give off the feeling that it’s not meant to be a big budget, blow stuff up cop movie. The writing is sharp, the stars have obvious chemistry, and there are so many funny references to other cop movies (“Bad Boys 2”, “Point Break” to name a few) without being a “Scary Movie” type film. The plot is outlandish, and the gratuitous gore is hilarious, but aren’t big budget cops movies supposed to be that way?

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are the stars, and real life best friends offscreen. They play off each other so well and it translates to the film. Look for Peter Jackson as a knife wielding Santa Claus, and Cate Blanchett as Pegg’s girlfriend, Janine.

Rating: 5 out of 5

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