Reviewed by: Jonathan Rodriguez
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|Featuring||Jim Broadbent, Steve Coogan (“Night at the Museum”), Timothy Dalton, Edward Woodward, Simon Pegg, Martin Freeman (“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”), Paul Freeman (“Raiders of the Lost Ark”), Bill Nighy (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”), Lucy Punch, Anne Reid, Billie Whitelaw, Stuart Wilson (“The Mask of Zorro”), Edward Woodward|
|Producer||Natascha Wharton, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner|
|Distributor||Rogue Pictures (Focus)|
“They are going to bust your arse.”
Let me begin this review by simply pointing out the rating of the movie “Hot Fuzz.” It is rated R. Not PG or PG-13. It is rated R, and it is rated that way for a reason. While there have been issues made over how certain movies are rated, I assure you that the rating given to “Hot Fuzz” is completely deserved. I bring this up because once again I am absolutely appalled by the number of children I saw wandering the theater while I watched the movie. I counted, at the very least, ten children under the age of maybe 12 absorbing the R-rated entertainment, right along with the rest of the adults in the room. Last time I checked, R meant not appropriate for children under 17, but for some reason, parents continue to allow their children to view material not intended for them. Please, any parents reading this review, do not let your child or children see this or any other movie that is not appropriate for them to be watching. Half of the time, these movies are hardly appropriate for adults to be watching, let alone impressionable children.
“Hot Fuzz” comes from the British team that brought us the gruesome, yet funny “Shaun of the Dead,” a homage of sorts to the zombie classics that came before it. Once again, they present an homage, but this time to buddy-cop action movies. Simon Pegg plays Nicholas Angel, a sergeant in the London Metropolitan police force so good at his job that his superiors feel threatened by his zeal for his job. They decide that instead of having him around to make them all look bad, they will transfer him away to a quiet, uneventful village in the English countryside.
Upon arrival, Nicholas sees petty crimes being committed everywhere and sets his foot down as a new force in town to be reckoned with. He arrests a man for drunk driving, but discovers the next morning that the man is one of the members of the town’s bumbling police crew. The man’s name is Danny Butterman (Nick Frost) and his father is Inspector Frank Butterman (Jim Broadbent), the head of the department. Nicholas is partnered with Danny, and the two patrol town, responding to calls about lost swans and neighbors trimming each other’s hedges. Things start getting interesting when two members of town are killed in an automobile “accident,” that looks nothing like an accident to Nicholas. More “accidents” happen in the safest town in England and Nicholas sets out to determine what’s really going on in his quiet little town.
The content in “Hot Fuzz” will likely keep many Christians away. While there isn’t as much offensive language as there was in “Shaun of the Dead,” the violence is right on par with that film, and may actually exceed it. There are many bloody, gruesome deaths in the film, a couple of which actually drew some surprised gasps. There is language, with around 20 F-words. There are also a few irreverent uses of the Lord’s name in vain, one by a priest that was particularly offensive, but drew laughs from the crowd. There isn’t a whole lot of sexual content. A couple are assumed to be having an affair, a few crude jokes are made, and a female police officer wears a pair of plastic breasts over her uniform during a birthday party. Suffice it to say, the content is for adults only, and parents should not allow children and teenagers to watch this movie.
I have to admit, though, that I have become quite fond of the pairing of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. The real life friends have a chemistry unmatched by most recent Hollywood pairings, and both have shown in “Shaun of the Dead,” and now here in “Hot Fuzz,” that they are quite capable at the surprising dramatic scenes that the films contain. They are funny, and likable, and show themselves at time as vulnerable, something you don’t expect to see in a film of this nature. I was a big fan of “Shaun of the Dead,” and while this film isn’t as funny, or as smart as that one, it has it’s own charm and is a decent option for adults only.
Violence: Extreme / Profanity: Extreme / Sex/Nudity: Mild
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