Transferred away from London's police force because he was doing too good of a job, Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) is transferred to a small town where the NWA (Neighborhood Watch Alliance) holds down the law better than the cops do. Soon, townspeople start turning up dead, and Angel suspects foul play when the town's leaders rule everything "an accident." The film is written by Pegg and director Edgar Wright, who also helmed the horror-comedy "Shaun of the Dead."
Big question: Is "Fuzz" as smart and funny as "Shaun"?
Catch it: These guys' flicks are too long, and the emotional and satirical elements aren't as rich in "Fuzz" as they were in "Shaun." Yet the new film remains a funny tribute to the cop cliches found in flicks like "Point Break" and "Bad Boys II" (which "Hot Fuzz" mentions directly). If you don't laugh, you're likely a straight-faced fan of "Bad Boys II," and there's your first problem.
Skip it: If you love street performers pretending to be statues. The cops gripe about how irritating the performers are. One question: How can you be bothered by something that does nothing?
Bottom line: "Shaun of the Dead" turned the zombie movie genre into something more, and "Hot Fuzz" doesn't quite accomplish the same. But as a poke in the ribs of cop flicks, it's still bloody entertaining.
Bonus: Don't be disappointed if you never achieved your childhood dream. Nicholas didn't actually become Kermit the Frog like he had hoped, and he turned out just fine!
Matt Pais is the metromix movies producer.
Directed by Edgar Wright; screenplay by Wright and Simon Pegg; photographed by Jess Hall; edited by Chris Dickens; music by David Arnold; production design by Marcus Rowland; produced by Nira Park, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. A Rogue Pictures release; opens Friday. Running time: 2:01. MPAA rating: R (for violent content including some graphic images, and language)
Nicholas Angel - Simon Pegg
Danny Butterman - Nick Frost
Frank Butterman - Jim Broadbent
Simon Skinner - Timothy Dalton