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HOT FUZZ
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Reviewed by: Ryan Doom

Directed by: Edgar Wright

Starring:
Simon Pegg
Nick Frost
Timothy Dalton

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What's it about
An overzealous London cop is sent to a small town force only to find murder, cults, and some idiotic, gun-totting townsfolk. Not to mention a dim-witted partner.
Is it good movie?
How canít you love this movie? Fresh off the success of the modern classic Shaun of the Dead comes this follow-up. And Hot Fuzz lives up the hype. For once, audiences donít have to suffer through a sophomore slump (ok, I know theyíve done other work, but for the masses, this seems the second work between all three key members). Here, director Edgar Wright and actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost create another hit and establish themselves as true heavyweights in comedy. I love the fact that they donít shy away from R-rated comedy. Thereís a lot of blood here, nasty language, gory death, and biting wit. Not to mention of the better ending to an action film Iíve seen in a long time, all while being damn funny.

I think what I dug most about Hot Fuzz comes from that it brings back the parody without falling into the Zucker brothers approach. Thatís not bashing films like Airplane or Naked Gun (absolute classics), but damn, since when did all parodies suddenly play down to the lowest common denominator? Itís great see something smart, witty, stupid, and well-written all within the same film. Like Shaun, Hot Fuzz is another wonderful send-up on another established formula; this time the buddy/cop genre. Itís hilarious. The cast is perfect. In fact, on some levels the movie never feels like a parody as the story is strong enough to carry the running time without all the various references and spoofs. Most buddy/cop flicks never bother to establish a real connection between the characters, but this seems like a specialty of director Wright and Pegg, as actors Pegg and Frost are the perfect combo. Iím not sure if they plan to remain a duo forever, but itís nice to see a real comedy team again; a pair that can play off one another and still remain likable and believable.

On a final note, I do have to say Timothy Dalton should get more roles. Sure, the James Bond days were long ago, but I miss the dude on the screen and he should have better choices than freaking Spice World or whatever that Spice Girls movie was. Perhaps this will be a return to mild prominence once again. If not, at least we can look forward to the next outing of Wright, Pegg, and Frost. Hereís hoping third time remains a charm.
Video / Audio
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1

Video: Widescreen, enhance for 16x9 TVs.
The Extras
Audio Commentary: Writer/Director Edgar Wright and co-writer Simon Pegg give a high energy commentary which comes across as fun and entertaining as one would expect.

The Fuzzball Rally: A 30 minute doc on Wright, Pegg, and Frost as they go on a media tour of the States. Itís interesting to see all their hard work; man, do they look tired. Now I know why stars hate the press so much.

Outtakes: 10 minutes worth of bloopers of various scenes. Some good laughs here.

Dannyís Notebook: Frost flips through his notebook for fake animation for about eight seconds.

Deleted Scenes: 20 minutes worth with 22 scenes in all. Most seemed like lobbed off bits other than true cut sections. Nothing missed here. With commentary, too.

The Man Who Would Be Fuzz: Wright and Frost do their best Connery/Cain impressions for a few seconds. Eh.

Hot Funk: A few minutes of what the G-rated version of the movie could be like.
Last Call
A great movie that any fan of either Shaun of the Dead or just cop/action films in general will love. The pace never lets up, and neither do the characters or the good story. Fantastic fun.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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