Review

Harry Says It Would Be Criminal To Not See HOT FUZZ Immediately!!!

Published at: April 22, 2007, 4:47 a.m. CST

There’s a movie that has opened this weekend that is my favorite film, I’ve seen thus far this year. That film is… HOT FUZZ. I’ve seen it 4 times now, I’ve no idea why it’s taken me this long to write about it. It’s probably because I talked so much about it, that I keep thinking that I had written about it. You see – I’ve been interviewed about the film by places like the AP, NPR and TIME magazine – why have they called me about this wondrous film, I’ve no idea, but I will tell you… HOT FUZZ is a blast. A hilarious film. I don’t know about you, but I love a good Cop movie. So many films seem to want to concentrate on making the bad guys the central characters, but in a good Cop movie, the center of attention is a good Cop. What does that mean? Well, it means he shots to disable. It means he upholds the law, no matter the paper work. He aggressively pursues his duties, believes in catching crime in progress – as opposed to waiting around till it becomes near impossible to solve. Now – I’m not real sure what the national prejudice is that keeps British accented films of a superior quality from kicking the rightful amount of ass that they deserve to in the United States. I’m not sure why SHAUN OF THE DEAD didn’t perform at the spectacular levels I wanted it to… of the last WALLACE & GROMIT film… or the gangster flicks… But this is one British film that is so firmly a part of our culture over here in the United States. I love it. Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg crafted a script that is a literal love letter to the American Cop films. One whose tongue is very much in its cheek, but does it in a lovably goofy manner that just makes you so blissfully happy – you smile like a goofy happy go-lucky sort of fella. Comedy Satire hasn’t been this on target since the heyday of MONTY PYTHON or MEL BROOKS’ finest films. This isn’t the cheap gaggy nonsense of the NAKED GUN or SCARY MOVIE variety. That dumbed down retarded idiocy… This is calculated hilarity at the expense of not a single neuron. It has the exactitude of an AARDMAN film… not just on par with the great British Ealing comedies, but right there with the finest we’ve seen in our country as well. That said, there’s a real Geek’s Geekness about it all. These guys haven’t merely loved the genre they’re playing with… they’ve done it in such a way as to not be just PURE IMITATION, but INNOVATION. They’ve studied the genre, played with it and made it their own. That said – while the laughs are genuine, the action is genuinely awesome. I’m not talking about the big last act – that was great, but the best bits of action are, to me, the most mundane. Like chasing and capturing the shoplifter in a foot chase. When was the last time that your pulse quickened by the editing and shooting of a FOOT CHASE. Not squealing tires and the shifting of gears and the low bass rumbles of the roaring engine… but the intensity of a mano-a-mano foot chase. It’s hard to really describe it, but it really is intensely thrilling. A missing quality to the film is the area of a “Love Interest” – however – it really isn’t missing. Sure, Simon doesn’t have some babe to look longingly into… but he does have Nick Frost. This isn’t a gay relationship, but a platonic love story. It’s a story about how to men became best friends. The sort of friends that you never stop chatting with, watching movies with… and even buying plants for. It’s a relationship that many geeks are very familiar with. Now sure – you could say, how’s this different than the relationship between Nick and Simon in either SPACED or SHAUN OF THE DEAD – but we never saw how those relationships really began. Well, flashbacks from SPACED aside… but here we finally get the first date, the second date and the many dates after that. The first time Nick brought Simon home. What was their first double feature? When did Nick lure Simon to the dark side of booze? All this and more are answered in this film. That said – Nick isn’t a one dimensional bit of goofy comedy – his character has a sad side. When asked why he became a cop, you can see that it was just about family obligations. That he’s never been the cop he dreamt of being, the type of cop that lives and breathes in the action films of America. However, when Simon comes to his police force… a big city cop with a sterling record, his eyes open up big as a fawning admirer. Simon is the man he wishes he could be, but just doesn’t put the effort forward to become that man. Simon tries to help him move forward into that realm. To become a good cop. One that keeps the peace, that doesn’t go off half cocked. That takes speed traps as serious as jaywalking and bank robbery. That realizes a drunk driver is more likely to take a life than the very rare gun crazed maniac. The film is also filled with the most amazing British cast that I believe I’ve seen assembled for a British comedy film since those Ealing days. It’s really astonishing. Faves? Well, Prince Baron/James Bond/Timothy Dalton of course. Timothy hasn’t had this much scene chewing fun since he got to lampoon Errol Flynn in THE ROCKETEER. His ghoulish grocer jogger is very funny. Reverend Belloq.. heh… he kicks all manners of ass. Seriously though – when’s the last time you got to see Paul Freeman in a film in this country? He’s been working solid, but not really in anything that got on U.S. screens. And for Edgar to not really make an Indy joke is kinda amazing… unless I missed it. Eek. Jim Broadbent may very well be my favorite British actor. If only for his astonishing performance in… well just about fucking everything. But in particular, singing LIKE A VIRGIN in MOULIN ROUGE. Here – he plays the head of the police and father to Nick’s Butterman. The result is something really special. As the pricks of the film, Paddy Considine and Rafe Spall are awesome as the Andys. There’s so many surprises and gags and heartfelt moments that it’d be a crime to spoil, but to miss perhaps the best comedy you’ll see this year – in place of a selection of really unremarkable films… well, it’d be a crime… and one that Sergeant Nicholas Angel should lock you up for. So… Make the effort to see it ASAP Stateside. To you British readers – you already know and love the greater glory of this film. Let your colonists know how much they’re missing by not seeing this film. It more than makes up for that nasty Taxation without Representation scuffle back in the day. Right?

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  • April 22, 2007, 4:54 a.m. CST

    By the power of...

    by CeeBeeUK

    greyskull. See it!

  • April 22, 2007, 5:02 a.m. CST

    I wouldn'T compare NAKED GUN with SCARY MOVIE.

    by DerLanghaarige

    But apart from this I'm sure that every single word in this review is right.<br> Fuck, why get the US that one earlier than Germany? (At least Severance is already out on DVD here...)

  • April 22, 2007, 5:02 a.m. CST

    Seen it. Loved it. Hot Fuzz 2 : Break Point please.

    by adamthelegend

    best film of '07 without a doubt. Go see it little americans, go now......

  • April 22, 2007, 5:04 a.m. CST

    DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE!!!

    by King_Knut

    This film is very "meh" indeed. It just doesn't work as well as SOTD. It's a cop film, not an action film, so don't go in expecting setpieces throughout as it's very talky. The motivations are so hokey that you never really connect with any of the characters, especially not the smug goody-goody-two-shoes Nicholas Angel. It ends up coming off like an episode of Scooby-Doo on crack.

  • April 22, 2007, 5:07 a.m. CST

    Really, really not that great.

    by King_Knut

    Seriously. If you goin expecting this one to be as fresh, invigorating and involving as SOTD, you're going to be disappointed.

  • April 22, 2007, 5:09 a.m. CST

    goofy happy go lucky sort of fella? buying plants?

    by Windowlicker74

    mmm Maybe you should concentrate on your wedding and leave the reviewing to others

  • April 22, 2007, 5:17 a.m. CST

    Paddy Considine and Rafe Spall almost steel the show

    by ODM

    I wanna see a prequel featuring those two characters. Awesome.

  • April 22, 2007, 5:20 a.m. CST

    Naysayers have a real problem...

    by Talkbacker with no name

    understanding this is not SOTD with cops. If this was made before 'Shaun' you would be hacking on SOTD for not being as good as Hot Fuzz. <p>I can't wait to see it again on DVD. A great movie if you don't judge it like a pompous bigheaded know-it-all. Name one film better to come out this year?

  • April 22, 2007, 5:22 a.m. CST

    Agree ODM!

    by Talkbacker with no name

    The only problem i have with the movie is not enough of them :) Brilliant comic teaming. Rafe was Noel in 'Shaun' right? "What like buying flowers for your mum?" hehe

  • April 22, 2007, 5:29 a.m. CST

    Yeh, Rafe was Noel in Shaun.

    by Cameron1

    He's the son of Timothy Spall who is one of the very finest actors the UK's produced. He's best known for playing Peter Pettigrew in the Harry Potter movies

  • April 22, 2007, 5:30 a.m. CST

    saw it today an fucking loved it

    by the_shogun_gunslinger

    funniest movie ive seen since...well, Shauan of the Dead. <P> and Harry, i know what youre talking about with the british accent prejudice. when i told a friend we were movie hopping today and Hot Fuzz was first on the list, he respoded with "call me when its over. british things annoy me"...after telling him he was a fuckn retard, i told em id call...guess what? i never did. he sat at home alone all day. serves him right, hahahahaha

  • April 22, 2007, 5:33 a.m. CST

    christ

    by the_shogun_gunslinger

    SHAUN of the dead...just wanted to prove im not a moron. proof reading is for losers

  • April 22, 2007, 5:36 a.m. CST

    Cameron1 really?

    by Talkbacker with no name

    Timothy spall's son? wow never knew that. Spall was brilliant in Secrets & Lies.

  • April 22, 2007, 5:43 a.m. CST

    In order to beat hollywood

    by emeraldboy

    British filmmakers will not to do sequels. It helps build up a body of work with rehashing the same idea all over again.

  • April 22, 2007, 5:47 a.m. CST

    As good as you think it's going to be...

    by Latauro

    ...it's actually better. I now have even sturdier ground to stand on during my frequent "Timothy Dalton rules!" arguments. See it now.

  • April 22, 2007, 5:49 a.m. CST

    Timothy Dalton was

    by emeraldboy

    Awesome. The best thing in the movie. really. a really great performance.

  • April 22, 2007, 5:52 a.m. CST

    As a huge fan of supergrass

    by emeraldboy

    This would not have been complete without Caught by the Fuzz.

  • April 22, 2007, 5:54 a.m. CST

    Makes a change.

    by ROBE

    I really enjoyed HF, it makes a change from the usual movies the UK produces. Here is a movie aimed at the ticket paying public as opposed to a film aimed at: (a)a UK film festival (b)a US film festival (c)a European film festival It won't win any artsey fartsey award called called the Golden Palm or Bear, but it will cover its budget costs and make a profit. Wish the UK had more guys like these and less arthouse directors.

  • April 22, 2007, 6:04 a.m. CST

    If you don't go see Hot Fuzz...

    by Brendon

    ...you simply don't like cinema. And you must hate genre cinema.

  • April 22, 2007, 6:07 a.m. CST

    ROBE you mean UK directors like

    by Talkbacker with no name

    Shane Meadows, Danny Boyle, Michael Winterbottom and of course the comedy master Chaplin to name but a few. <p>Really sorry for Paul WS Anderson guys. We really are.

  • April 22, 2007, 6:18 a.m. CST

    Brit directors continued...

    by palimpsest

    ...Ridley and Tony Scott, Alfred Fucking Hitchcock, Alan Parker, Adrian Lyne, plus the various legacies of the Bonds, Pythons, Ealings, Hammers etc... Plus pretty much all the best actors ever. We're still really sorry about Paul WS Anderson, though.

  • April 22, 2007, 6:19 a.m. CST

    HOT FUZZ box office

    by palimpsest

    Twice the per-screen take of anything else in the top 10 US this weekend so far. Someone fucked up by not opening this wide!

  • April 22, 2007, 6:35 a.m. CST

    palimpsest can we claim Gilliam as well?

    by Talkbacker with no name

    Ok so he's not British but I say we take him as our own? That's fair right? <p>to continue - Richard Attenborough, Anthony Mingella, Sam Mendes, Nicholas Roeg, Bruce Robinson, Terry Jones, David Lean, Neil Jordan, Mike Newell <p>...and again so so sorry for Anderson. How will you ever forgive us?

  • April 22, 2007, 6:48 a.m. CST

    Propose a straight swap:

    by palimpsest

    Gilliam for Paul WS Anderson...

  • April 22, 2007, 6:51 a.m. CST

    hahaha

    by Talkbacker with no name

    Brilliant! Who do we need to talk to about the swap? Harry? Mori? quint? can you pull any strings?

  • April 22, 2007, 6:53 a.m. CST

    Brit directors continued...

    by palimpsest

    Chris Nolan, John Boorman, Roger Michell, Stephen Frears, Guy Ritchie (iffy, I know!), Neil Marshall, Iain Softley, John Schlesinger, Mike Hodges, Roland Joffe, Peter Howitt, Peter Hewitt, Mike Leigh, Richard Loncraine, Jon Amiel, Mike Barker, Peter Chelsom, Ken Branagh, Nick Park, Richard Williams, Antonia Bird, Mike Figgis, Stephen Fry...

  • April 22, 2007, 7 a.m. CST

    Yeah bit iffy

    by Talkbacker with no name

    Throw Ritchie into the swap for free.

  • April 22, 2007, 7:01 a.m. CST

    Open letter to Mr H Knowles

    by palimpsest

    Dear Mr Knowles. We, the people of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland do hereby propose a trade. We undertake from this day forth to provide Mr Terence Gilliam with such accommodations, workable budgets and tea and cucumber sandwiches as he should reasonably request in his motion picture endeavours. In return for this, we would bestow upon the peoples of the United States the services of Mr Paul "No, I'm Not The Talented One" Anderson, a manufacturer of largely derivative sci-fi entertainments for all eternity. We understand that you Americans have something called a "Bill of Rights" which prevents "cruel and unusual punishments", but we would be perfectly understanding if this were to be waived as regards Mr Anderson. We understand that Guantanamo Bay is lovely this time of year, and crucially, has little in the way of film-making equipment ready to hand. We would suggest that this would be an appropriate place to store Mr Anderson. Yours sincerely, Britain.

  • April 22, 2007, 7:34 a.m. CST

    Neil Jordan is Irish

    by ROBE

    I don't know what planet you live on Talkbacker with no name but the average Brit wouldn't touch most British movies with a barge pole. Every year we maybe get half a dozen British movies that are any good, but most are aimed at either the arthouse film festival or the "Scarey/Epic movie" level of braindead viewer. Any proper directors end up doing Hollywood movies (and some not so good).

  • April 22, 2007, 7:38 a.m. CST

    King Knut is MEH

    by quantize

    meh is for fucktards

  • April 22, 2007, 7:46 a.m. CST

    British Films

    by Kizeesh

    I do understand a lot of the backlash at artsy Brit movies. I'd personally live a happy life if there was never another move made in britain where the plot revolved around a poor working class person overcoming their problems through a ludicrious and unlikely gimmick. <p> Such as Billy Elliot, Full Monty, Calender Girls, Saving Grace, Millions, etc...etc..<p> Now I know there is entertainment value in them, but the whole sickly-sweet tweeness of them make my guts roil.<p> Bring bakc David Fucking Lean.

  • April 22, 2007, 7:56 a.m. CST

    I second the hating of Scott Holleran.

    by rbatty024

    His review almost draws a direct parallel between gory action films and the massacre in Virginia (although he backpedals a little). Sorry, Holleran but that sad event wasn't caused by movies, it was caused by a deeply disturbed and psychotic individual who is likely rotting in Hell right now. His review of Hot Fuzz was the worst anti-movie diatribe I've heard outside of those obnoxious Senate hearings.

  • April 22, 2007, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Yeh it really is Timothy's son.

    by Cameron1

    And if you can get a hold of the BBC's version of "Wide Sargasso Sea" a prequel to Jane Eyre starring Rafe as the young Mr Rochester then you will be a very happy talkbacker indeed. And, Kizeesh I know what you mean about those sort of films. Just one thing though, Calendar Girls and Saving Grace are not about working class people at all. Those movies are resolutely middle class all the way through. Though I'd much rather watch Billy Elliot than a Richard Curtis film any day of the week. In conclusion, Hot Fuzz is fucking brilliant. It's so tightly packed with great comedy and character moment, 2 hours flyby and it rewards repeat reviewings incessantly, there's just that much going on.

  • April 22, 2007, 8:01 a.m. CST

    KIzeesh

    by palimpsest

    "I'd personally live a happy life if there was never another move made in britain where the plot revolved around a poor working class person overcoming their problems through a ludicrious and unlikely gimmick" Sounds like STAR WARS to me...!

  • April 22, 2007, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Scott Holleran...raging asshole?

    by tile_mcgillus

    This guy can't be serious???<br><br><br>"The latest guns-and-gore spoof, Hot Fuzz, opens in 825 theaters this week, another of those rapid-fire pictures that sneers at values with nihilistic abandon, firing off bullets and one-liners, usually in the same instant, as heads pop off and blood goes spurting and it's all supposedly hilarious. The Virginia Tech massacre is a reminder that it isn't funny."<br><br><br>So many things wrong with that statement. He must of missed Logic 101.

  • April 22, 2007, 8:14 a.m. CST

    ROBE that's because the average Brit..

    by Talkbacker with no name

    doesn't seek outnew British movies that aren't playing at the local mutiplex. And really I'm talking about british films of the 20th Century, not just the rom com rubbish of the last ten years! Ok it's been a bit of a dry run recently but we still got great stuff like Nil by Mouth, Sexy Beast and Topsy-Turvy to name a few. <p>For what's it's worth, kizeesh, Billy Elliot is a very good movie.

  • April 22, 2007, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Box Office Mojo Critic

    by Sean38

    You're right about that Box Office Mojo critic. The man simply hates everything. Why he reviews movies is beyond me...he seems to have nothing but contempt for them.

  • April 22, 2007, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Box Office H-Mo reviewer

    by Shawn F.

    If 'Hot Fuzz' had made the two lead characters gay, Scott Holleran would have loved it.

  • April 22, 2007, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Uh, yeah.

    by Cameron1

    Scott Holleran seems to hate movies. It's pretty weird. Mind you, I hate Football (soccer) and I used to write hilarious match reports for my school paper.

  • April 22, 2007, 8:57 a.m. CST

    What's the point of reviewing this movie?

    by The Funketeer

    I'm sure it's good and I'm looking forward to seeing it but after you guys hyped it for the last few months, were you worried we might think you didn't like it?

  • April 22, 2007, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Holleran = moron

    by darth_ragimus

    I've never been to box office mojo before, I'll do my damndest never to visit it again if this nutjob is the best they can bring to bear. I mean if he really believes that a film like Hot Fuzz is 'the equivalent of a middle finger at civilized society' I'd hope that he and his civilised society would go away and stop bothering the rest of us. And as for this little gem ' The coordinated attack—pre-documented by the shooter and mailed to NBC—happened like a lot of what's playing in movie theaters' I think he's in real danger of disappearing up his own asshole.

  • April 22, 2007, 9:07 a.m. CST

    Saw the last showing last night

    by darquelyte

    And the place was 85-90% full. Not bad for a Brit comedy or a last showing. Very good, lots of laughs, but at 2 hours it could have lost 15-20 minutes and been a much tighter film. Highly recommend it though. ~ÐL

  • April 22, 2007, 9:07 a.m. CST

    Cate Blanchett cameo

    by Monkey Butler

    I didn't pick it up, but she's in there. She's near the start, and she wears a mask.

  • April 22, 2007, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Honestly...

    by BDT

    you have to see this movie more than once to get the most mileage out of the jokes which are so cleverly handled that half of them flew by me the first time. For one thing... this is a movie like a lenticular magnet, see it in one light there is the story, a "what's going to happen next" engagement, that if you get caught in, you may miss about half of the jokes, as I did (well I'm claiming to be the most intellegent person in the world). Then, it happens in this movie, as it did a bit in Shaun, and a lot in Spaced, that the set up for a joke (which usually can stand up as the whole joke) may begin a good half hour before the a really funny but subtle punchline kicks in. (Who remembers in Spaced when Daisy blurts out to the comic book chief, "I know you, you're a massive....!" that joke was set up a while before the punchline). Anyway, I've seen HF 2 times and really, really want to see it again today. Why? Because this is one of those movies that just makes me laugh, and feel good. Don't expect SotD, you'll be setting yourselves up for a disappoinment if you go in expecting something this movie is not. Edgar and Simon have such a wonderful knack of making something very funny out of the little annoying flaws in Human Nature. Those flaws, in real life are stressful and can add up and get kinda heavy, whether in others or in myself. In Hot Fuzz, they give you this bright spot of being able to laugh at those flaws. As if to say, hey we all see these things, and if we take them too seriously, we will truly go nuts (as some characters in the movie did), so lets learn to laugh at them and focus on things like friendship, honesty and goodness as valuable. Consequently Edgar and Simon give us a movie which is not only entertaining, but just kinda makes you feel really happy when you leave the theater, as if it just kind of wipes away that heaviness. I look forward to their next movie. HOT FUZZ is not being overhyped. The people on this site who write the great stuff about this movie genuinely love it. Everyone has different tastes and no-one would guarantee HF will tickle you as it did them. But if you simply like the movie when you see it, I recommend seeing it again. After the second time, you will most likely love it.

  • April 22, 2007, 9:19 a.m. CST

    RE: brit comedic melodramas

    by Kizeesh

    Yeah, thats true some are very middle class, but I'm not sure how you define that style of movie, comedic Brit melodrama possibly. And I'll be the first to admit that they're pretty entertaining the first time you watch them.<p> I just wish they'd make more unusual films, take more risks, more stuff like The Descent and Hot Fuzz, less guff. <p> Seriously man, 50 years ago we were making great movies. Bring back Lean....

  • April 22, 2007, 9:53 a.m. CST

    I would trade the nexy 3 Edgar Wright/Simon Pegg movies

    by Quake II

    for a thrid season of Spaced. Any day of the week. If I was filthy rich, I would finance a third season of Spaced as that series rules all.

  • April 22, 2007, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Hot Fuzz was great

    by NubtheSquirrel

    I loved it and I am absolutely dying to see it again. I thought it was incredibly funny from beginning to end and especially the insanity of the latter half of the movie just had me in stitches. I am definitely going to see it in a theater that has a better sound system though. I nearly came out deaf from the sound.

  • April 22, 2007, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Box Office Mojo critic did like ONE movie, I know.

    by CreasyBear

    I don't frequent that site (AICN is pretty much one-stop shopping for movie news for me, ~10min. before I go to work, ~20 min. in the afternoon), but I've also noticed this guy's seething hatred for . . . pretty much all movies during the visits I have paid to that site. The only glowing review I've seen from him was for The Little Mermaid. He loved the crap out of that movie. I guess Hot Fuzz didn't have enough talking lobsters.

  • April 22, 2007, 10:12 a.m. CST

    I guess I'm not surprised that people are starting...

    by rbatty024

    to blame movies for Virginia Tech, but I am surprised a movie reviewer is attacking a British comedy that, in part, parodies the kind of violence he dislikes. This movie went way over Holleran's head. This guy must be offended by damn near everything.

  • April 22, 2007, 10:18 a.m. CST

    RE: Scott Holleran

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Yeah, this guy sounds like a supreme doucebag. Devin, over at CHUD, pretty much tore him a new one over this: http://tinyurl.com/2e2wrv

  • April 22, 2007, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Why bother with Box Office Mojo, and a massive nitpick

    by Bronx Cheer

    <p>It seems there are two opposing viewpoints about box office. Either it's used to justify how good a movie is (e.g. the bragging about how well "Hot Fuzz" did), or it's used to prove how bad films are because they're accepted by the sheeple (see Norbit), hence when Grindhouse makes an average of $27.50 per screen, that's taken as proof that it's a GREAT movie.</p> <p>It's not like we have an actual financial stake in these films. Why obsess on box office receipts?</p>

  • April 22, 2007, 10:25 a.m. CST

    National Prejudice against Brit accented films?

    by 900LBGorilla

    I think it's more that Brit films are usually not all that good. The Brits have cool accents - and Snatch/Lock Stock were a lot of fun... but Shaun of the dead (and many of the hyped Brit films) just kinda suck...and prejudice has nothing to do with it. Heck I love the Brits... even if they do speak American in a really odd and "offish" sorta way.

  • April 22, 2007, 10:27 a.m. CST

    About Harry's review

    by Bronx Cheer

    <p>This was a funny movie; it earned my $11. But between Harry's semi-literate review, and some of the posts here in Talkback, I sincerely worry about the future of the language that England gave us.</p> <p>The assault begins with the split infinitive in the headline and continues in the very first paragraph. Let's just say that the comma has never been used so...creatively. "Shots" is not "shoots." "Till" is what you do to the soil; try " 'til " or "until" next time. "To" is not "two." "I'm not real sure." I think he wanted "really," but try not to overuse that word. I've heard many people from across the pond gripe about our overuse of "really." Really. "Of" is not "or." "That dumbed down retarded idiocy…" Where do I start with this one? Perhaps we can all agree it's time to put away "retarded" as a pejorative? People who suffer from mental impairment cannot help it. If you mean "stupid" then write "stupid."</p> <p>And then there is the tortured syntax, atrocious grammar, and invented rules of punctuation that are always a staple of the reviewer's work. He hides behind his screed of wanting us to see he's human, that he makes mistakes, ad nauseum, but why is this acceptable as a defense when it's not acceptable for filmmakers to make mistakes? Hey, they're human, after all.</p> <p>I think what made this Abu Ghraib of a review especially galling was that Harry's review of a film made in the birthplace of English so tortured the language that it demonstrates not only a lack of respect for one of the only things that separates humans from most of the other animals--language--but misrepresents us Yanks as a bunch of illiterate yahoos. (Well, even more than we already are.)</p> <p>I realize this is one massive nitpick, but I speak and read one language only, and when an essay written in my mother tongue is as difficult to follow as this review was, I have to speak up.</p> <p>Or perhaps I should write like Harry, and then all will be corrected...</p> <p>"I see that this was the really best review I've ever had. The pleasure to reading. Get off your asses swiftly and get arrested to go see HOT FUZZ. You'll be really thanking me, a long time because it's so cool and there are men in the film that aren't gay, they're just friends. Did I mention Ealing only twice? Did I mention that the British Ealing comedies had actors with British accents in them? And that films made in Britain often feature thespians which are British accented? Because if I didn't mention that the British Ealing comedies were British. You might mistake them for the German Ealing comedies."</p> <p>Now I feel dirty.</p>

  • April 22, 2007, 10:29 a.m. CST

    That CHUD article lays it out pretty well.

    by rbatty024

    My guess is that Holleran is some weird Evangelical Christian who believes government social programs are somehow interfering with God's punishment of the poor. This guy definitely has a few screws loose.

  • April 22, 2007, 10:33 a.m. CST

    When was the last time that your pulse quickened by the

    by Evil Hobbit

    When was the last time that your pulse quickened by the editing and shooting of a FOOT CHASE.....<br> <br> uhm... Apocalypto perhaps?<br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> ..but I get the point ;)

  • April 22, 2007, 10:43 a.m. CST

    That chase on foot was just a compendium of cliches

    by Bronx Cheer

    It might have seemed exciting because it used the conventions of the genre, but after the jokes played, I was tired of the chase and shaky cam. That's like saying the final gunfight was an amazing action set piece. It was a hail of bullets that tore up doors and planter boxes, but we're not talking the lobby sequence in "The Matrix." Having said all that, the film was still funny as hell, and I'm going to see it again very soon.

  • April 22, 2007, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Winterbottom is a great filmaker

    by emeraldboy

    Road to Guantanamo and Tristram Shandy are two of the best films I have recent years. since the 1990's and Up today I have seen over 100 films. It is possibly closer to 300.

  • April 22, 2007, 10:50 a.m. CST

    My favorite quote from the CHUD slamming:

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    "if it turns out that someone once stuck their dick so far into his ear that he suffered massive brain damage, I’ll lay off him."

  • April 22, 2007, 10:50 a.m. CST

    BOM gets a lot of traffic, and the more people

    by Bronx Cheer

    point out what a moroon that dude is, the more people are going to go to the site, thereby increasing the traffic. When someone warns you not to smell something, don't smell it. When someone warns you that something tastes foul, don't taste it. And when you're warned about some douchebag on a website talking shit about a recent tragedy, don't give him your time. Just go back to what you were doing...now, where's that sock?

  • April 22, 2007, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Yackbacker?

    by 900LBGorilla

    I don't read anything Holleran writes, but "A FREE MARKET HEALTH CARE SYSTEM"??? OH MY GOD NO!!!!! I am not really a fan of the idea, but believe it or not, we are paying for health care anyway via lower salaries...and we are probably paying more because there is an incentive to over-use the expensive parts of the system (and we pay via premiums/taxes for uninsured non citizens as well)- the reasons pure free market/healh accounts wouldn't work here is no one would have enough in a health care account for a catastophic loss...and most would also not save properly...either leaving them bankrupt or padi for by us anyway...but mixing some components of free market into insurance can lower all our costs...anyway Pure Free Market for healthcare is just the other side of the "government/socialist" healthcare system everyone who has no understanding of economics seems to just love...these systems are almost equally idiotic... rant over.

  • April 22, 2007, 11:04 a.m. CST

    I did

    by The Only Woj

    and it sucked. hard. I loved Shaun, but Hot Fuzz was just so boring. first film I ever seriously considered walking out of.

  • April 22, 2007, 11:15 a.m. CST

    I want my two hours back.

    by Dkev00

    I had high hopes for this movie since I love Shawn Of The Dead. But this movie was absolutely fucking pointless.

  • April 22, 2007, 11:23 a.m. CST

    the last time my pulse quickened from a foot chase...

    by Amy Chasing

    in a movie anyway: Casino Royale. You know the scene I mean. Another brilliant British film IMHO. <P> Hot Fuzz may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it's style and editing is fast and furious (not the crap car flik) while its story and sensibilities are charming and everything a British comedy has over any other comedy - an elegant down-to-earthness. <P> Forget a love letter to the American Cop films, this is that and more. Much more. It's like comparing Lock, Stock & 2 Smoking Barrels to the recent remake of The Italian Job. The British just know how's how and what's what.

  • April 22, 2007, 11:37 a.m. CST

    "Let's get an Imus thing going with Holleran".

    by 900LBGorilla

    ...Will Al Sharpton help us movie geeks? >>> Fair enough, but I hope you're not one of those guys who screams for "Freedom of speech" when people you favor are criticized. And For the record Al Sharpton is a single digit IQ racism hustler who sullies MLKs legacy ...just saying.

  • April 22, 2007, 11:38 a.m. CST

    "That dumbed down retarded idiocy"

    by blacklodgebob

    You've got to be kidding me Harry. Naked gun is incredible. Take it back.

  • April 22, 2007, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Best comedy you will see this year?

    by MikeHoncho

    This site has confused me, with all the love for Knocked Up that has been pouring out of here, to call this the best comedy you will see this year is pretty intense. I definately have to see it now.

  • April 22, 2007, 11:53 a.m. CST

    great foot chase? how about Apocalypto

    by wcoop893

    that was amazing. havent gotten out to see hot fuzz yet though, and i see its not doing well at the box office. thats unfortunate

  • April 22, 2007, 12:07 p.m. CST

    wcoop893

    by palimpsest

    Check out the per-screen averages on HOT FUZZ against the rest of the top 10. It's taking twice as much per screen as anything else. HOT FUZZ has opened in approx 850 screens against the 3000 or so of DISTURBIA and the 3400+ that BLADES OF GLORY is screening in. Expect HOT FUZZ to grow over the next week as it opens wider...

  • April 22, 2007, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Naked Gun "dumbed down" ?!?

    by Dr Gregory House

    Me doesn't think that be true.

  • April 22, 2007, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Scott Holeran IS....

    by Dr Gregory House

    ...'The Stapler'

  • April 22, 2007, 12:19 p.m. CST

    No Indy Joke? its in the trailer!

    by ilander66

    There is a short shot in the trailer (longer in the film) of Freeman in the same big eyed arms open way he looks as belloq when all that ark mojo is swirling about. subtle yes but thats why these guys are so damn good.

  • April 22, 2007, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Yackbacker Most of my ranting was tongue

    by 900LBGorilla

    Fair enough- I haven't read Holleran's movie reviews, so I don't know...the Hot Fuzz -VA Shootings connection does sound a bit wacky...I'll have to check out his reviews for a kick.

  • April 22, 2007, 12:41 p.m. CST

    One funny-ass movie!!

    by TedSallis

    My new favorite comedy team!!

  • April 22, 2007, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Broadbent didn't sing in Moulin Rouge.

    by Lenny Nero

    He was dubbed. But it was still a great performance, nonetheless.

  • April 22, 2007, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Comedy is a hard thing to sell to friends and family.

    by kikuchiyoboy

    It's all about whatever makes you laugh. How do you tell someone 10'000 kicks to the groin is not as funny as an edited sequence of a pen making really loud noises with over the top editing? <br> That's what it comes down to. People will flock to Blades of Glory because it's an easy laugh. They'll flock even though it's the same joke different costume. If I want to watch something insainly goofy I'll just pull out Top Secret and Naked Gun from my dvd collection. Blades of Glory sounds fun and all, too bad I'm tired of the usual nut hitter kind of joke. <br> I wouldn't say Hott Fuzz is the best thing ever, but it's better than the poop that usually gets put out there. Most of all it made me laugh. <SPOILER> I mean come on, who needs another kick to the nuts when you have an old lady getting kicked in the head? <br> Hott Fuzz is the giggles.

  • April 22, 2007, 12:54 p.m. CST

    man...ive searched this Talkback...

    by Hyphin

    WHO THE HELL IS HOLLERAN!?<p>And what the shoot did he do to make you all strangely band together and cooperate in your hatred towards him...

  • April 22, 2007, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Hyphin

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Check out the link to CHUD in my earlier post (or you can visit Holleran over at BOM).

  • April 22, 2007, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Hyphin....

    by Shawn F.

    He exists, plain and simple. But if you need further proof that this waste of cells has no fucking clue about what he is talking about, go here: http://www.boxofficemojo.com/features/?id=2297&p=.htm

  • April 22, 2007, 1:14 p.m. CST

    people are blaming movies for Virginia Tech?

    by Amy Chasing

    and Colombine, or Port Arthur, or any other such attrocious and sickening acts where an individual or individuals have fucked up the lives of so many? <P> You want someone to blame, blame the killer(s), not some story told on screen. Talk about shifting the responsibility away from that which deserves it.

  • April 22, 2007, 1:16 p.m. CST

    YARRRRRR.... NARRRRR???

    by Leopold Scotch

    A grrreat big bushy bearrrd...

  • April 22, 2007, 1:19 p.m. CST

    OVERRATED.

    by El Scorcho

    Fun, but nothing else. 7/10, maybe. If you haven't seen Shaun of the Dead, watch that instead.

  • April 22, 2007, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Holleran blames Hot Fuzz for the VT mess and then

    by Jugs

    ..goes down on John Wayne's sons. Hello? We all know that John Wayne never shot a gun in a film..evah!!!

  • April 22, 2007, 1:42 p.m. CST

    I have had nothing but disdain for Holleran...

    by tmifune78

    for quite a while and have had some intruiging conversations with this putz through e-mail - here is your chance to do the same: scott@boxofficemojo.com If he can write asinine "reviews" week after week, then I feel well within my rights to voice my opinion to him. Of course, he's more like my dog in the way that 'bad attention is good attention'...so something to consider..

  • April 22, 2007, 1:58 p.m. CST

    When was the last time?

    by Mgmax

    "When was the last time that your pulse quickened by the editing and shooting of a FOOT CHASE." Um-- Casino Royale, actually.

  • April 22, 2007, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Not opening in my area :(

    by DamnYouMB

    I also had to wait for "Shaun" to be released on DVD because it never had a theatrical run in my area. :(

  • April 22, 2007, 2:29 p.m. CST

    DROP IT LIKE IT'S HOT... FUZZ

    by The Real MiraJeff

    I saw Hot Fuzz a couple weeks back and have been meaning to write about it, but figured we had it pretty well covered on the site already. However, I'd still like to join the chorus and say that Hot Fuzz is absolutely one of the best films of the year. It's funny, it's gory, and personally, I thought it was light-years better than Shaun of the Dead, which I've always felt was a little overrated. Any fan of action movies will get a kick out of Hot Fuzz. Every actor is perfect. There are no throwaway lines or wasted opportunities. Edgar, Simon and Nick have delivered a kick-ass thrill ride that is perfectly geared to American audiences' tastes. See it with a friend. See it with your mom. Catch the Fuzz, lest the Fuzz catch you.

  • April 22, 2007, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Jog on

    by Talkbacker with no name

    I love hot fuzz but wasn't the whole "jog on!" thing a bit contrived? If it's a catchphrase they were after I'm sure they could have come up with something much better...maybe it was an 'in' thing between the cast and crew or something. It's no 'Fuck-a-doodle-doo' that's for sure.

  • April 22, 2007, 3:05 p.m. CST

    GRINDHOUSE did better than Hot Fuzz opening weekend

    by Mike_D

    But then again, HF only had a limited release.

  • April 22, 2007, 3:14 p.m. CST

    what exactly is a "mano a mano foot race?"

    by Hideo Kojima

    hand to hand foot race? lulz

  • April 22, 2007, 3:22 p.m. CST

    looking for a scapegoat

    by ilander66

    papers in the uk printed pictures of that guy holding his guns next to 'comparison' pictures from oldboy, scarface reservoir dogs etc. they use guns he used guns oh my god it must be true films will turn us all into maniacs! he was wearing a tshirt too oh my god i wear a tshirt! save me from myself before i do something terrible! its just easy easy journalism to say such things over and over again but its lazy and dangerous an irresponisble too.

  • April 22, 2007, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Hot Fuzz would have made Grindhouse even more perfect.

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    Should've gone first in the ultimate Grindhouse Triple-Feature... which I'll do when they come out on DVD! Oh, and Harry, doubt you'll read this, but your review was atrociously filled with errors.

  • April 22, 2007, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Hot Fuzz = Yawn of the Dead

    by lovesamuelfuller

    It wasn't bad, just disappointing. The basic story was good and it had some nice funny bits, but overall the characters and story didn't work for me the way they did in Shaun of the Dead. Shaun was very funny AND serious. The bit where he shoots his mum and the end with Ed were actually moving. Also, the pacing, framing and choice of music were bloody perfection. No matter how funny it got, i believed the characters, their actions and what was happening in the story. I was involved! Hot Fuzz never really made me believe in that world and the story taking place. It was mainly just silly. It had holes the size of my socks and i didn't think all the characters worked. I thought it was a bit of a mess. A fun mess, but i was hoping for a movie that got to me more than just a few laughs. And it reminded me WHY i hate movies from directors like Michael Bay. The action scenes were not done with a great deal of thought or cinematic feel. Just - get a lot of camera's running + shake them about a bit + cut it together in a pace were no shot can be seen longer then a second + add to that a loud soundtrack = and you have yourself an action scene. I HATE THIS! This is not John Woo style (or even Rodriguez). I expected better choreographed visual action sequences from a guy like Edgar wright and a better story+characters from the guys that brought us Shaun of the Dead.

  • April 22, 2007, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Fill(ed) = Verb, Atrociously = Adjective

    by georges garvaren

    Simple math, iamnicksaicnsn. Perhaps "atrociously error filled" would have suited better?

  • April 22, 2007, 4:02 p.m. CST

    what exactly is a "mano a mano foot race?"

    by BannedOnTheRun

    Good question. It's like a literal love letter that's not a letter at all but a film.

  • April 22, 2007, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Hot Fuzzy

    by wibblywobbly

    Disappointed after seeing this movie. Wasn't as funny as Shaun of the Dead. Oh Well:(

  • April 22, 2007, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Quit kissing British Ass

    by 12-GAUGE

    Naked Gun ruled over this film, as did Team America.

  • April 22, 2007, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Gilliam For Hitchcock?

    by CondomWrapper

    If the Brits get Gilliam can the Americans get Hitchcock? His best movies were made during his American period, even though he did great work in Britain in the 20s and 30s.

  • April 22, 2007, 4:48 p.m. CST

    It's kinda sad what Harry and others push as great!

    by CyberBeavis1326

    Then fails so miserably at the box office. "Grindhouse", "Black Snake Moan", "Hot Fuzz", etc. All those movies to me look or are good (the ones I've seen, which is only "Grindhouse"). I knew "Hot Fuzz" had no chance in hell of making much this weekend. Many factors figure in. One, it was released to a few limited number of theaters, probably around 300 or so nationwide. Two, the recent Virginia Tech shootings. Three, not many Americans will get, understand, or want to watch something like this. Point in case, if they avoided something so funny and ballsy as "Grindhouse" they will surely not care about this. The only huge movie this year, despite it's decent visuals "300" was probably one of the largest flukes in box office gold I've ever witnessed. Sure "300" looked good, but the amount of people loving it, that shows that the average moviegoer is fucking twit that likes pretty stuff that's boring as shit. If anyone pawns off the "well it had great battle scenes and any other rubbish to trump up it's clear shortcomings." Then explain this, why did "300" a movie that looked over the top and was dull out perform a movie that was over the top and actually fun? I hate to say this in line of Joe Carnahan, Kevin Smith, and any other people getting on board this train of thought, I have to wonder what the fuck is America thinking or doing? My line of sight is if "300" did well, so should "Grindhouse", "Hot Fuzz" and others. But no, leave it to the homo scared average joe and jane to flock to see a semi homoerotic testosterone fueled beautiful film like "300" but ignore a testoserone filled "Grindhouse" and "Hot Fuzz." It doesn't make really any fucking sense that idiots would rather see Ice Cube (who now can never be taken seriously as a gangsta rapper) and remade Will Ferrel movies starring Will Ferrel.

  • April 22, 2007, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Hooray!!! $7K average per theater!!

    by rodvegas78

    That's almost 2 times as much as Disturbia... had this been out in 3000 theaters it would have brought in about $21 mil. That's an impressive opening for a movie here from across the pond.. for only being in less then 900 theaters that's not bad.. These guys are gonna be big time here in the US and they deserve it.. Pegg will be in a David Schwimmer movie next, it looks hilarious..

  • April 22, 2007, 6:14 p.m. CST

    wow some people are retarded

    by T 1000 xp professional

    not sounding pretentious...But this movie isn't for some of you. The cliche's are the funniest part of the movie. The whole point of the joke is having a twist on the genre. My friends and I were in stitches throughout the movie, some of the jokes are in your face while the subtle ones keep you smiling the whole time.......What I would do for a sequel. I hope they release this in more theatres so they can spread the gospel

  • April 22, 2007, 6:22 p.m. CST

    Its the accents and

    by emeraldboy

    the location. There reason why it may not work in the Us. IT is this, there are two popular tv shows over here called the bill and Midsomer Murders. I dont know if midsomer is seen widely in the US and i would assume not. Hot Fuzz takes a little from each tv show. It is one part bill one part Midsomer murders.

  • April 22, 2007, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Funny Cliches :::SPOILERISH::: tread lightly

    by T 1000 xp professional

    There were shaky-cams, the Michael Bay slow motion circling shot, the bad guys that always try to explain themselves, the obviously suspicious character from the beginning, the two other prick cops in the force.

  • April 22, 2007, 6:23 p.m. CST

    I just saw it...

    by cerebulon

    It does indeed match the hype. It is the first film of the year I truly enjoyed without any reservations or disappointments. It was close as hell to perfect, and the only thing missing that I would have loved to see was a greater homage to the Godzilla films during the fight in the miniture village.

  • April 22, 2007, 6:34 p.m. CST

    in the past

    by emeraldboy

    American critics and audience Loved the Films of Merchant ivory and british filmakers responded by giving the americans what they though the americans liked. Big budget movies in stately homes or Laura ashley movies. as i called them. With people goign round drinking cups of tea. Then along came film 4 and changed all that and made the kind of movies that tapped into the ninties, 24 party people, trainspotting, shallow grave etc.

  • April 22, 2007, 6:35 p.m. CST

    loved it

    by LegoKenobi

    pegg and frost rule. see it, don't listen to the haters.

  • April 22, 2007, 6:46 p.m. CST

    Good Not Great

    by Roboteer

    Afraid I'm in the 'didn't match the hype' camp. But still see it, it has its moments. But if you believe all this hype and are like, well, a normal person, you may be disappointed. It couldn't decide if it was a parody, comedy, horror, whodunnit, buddy pic, cops and robbers, character study, drama, or superhero flick. Which in itself is not critical, to defy a category. But even though it hits these marks individually for a few moments, because it is so all over the map, the whole is less than the sum of its parts. Ya can't take the serious stuff seriously, its too ghoulish to be hilarious, and too comic book to buy the characters. Can't say I'm crazy about the whole horror comedy thing anyway. Try explaining to a real person sometime how hilarious mass murder and decapitation is. Okay, I did laugh when they showed the dead human statue. Then there's the reflection of Brit society in the film... how it is absolutely immobilized by PC to the point we can't see the good guy actually shoot murdering fiends at the end. Americans are gonna snicker at that, not laugh. Much like why can't soccer players just use their hands? Anyway I saw it in a packed theater and was surprised at how few really laugh out loud moments there really were. Even then, they were relatively restrained. Though I'm sure this is technically very well done and true to its roots like GRINDHOUSE, I'm not sure that kind of wink and nod depth plays to everyone. Itzzza verrry niiice, but sure ain't no BORAT.

  • April 22, 2007, 6:55 p.m. CST

    Bronx Cheer, I commend you.

    by Blarney-Man

    I wholeheartedly agree with everything you said. I wish more people thought as we do.

  • April 22, 2007, 7 p.m. CST

    Look it's quiet simple, Hot Fuzz was ...

    by Blarney-Man

    The follow-up to Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, is a mixed bag and a somewhat bitterly disappointing film. The story follows Nick Angel (Simon Pegg), a job-drunk police copper with a robocop complex, who is promoted and reassigned to crime free Sommerset. A town which despite its award winning tidy town trophies and status as one of the safest towns in all of England has a police force of a half dozen constables, a superintendent, two CID detectives, and an army of vigilanty over zealous neighbourhood watchers. <p> I went into Hot Fuzz, as a huge fan, expecting more of the same laugh-out-loud comedy the team of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and director Edgar Wright are so adept at. Of course along with a handsome dollop of kick ass madcap action movie spectacle too. <p> Instead I sat through a handful a chuckles drowned by a tediously overlong dramedy. The comedy is there, but against its 2 hour running time, there's more character drama than anything, which would be fine if it all wasn't so familiar.<p> The criminal litany of long winded monologues and drawn out exposition really started to grate when nothing much of anything seemed to happen for an hour, apart from some bloody murders more suited to a slasher movie like Scream 3. Of course Nick Angel tries to piece together the series of gruesome "accidents" suspecting a serial killer is on the loose, all without the assitance of his bullying dimwitted colleagues, and in the presence of wide-eyed fan worship from his new buddy cop Butterman (Nick Frost, who steals the film again). <p> Everything goes as you would expect it in a film which openly imitates a million other bad cop movies (but avoids spoofing them). Our hard nosed hero learns a little from the simple folk, and the simple folk learn a little something from our dry balls leader.<p> The strongest element in screenwriters Pegg and Wright's film are their characters with each cartoony townsfolk and ridiculous copper offering a few chuckles and obscene gag to keep us awake and/or amused. A fantastic score is also really propulsive and exciting, but the film is lacking the snappy style of Shaun of the Dead despite apoplectic editing and deafening sound effects. <p> However, the boredom is offset for a final reel as the sleepy town turns into the wild west and ridiculous shoot outs and face offs take place with the forces of evil within the parochial hamlet. Drop kicking a pensioner as she reloads a shotgun is a welcome side-splitter, and a foul mouthed priest is another. I just wish it was sustained throughout and wasn't bogged down with a derivative plot and boring exposition. The strange thing is the film is brimming with jokes, but they don't hit as hard as you'd like as the tone is off. It's a real shame.<p> Overall, Hot Fuzz is not an action movie, or a hilarious comedy. It does have some brilliantly silly moments and there is a lot of fun to be had, it just takes too long to get there. Likeable, but not as good as Shaun of the Dead.

  • April 22, 2007, 7:29 p.m. CST

    The boxofficemojo guys are Randroids

    by troutpencil

    They've posted tons of articles talking about how fantastic and brilliant Ayn Rand was. Also, Holleran is one of the worst reviewers currently on the internet, which is saying a lot. His garbage is so poorly written it is otherworldly; It's like he's trying to parody the way most pretentious pricks write reviews, but his mishandling of the English language and overuse of thesauruses makes it come out completely incoherent and retarded. Not only that but his tastes in movies are fucking crazy, the result of an advanced mental illness no doubt.

  • April 22, 2007, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Blarney-Man, thanks for the appreciation, but regarding

    by Bronx Cheer

    <p>"Hot Fuzz," I think you might not have been in the right head space to meet the film on its own terms. I saw it again today, and if anything, it was a lot easier to go for the ride than it was during the first viewing. A lot goes on in this film, and once the complex plot and the endless stream of characters are absorbed, the jokes seem to get funnier the second time around. If you aren't in the mood for a film like "Hot Fuzz," then you may never come around.</p> <p>I had this problem with "Gladiator." So many people raved about it and I couldn't stop myself from laughing at all the wrong times.</p> <p>Some of the gags got old the first time through, like the exaggerated door openings and closings, and the many sound effects that jack up the "action," but once you've been through the story once, there are some rewards the second time around. Nevertheless, to each his own. I think this group has a great future, and I am looking forward to their next project. Cheers.</p>

  • April 22, 2007, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Scott Holleran

    by antonphd

    The best/worst part of his retarded review/rant about Hot Fuzz, which he CLEARLY didn't even watch, is how be claims that... are you ready for this... "there are many who watch violent movies who don't murder". I shit you not. And then of course, like mentioned above, he does indeed go on the blow the sons of John Wayne. John Wayne, who, some of his films were war time propoganda?! This guy is a movie hater. He must have sucked donkey cock with the writer of BOM and has polaroids or something, I can't imagine why else he's allowed on the site.

  • April 22, 2007, 8:30 p.m. CST

    HOT FUZZ

    by antonphd

    Most fun I've had this year!! Can't wait for Knocked Up and Super Bad. By the power of greyskull!!

  • April 22, 2007, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Good cops don't shoot to disable

    by theageofknights.com

    Bad cops do that. And get fired. Good cops only shoot when their target is a threat to society and can't afford to have them escape. They shoot for the middle of the body to stop them from harming others.

  • April 22, 2007, 8:43 p.m. CST

    it was just ok.

    by mr. brownstone

    it definetly had it's moments but they telegraphed way too many of the jokes and it became a drag waiting for them to actually play out. over directed too. they obviously think it's much funnier than it actually is.

  • April 22, 2007, 8:46 p.m. CST

    also

    by mr. brownstone

    I *get* the movie and that using the cliches etc is supposed to be funny... its just that most of the time it wasn't.

  • April 22, 2007, 8:55 p.m. CST

    I am wondering if people who dislike modern action

    by Bronx Cheer

    films are the ones who responded positively to this film, and do people who love "Point Break" and "Bad Boys 2" not care much for this film because it makes loving fun of modern slam-bang actions flicks.

  • April 22, 2007, 9 p.m. CST

    I guess the check cleared.

    by I Dunno

    This doesn't look as funny as Shaun of the Dead, which was overrated anyway.

  • April 22, 2007, 9:10 p.m. CST

    HOT FUZZ at the box office

    by slone13

    HOT FUZZ is a gigantic hit across the pond. Any money it makes here in the US is just gravy. Great movie, too. Way more enjoyable than GRINDHOUSE, too. Suck it, haters.

  • April 22, 2007, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Harry missed the love story

    by KCMOSHer

    I think our big red buddy has missed the love story aspect of this film entirely. It's the single biggest joke in the film. What's one of the facets of EVERY action film? Why, the heroic cop winning over the leading lady. It usually involves cheesy one liners with the hero trying to sound macho and cool. That's all here: but it's Danny (Nick), not a woman. This isn't a hetero thing as Harry says, and that's the joke: these two aren't gay, -clearly- aren't gay, yet share all the usual bullshit romantic scenes that exist in movies like the Lethal Weapon series and so on. If you listen close, they also share many lines from 'big dumb action' films' love scenes. That's the joke: it's full blown, 100% over the top romance...between two completely straight cops. By twisting the standard action movie 'rookie learns from the cynical old pro' relationship into a completely inappropriate one where they buy each other Japanese peace lillies, they turn the entire relationship into one constant laugh-fest. The movie is genius, we agree on that, but I can't believe Harry effectively misunderstood the best and longest running gag in the film. I kept waiting for Nick to tell Danny that 'pain don't hurt' before taking off his shirt!

  • April 22, 2007, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Forget it Nick...it's Sanford...

    by jabbathegriffin

    Fucking brilliant.

  • April 22, 2007, 10:24 p.m. CST

    The "Chinatown" quote was GREAT.

    by Bronx Cheer

    I recommend strongly that you see this film twice. The second viewing opened the film up a lot for me, and I dug it the first time through. It's rare as hell for a comedy to improve with a repeat viewing.

  • April 22, 2007, 11:46 p.m. CST

    Second, that Bronx...

    by slapshot

    ...saw it twice yesterday, and enjoyed it even more the second time. Crowded for the afternoon show, sold out for the 10pm, and I don't know when I've ever been in a crowd laughing that much and that long at a movie; I'm gonna have to see it again at a matinee in a few weeks just to enjoy some of the bits that got laughed over. As for the "jog on" comment someone made earlier, if you've never heard that before you need to see more Brit films; start with anything by Nick Love, go from there. As for the critics and naysayers, I just gotta figure you've got your heads up your arses: Hot Fuzz is not just better than Shaun, not just the funniest thing I've seen in ages, not just a great action movie, but a great movie, period. Hot Fuzz is my new Favorite. Movie. Ever.

  • April 23, 2007, 12:05 a.m. CST

    and only a tard would call Naked Gun retarded

    by troutpencil

    Maybe 33 and 1/3rd was pushing it, but the tv show and for the most part the movies are absolutely brilliant, the best that that genre has produced, some of the best comedies ever, and fairly sharp and observant if i do say so myself. Not even near the lowly stoop that the Scary Movie shitfests rest on. Fuck Harry.

  • April 23, 2007, 2:16 a.m. CST

    No sorry CondomWrapper.

    by Talkbacker with no name

    It's Anderson for Gilliam or nothing, bud. Hey I don't make the rules, Britain has spoken.

  • April 23, 2007, 2:29 a.m. CST

    I hope other filmmakerstake note

    by BendersShinyAss

    THIS film is the reason we go to the movies!

  • April 23, 2007, 2:44 a.m. CST

    Bronx Cheer, Hot Fuzz was just too long & a bit boring

    by Blarney-Man

    There is a lot to like, but the film is far too self-indulgent and needed to be editted way down. It takes forever forever to get going, despite all the Tony Scott style editting, and I hated Bad Boys 2 and Point Break so your theory on why some like Hot Fuzz more than others is irrelevant in my case.

  • April 23, 2007, 2:50 a.m. CST

    Palimpsest

    by Sepulchrave

    Neil Jordan is NOT British. He is from Ireland; County Sligo to be precise. I got no problem with Brits but it irks me when you grab us for your own when we do good. When we're pissed in an airport; oh yeah, we're sure Irish then.

  • April 23, 2007, 2:59 a.m. CST

    Sepulchrave

    by Blarney-Man

    "When we're pissed in an airport; oh yeah, we're sure Irish then." That could quite easily be a Brit, but you'd be surprised how many Britons believe Ireland is still part of Britain and we're just being stuck up for not wanting to be apart of their community. I know, I was baffled too.

  • April 23, 2007, 4:53 a.m. CST

    I thought the second foot chase was better

    by DirkD13"

    And the preceding scene with Anne (God rest 'em) Reid was the best in the film.<p>I still believe another couple of million squids would have been beneficial to the finale, but hey, I'm just glad these guys are making films and long may they continue.

  • April 23, 2007, 4:57 a.m. CST

    Sepulchrave, oh come on!

    by Talkbacker with no name

    It's not like we knew he was Irish and tried to steal him! Honest mistake. We already feel guilty for Paul WS Anderson, don't hit a man while he's down or I'll bring up Boyzone and Westlife :)Oh come on, I'm joshing with ya!

  • April 23, 2007, 5:02 a.m. CST

    Blarney-Man, the confusion comes...

    by Talkbacker with no name

    from Northern Ireland being part of the UK. We got some really uneducated people in this country who don't know the difference between Britain and the United Kingdom.

  • April 23, 2007, 5:23 a.m. CST

    BEST MOVIE EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE!!!!

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    Recall that jerk who said that? I still say FUCK OFF AND SHUT UP dumbass. This is a nice little movie - nothing more, nothing less.

  • April 23, 2007, 5:51 a.m. CST

    The Andys

    by the power of Grayskull

    DS Andy Wainwright: You do know there are more guns in the country than there are in the city. <br> <br> DS Andy Cartwright: Everyone and their mums is packin' round here! <br> <br> Nicholas Angel: Like who? <br> <br> DS Andy Wainwright: Farmers. <br> <br> Nicholas Angel: Who else? <br> <br> DS Andy Cartwright: Farmers' mums. <br> <br>

  • April 23, 2007, 5:59 a.m. CST

    Massively over hyped film on this site

    by LightninBolt

    Just cos the like the guys that made it and Universal kiss AICN's asses they have pushed this film way too much. It's a good comedy. Too long and too superficial for me to love. Can you guys promote some other films for one second!!?

  • April 23, 2007, 6:01 a.m. CST

    Talkbacker with no name, I commend you ...

    by Blarney-Man

    For not going berserk and starting a slanging match. I find it funny that even some Brits don't understand that Ireland is a separate country, but that's just some.

  • April 23, 2007, 6:03 a.m. CST

    Other Brit greats....

    by pepperman

    I noticed that Christopher Nolan and Powell/Pressburger were not on the list for other great British film makers....thought I would chuck their names into the hat...to much spare time on my hands...... Watch out for Nolan in particular....he is already a huge talent! " Here's to swimming with bone legged women!"

  • April 23, 2007, 6:10 a.m. CST

    If you cant laugh at the opening of Naked gun 2

    by emeraldboy

    then there is something wrong. Nielsen Gift for comedy comes from playing all those granite jawed heroes for thirty years before hand. The scene where he is looking pricilla presely's ass and says Nice Beaver and she says I know I had it stuffed yesterday. I love those movies, the third one was dismal. They are classics. I even love the hot shot movies. I left you in wall street.

  • April 23, 2007, 6:10 a.m. CST

    well no need for all that nonsense eh, Blarney-Man

    by Talkbacker with no name

    We are all brothers and sisters here, bud. <p>We are also sorry to the irish for Paul WS Anderson.

  • April 23, 2007, 6:18 a.m. CST

    I saw this film back in Feb and I enjoyed but there are

    by emeraldboy

    films which will be just as good and too be honest the film that i am most looking forward is Hammer and Tongs follow up called Son of Rambow. Its an autobiographical piece about Nick Goldsmith and how he was given a movie camera for his birthday and so he and his mate decide to thier own version of Rambo.

  • April 23, 2007, 6:20 a.m. CST

    Blarney-Man, it should be 20 minutes shorter

    by Bronx Cheer

    There's definitely bloat. Five minutes of gunfighting alone could be chopped and no one would miss it.

  • April 23, 2007, 6:21 a.m. CST

    harry is turning into

    by emeraldboy

    a snob.

  • April 23, 2007, 6:23 a.m. CST

    emeraldboy, what the fuck!?

    by Talkbacker with no name

    Are you always drunk or something?

  • April 23, 2007, 6:56 a.m. CST

    Semantics and pedantics

    by the power of Grayskull

    Even the government uses the term Britain as an informal term for the "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland". <br> <br> Check for yourself - http://www.number-10.gov.uk/output/Page823.asp

  • April 23, 2007, 7:19 a.m. CST

    No, talkbacker with no name

    by emeraldboy

    I dont drink!

  • April 23, 2007, 7:32 a.m. CST

    Scott Holleran

    by stvnhthr

    I think Scott Holleran is a terrible movie reviewer, but I think that is his selling point. You can find dozens of competent reviewers, but very few crackpots of Scott's calibre who write for popular websites. Everyone hates Scott's reviews. No one agrees with him. He writes so people have an outlet for their hatred of bad reviews and reviewers; and I think that is sort of his own little private joke. He wants to be hated and laughs at the idea of anyone taking his views seriously.

  • April 23, 2007, 7:32 a.m. CST

    Run Fat Boy Run

    by eppdude

    At the front of Hot Fuzz, there's a trailer to Pegg's new movie, Run Fat Boy Run. It looks funny, but then I found out it is directed by David Schwimmer, written by Michael Ian Black. Yeesh. And maybe worst of all, no Nick Frost. Damn.

  • April 23, 2007, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Start your message "Scott Holleran is a ........

    by boyblue

    And send it to, info@boxofficemojo.com And hopefully they will lock him in a crate with Paul "Wonder Shit" Anderson and send them off to Latveria! In the lyrical warblings of Bill Murray "The World would be a better place"

  • April 23, 2007, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Yarp

    by Vishnu

    I'm going to sue Hot Fuzz for causing me so much pain, my sides split about half way through and all my guts fell out in the cinema. I'm going to the shop, anyone for a Cornetto? Bring the noise!

  • April 23, 2007, 8:25 a.m. CST

    Santa

    by Vishnu

    I spotted Cate Blanchett as Angel's ex but did not spot Peter Jackson, was he Santa?

  • April 23, 2007, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Yes he was Santa

    by Jugs

    ...

  • April 23, 2007, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Kizeesh, I've slapped you for this before

    by Lost Prophet

    but how the fuck is Calender Girls working class? this leads me to believe that you haven't seen it.

  • April 23, 2007, 8:38 a.m. CST

    Kizeesh, I've slapped you for this before

    by Lost Prophet

    but how the fuck is Calender Girls working class? this leads me to believe that you haven't seen it.

  • April 23, 2007, 8:38 a.m. CST

    Steve Coogan is in it.....

    by samuraiyao

    Another film he has done, that will be an instant classic. Muthafucka is a funny fucker, man The Brits own The Yanks!!!

  • April 23, 2007, 8:38 a.m. CST

    shit sorry

    by Lost Prophet

    double post. Will go and slap myself.

  • April 23, 2007, 9 a.m. CST

    I concur. Steve Coogan is hilarious

    by kikuchiyoboy

    That opening scene with the three cameos cracked me up. The cameos literally pop into the frame. All of them sqeezing into frame. Genius.

  • April 23, 2007, 9:26 a.m. CST

    The scene with with Martin Freeman, coogan and nighy

    by emeraldboy

    is hilarious.

  • April 23, 2007, 9:46 a.m. CST

    I didnt see that film with Schwimmer and Pegg

    by emeraldboy

    maybe they liked working with each other so Schwimmer gave peg a call and said I am making this film Run, fat boy, run. He and Frost despite the appearance of being a double, i dont think they are a double act really. People are getting pissed off cuase he and and pegg arent in everything together with Wright directing. they are all individuals. They will forge there own careers. They will make movies together again in the future. I will repeat. This was a great movie, entertaining and very funny. has anyone from the UK seen the new sketch show called Ruddy Hell! its Paul and Harry. Little britain who?, I sincerely hope that Tate is watching this and taken notes. Whitehouse and Enfield are the best of the best when it comes to this. Characters shouldnt necessarily come with Catchprhases. But they should be well rounded, The stuff with U2 living in round down flat is priceless as are the american couple. Welcome back harry and paul, you have been missed.

  • April 23, 2007, 9:47 a.m. CST

    I'd love to go see it...

    by Fount of Useless Info

    ...if it were playing anywhere around here.

  • April 23, 2007, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Calm The Fuck Down

    by RobFromBackEast

    It is funny, but you are goin waaaaaaaay over the fuckin top Harry. I enjoyed the hell outta it, but the action was hardly of a John Woo or even Michael fuckin Bay standard, c'mon for christ sake

  • April 23, 2007, 10:18 a.m. CST

    emaraldboy

    by DirkD13"

    You can't beat Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt for a contemporary double act, but Harry and Paul have still definately got "it". At least Paul's not working anymore with that fucking Chris Langham pervert.

  • April 23, 2007, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Laugh out loud awesome!

    by nonsensical

    My niece went to disturbia claiming that it was "the film to see", but she didn't know what Hot Fuzz even was. She didn't even know what Shawn of the Dead was... I swear I wonder what my sister is teaching her. She loves horror films and action movies, especially zombie flicks. <p> This movie was fantastic. I told her she HAS to see it. I saw it and also got a free movie pass out of it. Awesome!!

  • April 23, 2007, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Oh yeah...

    by nonsensical

    and I haven't laughed that hard in a long time. My sides hurt for half a day after I saw this movie and I still find myself giggling to myself over some of the stuff that really sticks with you.

  • April 23, 2007, 12:03 p.m. CST

    I ddn't used to drink...

    by palimpsest

    ...but then I watched SOLDIER, AvP and RESIDENT EVIL back-to-back. I've not had a sober day since. Now that we've got an International Criminal Court, can't we have Anderson tried there?

  • April 23, 2007, 12:33 p.m. CST

    we have already apologised for Anderson

    by Lost Prophet

    Simon Cowell, Gordon Ramsey, The Bay City Rollers and many, many other cultural atrocities. <p>I personally don't think it is us that owes the apology- I don't believe they are british, there is just some sort of Hell Mouth located next to a talent vacuum that spawns these embarrassments.

  • April 23, 2007, 12:52 p.m. CST

    RE: Lost Prophet

    by Kizeesh

    I have already apologised for the aforementioned inaccuracy. It was a lapse, and I have seen it actually but the trend in these style of movies is for them to bee penniless Working class duffers.

  • April 23, 2007, 1:01 p.m. CST

    I know. I read on.

    by Lost Prophet

    But couldn't be arsed to correct myself. <p>The point remains the same though- we really don't make that many films like that- you mention Billy Eliot and The Full Monty. You did miss Brassed Off and others. Really we do misery in being poor kitchen sink esque dramas far better- and there are countless examples of that. The type you are talking about is not that common (there are more vile Hugh Grant rom-coms), it just gets a lot of exposure from our media.

  • April 23, 2007, 1:15 p.m. CST

    North America is nuance-free !!

    by flickerbat

    All I can say is, if you get it, you get it, and congrats. And if you don't get it, well, there's always the giant robot turns into truck movie coming. Enjoy.

  • April 23, 2007, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Brilliant

    by sevenrivera

    I am the first to get on my soapbox and rant that AICN can decide to overpromote a project regardless of its actual worth in a seeming attempt to shove it down our collective throats. I have seen it, you all have seen it, we all know it. We can speculate as to motives of such promotion all we want (I personally think it's almost always benign), but that's a different story for a different day. I will say here though that the promotion is more than justified. I can see why the boys are so pumped about this movie. It's an amazing example of satire that is able to mock its target while at the same time exceeding the target at its own game. I loved SOTD but I may even say the guys outdid even themselves when they made this movie. Go see it immediately, preferably in a crowded theater, you will be very glad you did.

  • April 23, 2007, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Roasting Pig on a Spit

    by sevenrivera

    One of my favorite throwaway lines from Hot Fuzz - when the slutty cop is at the fair and she sees the roasting pig with the spit going in its mouth and coming out the back as well and says, "I've looked like that before after a few pints." Good times.

  • April 23, 2007, 2:26 p.m. CST

    palimpsest, tried?

    by Talkbacker with no name

    He needs to be hung, drawn and quatered, mate!

  • April 23, 2007, 2:49 p.m. CST

    What if I was bored to sleep by Shaun of the Dead?

    by Sith Witch

    The trailer for this hasn't won me over by the Pegg/Wright team yet. However I will say they got the "Don't!" dead-on. Make a feature of that and I'll get excited.

  • April 23, 2007, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Then, Sith Witch

    by Talkbacker with no name

    I'd say this movie is really not for you...but then again who am I say. Try it you might like it!

  • April 23, 2007, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Kurt Russell wasnt laughing just smiling a bit

    by kilik777

    I heard this was just ok a little bit disappointing. http://tinyurl.com/pv8do

  • April 23, 2007, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Too much hype! I was not that amused...

    by Zardoz

    Sorry, Harry, et al, but you over-sold the film. I went in expecting the second coming of cinematic Christ and instead I watched a dull British film with some tired action scenes and a surprising amount of gore. (Which isn't really a staple of the action genre; lots of killing sure, but NOT lots of gore) And unlike American action films, NONE of the bad guys were killed at the end. I was expecting some grisly carnage and a high body count at the end but got James Bond with a spike through his jaw instead. (okay, that WAS cool!) The worst offense? Those "death-metal" booking interludes...what the fuck was that about? They totally took me out of the moment, like a splash of cold water in the face. It was an okay film, just not the huge cinematic orgasm you guys are selling...and really, you did the same thing with Shaun of the Dead, too. (although I liked that film more than this one)

  • April 23, 2007, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Your first mistake Zardoz...

    by slone13

    ..was expecting the second coming of Christ. He's not coming back. Ever.

  • April 23, 2007, 3:46 p.m. CST

    As i said i enjoyed this movie however

    by emeraldboy

    I do wish Wright would quit his obession with flash edits. If you have been brought up with the Porkys movies and its successor American pie. Then british humour is isnt something you may not get or appreciate(that is why Wallace and gromit bombed in the US), the office works because if you work in an office you will recognise, the brents or the finchys or the dawns or tims. this may be off topic, but there was a scandal involving premium phone line for phone ins and what lay at the heart of this is that TV companies really dont give a shit about the public. if it rakes in money that is all they care about. That is why american pie was such a success. it made money. Hollywood decided that People like gross(biggs putting his knob into a pie or Stiffler making out with an old lady), the same goes for horror or whats left of horror, although with grindhouse bombing in the cinemas, I am not sure. Hot fuzz is tailor made for british/irish audience becuase we get the bill and Midsommer murders.

  • April 23, 2007, 3:57 p.m. CST

    I suspect the real reason WAG bombed

    by emeraldboy

    was that it wasnt CGI and that it didnt have a Green ogre in it. IN this case its called the curse of pixar. Disney and Dreamworks know that people love CGI and that it makes money. If its quaint it wont sell.

  • April 23, 2007, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Well, let's hope he doesn't come back, slone13...

    by Zardoz

    because that would suck, being the end of days and all that shite! Not that I believe any of that religeous hocus-pocus, slone, you blasphemous cunt! (heh!)

  • April 23, 2007, 4:19 p.m. CST

    And right on, Blarney-man!

    by Zardoz

    Your review nailed this film, spot-on! Now THAT'S what you should expect to see if you go and watch Hot Fuzz. ('cause I don't know what film Harry was watching)

  • April 23, 2007, 4:19 p.m. CST

    It was funny but not great

    by oogabooga

    It could have used a half hour trim and that zoom in with sound effects edit got really fucking annoying by the 300th time they did it. Could have used some tits as well. The cast were very good however top notch acting by all involved.

  • April 23, 2007, 4:19 p.m. CST

    and your second mistake, Zardoz

    by Talkbacker with no name

    ..was mistaking The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion for Heavy Metal.

  • April 23, 2007, 4:29 p.m. CST

    emeraldboy, WAG bombed?

    by Talkbacker with no name

    What you on about? It made 60 million US and about 200 million worldwide. The flick only cost 30 million to make and the US gave it an oscar...yeah it really bombed didn't it.

  • April 23, 2007, 4:33 p.m. CST

    and Hot Fuzz is nothing like The Bill!

    by Talkbacker with no name

    Ok they both have British police officers in it but that's as far as the similarities go. <p>In fact i'd say it has more in common with the likes of Straw Dogs, League of Gentlemen, the wickerman and Bad boys 2.

  • April 23, 2007, 4:44 p.m. CST

    not as serious as shaun, but i fucking loved it anyway.

    by Novaman5000

    There are so many bits that make me laugh when i remember them, and much of the film is subtle and fast and many americans simply won't get it. This one is way sillier than shaun (a movie i fucking loved), but the action and drama that was there worked really well in my opinion. I found myself really into the bits of action like the chases and fights. And the gore was great.

  • April 23, 2007, 4:54 p.m. CST

    "My prices are criminal!!"

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Timothy Dalton is amazing in this film, laugh-out-loud hilarious. And Scott Holleran is a twat of the highest level.

  • April 23, 2007, 5 p.m. CST

    WTF!!!

    by kwisatzhaderach

    I don't think Scott Holleran realises this is supposed to be a spoof, his review: "The latest guns-and-gore spoof, Hot Fuzz, opens in 825 theaters this week, another of those rapid-fire pictures that sneers at values with nihilistic abandon, firing off bullets and one-liners, usually in the same instant, as heads pop off and blood goes spurting and it's all supposedly hilarious. The Virginia Tech massacre is a reminder that it isn't funny. It's just a movie, not real life, goes the refrain whenever criticism is lodged at these mindless shock vehicles, and that point is obvious. But movies are a cultural indicator and similarities between this week's slaughter and the proliferation of perceptual-bound outbursts on screen—the equivalent of a middle finger at civilized society—are undeniable. Though it's early in sorting through the facts of what happened and why, the murderer's modus operandi clearly echoes a cross between a martyred terrorist video and a Kill Bill movie. There may not be a causal connection—many people see this sniveling trash and don't kill people and not every mass murderer watches violent movies—but there is a link. Both have total contempt for life. Hot Fuzz, which applies dry humor to the death-premise genre, is one of countless examples in this type of thing, from Saturday Night Live and Monty Python skits to South Park and Beavis and Butthead. Hot Fuzz adds a trigger-pumping leading man (dynamic Simon Pegg) who plays it straight. But it ultimately cracks the same, shopworn joke that limbs being blown off is a hoot. A minimum of thirty-two people in Blacksburg, Virginia, were murdered in a siege that ranks as the worst shooting in U.S. history. The coordinated attack—pre-documented by the shooter and mailed to NBC—happened like a lot of what's playing in movie theaters. People who find that disgusting ought to stop and think about that the next time they pick which movie to see." WHAT A DICK.

  • April 23, 2007, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Harry is a clueless twat

    by Superflyfox

    so you made a website for movie fans, big f'ing deal. You know jack shit about movies.

  • April 23, 2007, 5:17 p.m. CST

    hate to use the non-word "meh", but it applies

    by HypeEndsHere

    just ok. and not only do you not know what satire is, harr, but the brits don't hold a grudge about 1776.

  • April 23, 2007, 5:27 p.m. CST

    talkbacker with no name harry says the following.....

    by emeraldboy

    Now – I’m not real sure what the national prejudice is that keeps British accented films of a superior quality from kicking the rightful amount of ass that they deserve to in the United States. I’m not sure why SHAUN OF THE DEAD didn’t perform at the spectacular levels I wanted it to… of the last WALLACE & GROMIT film… or the gangster flicks… He implies that Wallace and gromit failed some how. Is he ignorant of Wallace And Triumpant BO. The Answer is yes.

  • April 23, 2007, 5:31 p.m. CST

    that hould read wallace and gromit's

    by emeraldboy

    Triumphant box office.

  • April 23, 2007, 5:33 p.m. CST

    and get ready for the let down that is "Knocked Up"

    by HypeEndsHere

    saw it a week and a half ago and sent in a less than stellar review. (actually, the review was fine, the movie was less than stellar.)

  • April 23, 2007, 6 p.m. CST

    Clip from Peter Jackson Short Film...

    by blackmantis

    ...shot on that fancy new camera. http://www.24puser.com/crossing1.mov

  • April 23, 2007, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Emeraldboy, you make my head hurt ...

    by Blarney-Man

    I dunno what it is but you just annoy me so much and you're constant statements of fact (which are usually just random bollocks you think are correct)get on my bleedin nerves.

  • April 23, 2007, 6:39 p.m. CST

    British accents are retarded...

    by trojanwilliams

    I mean they invented the language for chrissakes. <br><br> Shaun of the Dead was not the best film of 2004 as some would have you believe but it was a nice small British zombie comedy that grabbed a solid following much like 28 Days Later did for the horror/thriller Genre 2 years earlier. <br><br>I liked it for what it was- an entertaining comedy about our modern lifestyle that just happened to star zombies but I also admit that it had a lot of the typical problems that we tend to let slide in smaller films. <br><br> That said I am looking forward to Hot Fuzz. I do think Pegg is a great talent and it should be good for a fun time at the movies. <br><br> Oh and yes I was kidding about the British accents. They're not retarded they're just occasionally difficult to decipher.

  • April 23, 2007, 7:29 p.m. CST

    Did you guys know that no one in "Fuzz" is British?

    by Bronx Cheer

    They're all from Ukraine. Amazing the way they've been able to fool everyone. I mean, even Nill Nighy and Steve Coogan were born and raised in Kiev. Oh yeah, I also have a really cool picture of the Joker to show you. I swear it's not a fake.

  • April 23, 2007, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Make that Bill Nighy, or...

    by Bronx Cheer

    as he was known in Ukraine, Oleksiy Bohuslav.

  • April 23, 2007, 10:37 p.m. CST

    Saw it Saturday and loved it

    by Jonah Echo

    I really enjoyed Shaun of the Dead and found it got better with time, but I think Hot Fuzz was ultimately a better movie. Blending the cliches and their own wit and madness together to come up with something that was this entertaining is a testament to the ability of these guys. There were so many great moments, and yes, it doesnt stick to just action films. The entire second half, before that insane finale, reminded me of one of those gothic european slashers that feature hooded assasins and secret societies. In particular, that Jean Reno movie, Crimson Rivers 2 came to mind, which featured grim reaper-esque killers picking people off violenty in public. I also loved Angel's decision not to kill anyone so instead he wounds them in ways that would make the Punisher proud. Great stuff!

  • April 23, 2007, 10:42 p.m. CST

    Prince Baron...

    by DoctorWho?

    "Lying Bitch!!!"

  • April 24, 2007, 2:07 a.m. CST

    "Murder, murder, murder..."

    by slapshot

    "change the fuckin' channel." I think a sequel is inevitable (Hotter Fuzz?), but I really want a side-quel with the Andys. Love 'em!

  • April 24, 2007, 3:04 a.m. CST

    Blarney-Man, Same for me!

    by Talkbacker with no name

    Now I don't mean to pick on emeraldboy at all as it's harmless enough and he is entitled to his opinion as much as the next talkbacker, but this posts send me into such a dizzy spin I'm left smacking my head in confusion. <p>Emerald, when harry says "Im not sure why SHAUN OF THE DEAD didn’t perform at the spectacular levels I wanted it to… of the last WALLACE & GROMIT film… or the gangster flicks" I'm sure he is implying WAG was a success and wants Edgar's movies to do the same...I'm sure that's right...isn't? God I just don't know anymore! Agggghhhh! But don't get me wrong, in a strange deranged way, I always look forward to your rainman ramblings, bud.

  • April 24, 2007, 3:17 a.m. CST

    and Emerald

    by Talkbacker with no name

    One minute you are saying WAG is a failure and the next "ignorant of WAG's Triumpant BO". <p>I thought it was me who just didn't understand what you were on about so I sent your posts to a friend via email. He replied with "I love how much you hate this bloke" followed by "Stop sending me Emerald Boy's postings! It's doing my head in!" <p>For the record I don't hate you at all. I see you more as a science experiment and I will get to the bottom of what makes you tick...I have too as I can't sleep at night thinking about your amazing (but flawed) brain..maybe i'm the one that needs help!

  • April 24, 2007, 3:20 a.m. CST

    Give emeraldboy Black postings!

    by Talkbacker with no name

    He's the reason I come to this site more than ever these days.

  • April 24, 2007, 3:34 a.m. CST

    lmao@ Talkbacker with no name

    by Blarney-Man

    I'm just painfully aware of him because he's bloody Irish and shames my fellow countrymen with his daft proclamations on everything.

  • April 24, 2007, 4:19 a.m. CST

    hehe

    by Talkbacker with no name

    They say there's a fine line between genius and insanity. Most of the time it's "say what you see" with EB. Everytime I see his name i think of Roy Walker meets Christy Brown.

  • April 24, 2007, 4:35 a.m. CST

    Err, emeraldboy

    by Anton_Sirius

    The line from Hot Shots Part Deux is "Loved you in Wall Street!" 'Cause, you see, both Martin and Charlie were IN Wall Street. "I left you in Wall Street"? What the hell is that even supposed to mean?

  • April 24, 2007, 4:47 a.m. CST

    That may be true, Anton

    by Talkbacker with no name

    But don't question the mind of EB. I'm proof that getting sucked in is really not good for your health.

  • April 24, 2007, 5:18 a.m. CST

    despite, what you all think of me someone who you all

    by emeraldboy

    nothing about. My family are all very smart people. and very hard working.

  • April 24, 2007, 5:43 a.m. CST

    Hey don't get me wrong, emeraldboy

    by Talkbacker with no name

    I've learnt to love ya...granted almost obsessively now. I've even started looking at other talkbacks for all your postings. I say you should get a black box and become AICN's mascot! and nobody is dissing your family, dude. where did that come from? as unpredictable as ever. hehe that's why I loves ya.

  • April 24, 2007, 6:07 a.m. CST

    Now, now. Scott Halloran doesn't hate everything...

    by Sundaycall1

    He hates 98% of everything, in his own self-righteous, over-baring cynical fashion that online "critics" are so adept to nowadays but the man did credit some movies on their merit and do remember he only reviews one movie a week not all of them. He did praise last year's The Illusionist for it's craftsmanhip (but had distatse for The Prestige) and he gave a positively glowing review of Batman Begins....so that's 2 movies in almost 2 years that Mr. Halloran liked. Yey

  • April 24, 2007, 6:13 a.m. CST

    Scary Movie IS dumb. Naked Gun...

    by henrydalton

    Scary Movie IS dumb. Naked Gun is silly, but it's certainally not dumb. In fact, it's a classic on the same level as 'Airplane!'. I'm pretty appalled that Harry would even mention those in the same breath, unless it was 'and after a few years, Naked Gun's David Zucker finally really hit rock bottom with the last two godawful, shit stupid Scary Movies.' That said, Hot Fuzz is fucking fun. It's got a slow first two thirds (church scene notwithstanding), but that's more than paid off by the last third, in which I was laughing non stop.

  • April 24, 2007, 7:03 a.m. CST

    After your comments in the coens talkback, emeraldboy

    by Talkbacker with no name

    I have no choice but to destroy you!

  • April 24, 2007, 8:36 a.m. CST

    am I not allowed

    by emeraldboy

    have an opinion. That is all i am giving.

  • April 24, 2007, 9:14 a.m. CST

    wasn't that impressed

    by papabendi

    having seen it again i can now confirm to myself it wasn't that great. Reminded me of the Comic Strip films of Peter Richardson...the later ones.

  • April 24, 2007, 9:20 a.m. CST

    um...no emeraldboy

    by Talkbacker with no name

    You gave up that right when you dissed the amazing 'Man who wasn't there'. Sorry.

  • April 24, 2007, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Have an opinion, emeraldboy

    by Blarney-Man

    But at least type it coherently and don't act a victim. It's annoying.

  • April 24, 2007, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Talkbacker are you a fan of

    by emeraldboy

    Catchphrase. Roy Walker is also an amazing singer. apparently. In harry's review, he hopes that Hot fuzz will be a huge success and wondered why other british films like Wallace and Gromit(Aardman) and lock, stock(gangster movies) were were not as big in america as they ought to have been in his opinion. Whether that is in terms of Box office, harry does not make clear.

  • April 24, 2007, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Not really EB

    by Talkbacker with no name

    But you remind me of ROy Walker with your "say what you see" style of posting.

  • April 24, 2007, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Shrug of a movie

    by Dragon

    It was funny in parts, boring in parts, but anyone who thinks this is absolutely brilliant and original...well sorry. It was worth a few laughs but ultimately forgettable.

  • April 24, 2007, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Does anyone know....

    by emeraldboy

    is grindhouse still opening on june 1st in the uk/ireland

  • April 24, 2007, 5:06 p.m. CST

    GRINDHOUSE UK...

    by palimpsest

    No idea. The original film trailer is still running in UK cinemas, and IMDB is still showing the release date as June 1st. However, GRINDHOUSE still hasn't been classified by the BBFC yet. It might be awaiting classification in its original form, but the possibility remains that it will be submitted in other formats. My guess? They'll release the 1 hour 50 minute cut of DEATH PROOF that Tarantino is showing at Cannes as a stand-alone film. If that flops in the UK, then I'd then guess that the UK won't see PLANET TERROR until the DVD hits.

  • April 24, 2007, 5:11 p.m. CST

    On reflection...

    by palimpsest

    ... this flags up the idiocy of the Weinstein Company's marketing. Tarantino has always had a better critical reception in the UK than in the US. GRINDHOUSE could well have been released here (UK) first, taken that momentum to Cannes, then used that to springboard a late Summer release in the US, safely away from family movies, blockbusters, Easter etc...

  • April 24, 2007, 6:33 p.m. CST

    You cheeky Brits can have my Gilliam...

    by Childe Roland

    ...when you pry him from my cold, dead fingers!<p>We'll give you Ratner for Anderson.<p>As for Scott Holleran, wasn't he the kid Cartman fed the chili to on South Park? No wonder he has issues. Even Radiohead thinks he's a pussy.

  • April 24, 2007, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Weinsteins Currency has been

    by emeraldboy

    completely devalued follwing this debacle. I was talking to my cinema going friend today and he and I agree this summer is going to be a good one. and it all kicks off this/next weekend spiderman with spiderman 3

  • April 24, 2007, 7:03 p.m. CST

    Ratner? RATNER??

    by palimpsest

    Well, he's competent, I suppose, but a soulless corporate hack. Anderson, though, lacks even competence. He's a buffoon, a doofus, a window-licking mouth-breathing product of underage cousin-sex. These may not be facts, but I defy anyone to disprove the truth in these statements. It takes a rare skill to be given a copper-bottomed property such as RESIDENT EVIL and fail to make a movie with a zombie in it. If genius had kryptonite...

  • April 25, 2007, 1:15 a.m. CST

    Childe Roland ok you got a deal

    by Talkbacker with no name

    Would have liked Gilliam but if that's the best offer, on behalf of britain I will be happy take it...*sigh* sure we can't have Terry? We will throw in Guy Richie (which includes you getting his wife back).

  • April 25, 2007, 2:55 a.m. CST

    X3 was fucking good.

    by Blarney-Man

    I've had enough of this mad proliferation of the idea X3 was a piece of shit. It was far superior to X1 and more exciting than X2. So, enough of this repetitive shite. It was a great summer film.

  • April 25, 2007, 3:03 a.m. CST

    I saw resident evil and

    by emeraldboy

    2 mins of it were enough. That pounding soundtrack made it unwatchable. I think the zombies were supposed to mutant zombies. It was rubbish.

  • April 25, 2007, 3:46 a.m. CST

    You Must See This Film

    by lmoose

    Everyone must go see this film. Edgar and Simon need to be encouraged to make more brilliant films like this.

  • April 25, 2007, 6:56 a.m. CST

    There you go again Emeraldboy ...

    by Blarney-Man

    "I saw Resident Evil and 2 mins of it were enough." Then you didn't see Resident Evil, you watched the opening fucking titles. For all you know it was a great little suspense film that fulfilled the promise it made. Just make up your mind, man. And fer fuck sake re-read what you write. The amount of incomprehensible grammar you use makes you sound like a dim 15 yr old.

  • April 25, 2007, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Emerald Boy

    by Papa Lazaru

    Ok Folks . I think I've figured out who Emerald Boy is and I have come to the conclusion that its not so much a him as it is a "them " . From the posts it looks like there are about 12 different people all using the login to all express different opinions , there is no order or sense to any of them. As somebody said above about Emerald Boy , there aint nothing wrong with you kid , its just that your posts give me a headache , but at the same time I keep reading them . Its like watching the aftermath of a car crash , but instead of cars you use word. Keep it up though , you annoying little legend you

  • April 25, 2007, 8:08 a.m. CST

    haha Is EB a genius?

    by Talkbacker with no name

    Why can't we just ignore his posts and move on? I'm racking my brains as to what makes him so entertaining but annoying at the highest level! <p>He is like no talkbacker I have ever seen on here. The following post to an attack from a few of us is...dare I say it, Genius! "despite, what you all think of me someone who you all nothing about. My family are all very smart people. and very hard working."

  • April 25, 2007, 8:11 a.m. CST

    From the stuff EB talks about

    by Talkbacker with no name

    and he himself pointed out, he is in his 30's. <p>I'd hate it to be more than one person...say it's not so!

  • April 25, 2007, 11:14 a.m. CST

    I think the method to EB's madness is...

    by Blarney-Man

    Methadone! Are you a recovering heroin addict, emerald?

  • April 25, 2007, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Emerald Boy - the solution

    by palimpsest

    One body, several personalities. Imagine a walking, talking version of IDENTITY, except with added soda bread, magically delicious Lucky Charms, and all manner of Gaelic folderol. Mind you, a dollar says he's Swiss...

  • April 25, 2007, 5:33 p.m. CST

    This isn't just a movie

    by octochan

    It's a comedy renaissance! At least I hope so. When people have to mention Date Movie and Epic Movie as the most recent film 'parodies' next to Hot Fuzz, there's obviously something very very wrong with what the film industry finds funny, and Edgar Wright & Co. are just the guys to fix that.

  • April 25, 2007, 5:51 p.m. CST

    I am Irish

    by emeraldboy

    and there is only one of me. seriously. I dont take drugs or drink or smoke. I live on the east coast of Dublin, Dun laoghaire. I went to a very posh school. Teacher were all crap though. Even though I had a have learning difficulty they did sod all about it and the same goes for Third level. I Love movies of all kinds. blockbusters, art house movies, qt and RR both geniuses. I would never want to work in the industry but for years have been fascinated by it. How stuff works. I have numerous amount of Film books etc. Its late(11.50) I am off to bed. finally, does anyone know if we will ever see a sequel to Starsky and hutch. That film was hysterical.

  • April 25, 2007, 6:01 p.m. CST

    and regarding Resident evil

    by emeraldboy

    Of course I saw more than opening titles. jebus. Resident Evil, I saw on TV. Terrible, just terrible. I got to the bit where the swat team come in and they encounter that girl holographic computer thingy. The terrible acting, the headache inducing score and the woeful dialoug. I couldnt watch the entire movie. So i watch something else.

  • April 26, 2007, 12:47 a.m. CST

    Naked Gun is smart low brow comedy

    by mrtwig48

    It should never be compared to....and I mean NEVER compared to....the shitty spoofs that Scary Movie and these other crap movies throw out. I get what he is saying about Hot Fuzz being a different kind of spoof.....but I think of it more as an action cop movie that is just fucking funny.

  • April 26, 2007, 1:32 a.m. CST

    So there is just one Emerald Boy

    by Talkbacker with no name

    Thank God for that! I was beginning to worry the multiple user conspiracy was true. <p>I found your story of life in Ireland very moving. A lone tear rolled down my face as I read of your learning problems...then you hit me with "know if we will ever see a sequel to Starsky and hutch". You sir, are a fucking genius!

  • April 26, 2007, 5:42 a.m. CST

    Steve Martin.......

    by emeraldboy

    Was one of great screen comedians of the 80's. His wild and crazy guy routine made him a comedy superstar. Like many I watched in Horror as towards the new millenium, his career went into free fall as he starred in the hideous Brining down the house, that was like watching someone in career meltdown. One of his highlights was the Movie all of me. with Lily tomlin. now...here comes the catastrophic news...Martin has decided to remake the movie with that modern bastion of comedy, queen latifah. WOW. whats next. remakes of the jerk, man with the two brains or even worse, in my opinion a remake of the classic movie he made with Sir Micheal Caine and ex-muppet man frank OZ. I cant remember the name but it is one of my favourite films of the 1980's. please someone put this man and his wretched career out of its misery.

  • April 26, 2007, 6:50 a.m. CST

    rotflmao @ talkbacker with no name

    by Blarney-Man

    This guy (Emeraldboy) is taking us all for a ride. He's stone cracked. "Will there ever be a sequel to Starsky and Hutch?" Jesus Christ, he's like Brick Tamland from Anchorman. <p> "I'm emeraldboy. People seem to like me because I am polite and I am rarely late. I like to eat ice cream and I really enjoy a nice pair of slacks. Years later, a doctor will tell me that I have an I.Q. of 48 and am what some people call mentally retarded."

  • April 26, 2007, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Wooooah! Easy, Blarney-Man

    by Talkbacker with no name

    That's no way to talk about our resident genius. He's harmless, dude.

  • April 26, 2007, 1:09 p.m. CST

    How DARE you diss Naked Gun

    by macsmotel

    What the H is going on? Equating Naked Gun with F'n SCARY MOVIE??? With all the crappy parody movies (Date Movie, Epic Movie, Spy Hard, etc) to choose from, you could have easily made your point without dragging a CLASSIC through the mud. Now I'm NOT going to see Hot Fuzz, just because of that. (just kidding, but seriously - Naked Gun rules)

  • April 26, 2007, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Calm down Talkbacker with no name.

    by Blarney-Man

    Wind your neck in.

  • April 26, 2007, 9:54 p.m. CST

    ...

    by SoonerSean

    I saw it this week and laughed quite a bit once it got going... but I thought it started a tad slow. I love SOTD and have proably seen that one at least 30 times... "I'll stop doing it when you stop laughing". My only issue with HF was that the background music was almost over-powering early on. Maybe it was just the mix on the film that we got at my theater... but the music was cranked way loud and the vocals way low. It was driving me batty. Still... a very good movie and I'll be 1st in line when it comes out on DVD.

  • April 27, 2007, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Call me a criminal, cuz I just saw this today...

    by Onomaki Forp

    ...and I have not read Harry's review nor any of the posts above to avoid spoilerage...so maybe I'm repeating someone else's observations, BUT did anybody else notice a big plot similarity with the original Wicker Man? Really, REALLY uptight by the book cop goes to way too quiet village and discovers something sinister behind the scenes? Even what he does discover is really kinda of similar...and you know this has got to be intentional because now Edward Woodward is playing one of the eccentric villagers! Also there is a "parkour" sequence lifted right out of Crimson Rivers: Angels of the Apocalypse...and Simon's cop is actually named Angel?

  • April 28, 2007, 6:34 a.m. CST

    Hot fuzz is an

    by emeraldboy

    homage to the wickerman. I have never seen crimson rivers. is that the film with Jean Reno.

  • April 28, 2007, 6:49 a.m. CST

    Great line from the wonderful Nick Frost...

    by Chilly

    "What a cunt." Funniest use of the word in cinema ever. Discuss.

  • April 28, 2007, 3:54 p.m. CST

    emeraldboy

    by Onomaki Forp

    Yeah, the one with Jean Reno...the sequel "Angels of the Apocalypse" has an intense foot chase of a man in a hooded robe, also a sequence in a grocery mart, and the main villain is Lord Summerisle hisself: Christopher Lee. This makes me wonder if they might have tried to get Lee for this film, he'd have been great as the Vicar. Speaking of Jean Reno - another reference: Leon's houseplant and Nick's peace lilly.

  • April 28, 2007, 3:59 p.m. CST

    chilly...

    by Onomaki Forp

    ...you may be right. The only other time that comes close is not cinema, but television - - the Monty Python with the guy who's speech impediment prevents him from speaking the letter "C", forcing him to substitute the letter "B" - when he finally realises that he could have substituted "K" instead he says "What a silly bunt!"

  • April 28, 2007, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Here is the official site...

    by Onomaki Forp

    ...check out the trailer you should see the similarities. (it's in French, though) http://www.rp2-lefilm.com/

  • May 5, 2007, 7:39 p.m. CST

    fuck a foot chase

    by white owl

    but it's a good movie

  • May 21, 2007, 2:24 p.m. CST

    What is all the fuss about?

    by SteffanLongdon

    What is all the fuss about? I watched HOT FUZZ and WHITE CHICKS in the Sunday. HOT FUZZ was probably a better film but i laughed more at WHITE CHICKS.

  • May 22, 2007, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Goose in Car

    by Maui

    Couldn't agree more - just loved this movie. Saw it the weekend it came out. Just too many off the hook scenes in this flick, but I really liked the scene with the goose in the car (towards the end).

  • June 16, 2007, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Very funny British movie...

    by football

    I thought Timothy Dalton was great in this movie, which reminds me what a criminally under-used actor he is. To enjoy this movie you need a high level of intelligence and a developed sense of humour as some of the jokes are subtle and will go completely amiss if you're just used to crass slapstick, which let's not forget the US churns out by the dozen every single day. I thought, for once, Harry got this right. If you don't like it I suggest you go fuck one of your piping hot apple pies you're so fond of!! For the record this was better than Shaun of the Dead..

  • July 7, 2007, 11:25 a.m. CST

    You get it!!!

    by cheeseweasel

    Americans getting UK comedy? Who's next? ...China? ...North Korea? ... Islamic extremists?? .... Global Irony Appreciation?!? I'm sore from pinching myself!

  • Aug. 2, 2007, 9:34 a.m. CST

    What happened to this world...

    by Fatsquatch

    SteffanLongdon, are you frickin' serious?

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Not necessarily criminal....

    by hookem2008

    While I definitely enjoyed the humor of this movie, I don't think it is a must see movie for everyone. I didn't see Shaun of the Dead, so I can't really join in on the comparison of the two. All I can say is that Hot Fuzz is a movie that doesn't go for the subtle humor, and just gives the laughs to you rather than making you work for it. I enjoyed it, although I don't know if I would bother to see it again.

  • Aug. 19, 2007, 10:27 a.m. CST

    way behind, but

    by heyscot

    I'm predisposed to like Simon Pegg and Nick Frost because they're good guys and I can tell they mean well. But this movie was pretty awful, unfortunately. Not only was the editing so quick that it took away the emotional set-up of every scene (making it harder than hell to care about something you didn't have any time to react to), the movie itself was also about 45 minutes too long. Terribly disappointing.

  • Aug. 20, 2007, 6:37 p.m. CST

    excellent film. but rogue sucks at releasing stuff

    by airman

    this should've done a lot better

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 11:47 p.m. CST

    How do movies like this bomb anyway? Oh, wait...I know

    by AngryMan93

    Because everyone in this country is so dumbed down by all of the overly glossy assembly line products that have way too much fucking sponsorship. Like the utter fucking crap like Wild Hogs. How the fuck was that ever #1 at the box office as long as it was I will never know. Don't get me wrong, i applaud Disney for still doing family friendly films but that story had no story whatsoever for the most part, it was just recycled trash from other films. The only good thing about it was William H/ Macy's character in it. Other than that though the movie was just another forgettable assembly line from corporate Hollywood. Now a movie like this, which cost about a third of the bill for the buffet food line for your average James Bond film, could've been one of the top blockbusters of the summer if the studios had really tried. Now, don't get me wrong, it did qquite well, but compared to what the amount Wild Hogs and 300 did, it was a tad undersold afterall. I mean, it didn't even have a fraction of the amount of paid advertising as 300 did but I still thik that it could have lasted even longer if it weren't for the amount of advertising compared to 300 and other stuff as well. First of, everyone has to grow the hell up with this whole, "Oh, they have those damn accents!," whiny ass cry-baby bullshit. Seriously people, grow the fuck up with that shit. Gain some culture instead of just whacking to every over the top Micheal Bay action production extravaganza. Second of all, send ups generally in this country if they're generally directed by the guys who did the American Pie movies. Another reason is that ths movie does not need to have rely on crude raunchy humor (ie: crass shit like White Chicks). Instead it relies on well drwan out characters and scenarios and different spins on familiar situations. Another reason is that the stroy takes its time to build up and people tend not to like that these days. And finally (and this is also part of a response to the last sentence statement that I made) is that people are just plain spastic dumbass shits when it comes to viewing movies these days. These days people can just never shut the fuck up and pay attention. Instead, they are always on their fucking cell phone (which you want to kick right up their ass)or they're talking more than half of the movie and only pay attention when there is scenes of violence or sexual scenes. You always have to dumb a movie down considerally for today's movie audiences or they get pissed off and threaten to riot. That's why Dances With Wolves could never be the success that it was back then and have it become the same success today. People are too damn motherfucking stupid and impateint to just sit there and watch a movie without bitching and talking unless it is something like a Micheal Bay action film. in closing I think that Hot Fuzz is the perfect send up ofbuddy cop action films not because not in how it goes about doing it but because it never really tries to disect the film type but rather just gives an interesting take on a tired genre. And to those people who are angered by the quick editing, I think thatit is a very clever homage to the films of Micheal Bay such as Bad Boys 1 and 2 and it really gave me an extra laugh during the action scnes or just during regular scenes such as Sergeant Nicholas Angel writing up police reports. To those who are not consumed by watching overly advertised corporate Hollywood movie and venture outside of the studio fims more often than most, I beg of you, please watch this film.. Even if you hate it and don't get it, at least try something beyond the norm for once. And hey, at least it you can go into it knowing that it will at least be better than Gigli.

  • Sept. 18, 2007, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Just watched this last night...enjoyed it

    by just pillow talk

    I do agree with Harry about having a smile on my face while I watched this. While not laugh-out-loud all the time, it did have some funny moments. It was a good movie.

  • Oct. 2, 2010, 7:06 p.m. CST

    This review is where I got my name.

    by THAT__SAID

    That said, it could have been a different one.

  • Oct. 3, 2010, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Orcus thought it would be Hot Fuzz

    by orcus