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"HOT FUZZ"
(2007) (Simon Pegg, Nick Frost) (R)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Heavy Extreme *Extreme *Mild Extreme
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Heavy None *Heavy None Extreme
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Moderate Moderate Mild Moderate Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Comedy: After being transferred from London to a small village for being too good at his job, an English cop and his new and overeager assistant start to believe something is criminally amiss in their otherwise tranquil and charming setting.
PLOT:
With an arrest record 400% higher than anyone else on the force, Sgt. Nicholas Angel (SIMON PEGG) is the best cop in London. Yet, his success has his superiors worried, namely that he's making everyone else look bad and could result in downsizing if there aren't any criminals left.

Accordingly, they transfer him to the village of Sanford, known as the safest place in England, where his serious, by-the-books demeanor and cop behavior clash with the quaint town where most everyone is laid-back. That is, except for local cop Danny Butterman (NICK FROST) whose father, Frank (JIM BROADBENT), runs the local police station.

Unlike detectives Andy Wainwright (PADDY CONSIDINE) and Andy Cartwright (RAFE SPALL), or lone female cop Doris (OLIVIA COLMAN), Danny is enthusiastic about having Nicholas around. Constantly asking his new partner if he's done any number of things often seen in cop movies, Danny is slightly irritating to Nicholas who meanwhile tries to apply his big city policing to any number of small incidents that pop up. That amuses the locals such as businessman Simon Skinner (TIMOTHY DALTON) who runs the village grocery.

Yet, when some locals end up dead, Nicholas thinks something fishy is occurring, unlike everyone else who just sees a series of unconnected, random accidents. Knowing he's right, Nicholas sets out to find the culprit, eventually leading to Danny getting to act out his favorite cop movie scenes.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're fans of "Shaun of the Dead" or other British-style comedies, they just might.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For violent content including some graphic images, and language.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • SIMON PEGG plays a serious and by-the-books cop who's so successful that his jealous and/or worried supervisors transfer him to a remote village where he won't make them look bad. Once there, he tries to apply his trademark police style to more low-key events. That is, until various people end up murdered and he must prove that those deaths aren't accidents as everyone else believes. He must put up with Danny's overeager buddy attitude and actions, shoots various villains, and uses strong profanity.
  • NICK FROST plays an overzealous and eager to please local cop who's in search of movie-style cop action, drinks to the point of intoxication, and uses strong profanity.
  • TIMOTHY DALTON plays a local businessman who appears a bit shady and may or may not be involved in the town's wrongdoings.
  • JIM BROADBENT plays Danny's father who runs the station, doesn't believe Nicholas' allegations that serious crime is occurring all around them, and may or may not be involved in the wrongdoings.
  • PADDY CONSIDINE and RAFE SPALL play the station's detectives who don't look highly upon Nicholas or his beliefs that the "accidents" in town are really murders. They also drink, smoke, and use strong profanity.
  • OLIVIA COLMAN plays the lone female in the station who playfully drops various innuendos from time to time.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    Here's a brief summary of the content found in this R-rated comedy. Profanity consists of at least 19 "f" words, while other expletives and colorful phrases are used. Sexually related dialogue is present, as is the sight of a woman wearing a gag top that looks like bare breasts.

    While played for action and/or comedy, various people are killed by various means, sometimes with very bloody and/or gory results. Various gun battles and fights are also present, as is some property damage from various means. Some of that violence and other action and behavior may be enticing for some kids to imitate.

    Various characters have varying degrees of bad attitudes, while some crude humor is also present. Characters smoke and/or drink, with some doing the latter to the point of public intoxication. Finally, some mild tense family material is also present.

    Should you still be concerned about the film's appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home, you may want to look more closely at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.

    For those prone to visually induced motion sickness, there are varying amounts of handheld camerawork in the film.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • Nicholas' coworkers hold glasses of what may be champagne as they raise a toast to him.
  • Danny drinks in a pub as do others, including a number of underage kids (who Nicholas rounds up and kicks out). Later, Nicholas sees Danny drunkenly trying to get into his car (not knowing who he is or that he's a cop), calls him on that, and then has to dive out of the way to avoid being hit by Danny's car going in reverse.
  • A beer is placed in front of Nicholas, but is then immediately replaced by a glass of cranberry juice. All of the other cops except for Nicholas then have beer with lunch.
  • Danny drinks a beer in a pub.
  • An actor opens some champagne for an actress and himself.
  • Nicholas and Danny have beer in a pub (after Nicholas doesn't like the sound of his wine choices there), as do Andy & Andy and others.
  • Nicholas mentions his uncle being his inspiration to become a cop, but then adds that the man -- also a cop -- sold drugs to kids in the past.
  • Nicholas and Danny have more beer in the pub, while Skinner has wine and another man is so intoxicated that he falls down and then later urinates in the main part of the pub (we see his stream) rather than in the bathroom. Nicholas and Danny then help escort that man home.
  • Nicholas and Danny have beer back at the latter's home.
  • Andy & Andy have beer.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • In a quick montage, we see a brief view of a knife being jabbed through Nicholas' palm (with bloody results).
  • Nicholas goes to talk to his ex who's working a crime scene where there's blood splattered on the wall along with a bloody handprint.
  • Nicholas finds a teen urinating in public, and when the boy turns, his urine stream hits Danny on the leg (we hear, but don't see all of that act and contact).
  • There's talk of a child's vomit being in a grocery aisle (not seen).
  • We see the hand drawn, flipbook animation Danny has created (where flipping the corner of pages in order creates a stick figure type cartoon where a cop shoots a person in the head, with the latter exploding in a bloody mess.
  • A hooded figure suddenly attacks an actor with an ax, seen in quick glimpses including the victim being bloody and his blood splattering onto an actress with him. The next day, we see their bloody and severed heads sitting on a road, as well as two big blood spots on the back of their recently convertiblized car (as if that's how they lost their heads).
  • Danny suddenly jabs a fork at his eye and hand that's covering that, seemingly with bloody results, but he then shows it's just from a ketchup packet.
  • A man is so intoxicated that he urinates in the main part of the pub (we see his stream) rather than in the bathroom. We later see that man's urine stream at home, hitting but also missing his toilet.
  • We see a man's charred remains following an explosion.
  • A dead or unconscious man has some blood on his face.
  • Part of a large church spire falls a long distance and strikes a man on the head, blasting that part and then embedding itself down into the man's chest from the neck hole. The man then stumbles about that way for a moment before falling over dead (all with extremely bloody and gory results).
  • We see a woman with garden sheers sticking out of her neck, with very bloody results (the work of the killer).
  • We see another flash view of the above severed and bloody heads on the street. We then see additional flashbacks, this time running in reverse from earlier, bloody violence.
  • Nicholas has a little blood on his lip and face.
  • After a fight with Nicholas, a big man's face is bloody.
  • Nicholas discovers a bunch of mummified remains (of people and a dog) in a hidden RV, other bodies in the basement of a church, and some bloody and recently killed teenagers.
  • To fake wounding him, Danny stabs a knife down into Nicholas' chest, but the resultant blood is just ketchup and Nicholas wasn't wounded.
  • Nicholas has some blood on his shirt and arm after being wounded.
  • A big man throws Nicholas around, including through a window, but Nicholas then head-butts and repeatedly punches that man, with bloody results.
  • Nicholas and Skinner's faces are bloody following a fight.
  • A man comes at Nicholas with a box cutter, but trips and falls onto a model church, with its steeple impaling him up through the chin and out his mouth. He's alive, but quite bloody.
  • Danny is somewhat bloody in the rubble of a building following an explosion.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • Most of the following is played for laughs.
  • The film's villains (particularly the murderers) obviously have bad attitudes.
  • Nicholas' superiors transfer him far away so that his highly successful arrest rate doesn't make the rest of them look bad.
  • Andy & Andy have a bad and condescending attitude toward Nicholas. Later, they don't take Nicholas or the deaths he's investigating seriously.
  • A young man shoplifts in Skinner's grocery, prompting Nicholas to give chase.
  • We hear that an actor is having an affair with his female costar (thus cheating on his wife).
  • Nicholas mentions his uncle being his inspiration to become a cop, but then adds that the man -- also a cop -- sold drugs to kids in the past.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • Scenes listed under "Violence" and/or "Blood/Gore" may be unsettling or suspenseful to younger viewers and/or those with low tolerance levels for such material, but it's all played for comedy, so others might not have the same reaction.
  • Nicholas and Danny discover that a shotgun-holding man has an entire arsenal of weapons (handguns, machine guns and even a sea mine) in his possession. That man then strikes the old mine and the cops flee, but the explosive doesn't go off (even when Danny kicks it a few times).
  • A large man grabs Nicholas and throws him to the floor. Nicholas then hits him twice but is thrown around and must avoid ax blows, until Nicholas distracts the man and then hits him on the head with a flower base.
  • Nicholas discovers a bunch of mummified remains (of people and a dog) in a hidden RV, other bodies in the basement of a church, and some bloody and recently killed teenagers.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • Handguns/Machine guns/Knives/Box cutter/Old sea mine/Molotov cocktails: Carried and/or used to threaten, wound, or kill others. See "Violence" for details.
  • An actress holds a prop gun to her head and fakes a suicide (in a modified version of "Romeo and Juliet."
  • Nicholas and Danny discover that a shotgun-holding man has an entire arsenal of weapons (handguns, machine guns and even a sea mine) in his possession. That man then strikes the old mine and the cops flee, but the explosive doesn't go off (even when Danny kicks it a few times).
  • Footage from the movie "Point Break" shows Keanu Reeves firing his gun into the air rather than at a fleeing suspect. Later, Danny does the same rather than shoot someone who's fleeing.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Due to some slang and occasionally strong accents, some of the dialogue could not be understood or heard in full. Thus, the following should be considered a minimum.
  • Phrases: "He's f*ck ugly," "F*ck off," "Was f*cking murdered," "Of course he f*cking was," "Change the f*cking record," "F*ck off, grasshopper," "Yeah, m*therf*cker," "What the f*ck is he all about?" "F*ck yeah," "You little f*cker," "For f*ck's sake," "A load of sh*t," "What absolute horsesh*t," "Punch that sh*t," "What a c*nt," "We'll be up to our balls in jugglers," "Arse," "Hell of a day," "Piss," "Tosser," an incomplete "You mothers..." "Blow on," "Put a sock in it," "Crockett and Tubby," "Bloke," "Ass-wipe," "Wanker," "Bloody," "You and your monkey," an incomplete "What the..." "Sissy," "Shut it," "Looney" (adjective), "Hag," "Shut up," "(You silly) Bastard," "You cheeky bugger" and "You dirty bastard."
  • All of the stunts, gunplay and more might be enticing for some kids to imitate.
  • A young man shoplifts in Skinner's grocery, prompting Nicholas to give chase.
  • While chasing a suspect, Nicholas jumps and hops across various backyard wooden fences. Danny tries to do the same, but crashes through the first and then falls hard over the second.
  • We briefly see some miscellaneous graffiti.
  • We see the hand drawn, flipbook animation Danny has created (where flipping the corner of pages in order creates a stick figure type cartoon where a cop shoots a person in the head, with the latter exploding in a bloody mess.
  • Danny blows a raspberry, lifts his hand in a peace sign type gesture, and says, "Blow on." Nicholas later repeats that.
  • Danny has a tattoo on his shoulder.
  • Danny suddenly jabs a fork at his eye and hand that's covering that, seemingly with bloody results, but he then shows it's just from a ketchup packet.
  • Doris wears some sort of gag top, at a party, which covers her chest and looks like bare breasts.
  • To fake wounding him, Danny stabs a knife down into Nicholas' chest, but the resultant blood is just ketchup and Nicholas wasn't wounded.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • Played in a comedic fashion, a heavy amount of suspenseful and action-oriented music plays in the film.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • None.
  • PROFANITY
  • Due to some slang and occasionally strong accents, some of the dialogue could not be understood or heard in full. Thus, the following should be considered a minimum.
  • At least 19 "f" words (2 used with "mother," 1 incomplete one, and 1 seen written with an asterisk replacing the letter "u"), 8 "s" words, 6 slang terms using male genitals ("c*ck" - used twice, with one written - as well as "pr*ck," "wanker" "tosser" and "knob"), 3 using female ones ("c*nt" and "tw*t" - including both written once), 1 slang term for sex ("did it"), 1 for breasts ("t*ts"), 3 asses (2 used as "arse"), 1 bugger, 1 damn, 1 hell, 3 uses of "Oh my God," 2 of "Jesus Christ" and 1 use each of "Dear Lord" and "Swear to God."
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • Due to some slang and occasionally strong accents, some of the dialogue could not be understood or heard in full. Thus, the following should be considered a minimum.
  • Playfully upset that she didn't get to give Nicholas the tour, Doris says she's been around the station a few times (a double entendre).
  • An actress shows a little cleavage.
  • Danny mentions someone who fingered an actress.
  • About a car having just been convertiblized, Doris mentions something about taking off her "top" in one, prompting an older man to blurt out "t*ts."
  • We see Danny shirtless, while Nicholas' shirt is open as they're getting dressed in the station locker room.
  • When Nicholas confides in Danny that Janeane left him partly because she said he loved his Japanese water lily more than her, Danny states, "Because you did it with a plant."
  • When a joking comment is made about nighttime snacking (regarding a gas stove explosion), Doris jokingly states that she likes a midnight nibble (another double entendre), prompting the same old man as before to blurt out, "C*ck."
  • Doris shows some cleavage.
  • Doris wears some sort of gag top, at a party, which covers her chest and looks like bare breasts.
  • Skinner mentions a female worker was a table dancer, and we see a artsy charcoal sketch on his wall of what looks like a reclining nude woman (with abstract bare breasts).
  • Doris hits a woman with a sign and then jokes, "Nothing like a little girl on girl (action)."
  • When a man is corrected for using the term "manpower" in front of Doris, he playfully and suggestively asks her, "You don't mind a little manpower, do you?"
  • SMOKING
  • Andy and Andy smoke in a number of scenes, while Doris smokes once.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • We hear that Nicholas is no longer with Janeane, but we don't know if they were married or not.
  • We hear that an actor is having an affair with his female costar (thus cheating on his wife).
  • Danny briefly mentions his mom dying in the past.
  • Frank gives a brief recounting of his wife's unseen suicide.
  • A man must contend with his father being a criminal, and even aiming a gun at him.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • Movie parodies.
  • British vs. American styles of humor.
  • Danny mentions some man whose mother and sister are the same person.
  • We learn that the killers are various townspeople who don't want Nicholas disrupting their world (stating that it's all about the greater good).
  • Frank gives a brief recounting of his wife's unseen suicide.
  • VIOLENCE
  • Most of the following is played for comedy.
  • In a quick montage, we briefly see Nicholas and other cops with riot shields as Molotov cocktails or the equivalent go off around them. We then see Nicholas doing some fencing as well as martial arts sparring where he flips over an opponent. We also see Nicholas firing his gun (we don't see any impact) and then a brief view of a knife being jabbed through his palm (with bloody results).
  • A small metal trashcan flies through the office and hits Danny on the head.
  • While chasing a suspect, Nicholas jumps and hops across various backyard wooden fences. Danny tries to do the same, but crashes through the first and then falls hard over the second.
  • To catch a shoplifter, Nicholas throws a can of spray paint that hits the teen on the head, from a distance, knocking him to the ground.
  • We see the hand drawn, flipbook animation Danny has created (where flipping the corner of pages in order creates a stick figure type cartoon where a cop shoots a person in the head, with the latter exploding in a bloody mess.
  • A hooded figure suddenly attacks an actor with an ax, seen in quick glimpses including the victim being bloody and his blood splattering onto an actress with him. The next day, we see their bloody and severed heads sitting on a road, as well as two big blood spots on the back of their recently convertiblized car (as if that's how they lost their heads).
  • We see a hooded figure in a drunken man's home, and that intruder hits the man over the head, knocking him unconscious. The killer then sets it up to look like a gas stove accident. We then see the resultant explosion that destroys his mansion, as well as the man's charred remains.
  • Danny accidentally shoots a carnie in the leg at a carnival after Nicholas uses an air rifle on targets.
  • Part of a large church spire falls a long distance and strikes a man on the head, blasting that part and then embedding itself down into the man's chest from the neck hole. The man then stumbles about that way for a moment before falling over dead (all with extremely bloody and gory results).
  • We see a woman with garden sheers sticking out of her neck, with very bloody results (the work of the killer). Nicholas then uses a nightstick to break through the glass front door and then gives chase.
  • Nicholas throws something at another cop for saying something stupid.
  • We see another flash view of the above, severed and bloody heads on the street. We then see additional flashbacks, this time running in reverse from earlier, bloody violence.
  • A large man grabs Nicholas and throws him to the floor. Nicholas then hits him twice but is thrown around and must avoid ax blows, until Nicholas distracts the man and then hits him on the head with a flower base.
  • We see a brief flashback to previously seen violence.
  • Nicholas hits a big man and then grabs and holds a knife on Danny to keep the killers at bay.
  • To fake wounding him, Danny stabs a knife down into Nicholas' chest, but the resultant blood is just ketchup and Nicholas wasn't wounded.
  • Nicholas purposefully drives his car into another vehicle and then punches the owner. An old woman then opens fire on Nicholas with a shotgun, and while she's cocking the gun again, Nicholas races up and kicks her in the head.
  • A big gun battle breaks out in the town, with Nicholas ducking from and then returning fire at various locals who shoot at him with handguns, shotguns and rifles. Nicholas shoots some kegs that then roll and hit one shooter, while Danny opens a car door, causing a woman to flip over it. Nicholas then shoots and wounds two of the shooters. A person then opens fire on Nicholas with a machine gun, but the latter shoots a planter that falls and hits that person on the head. He must then avoid an older man who comes at him with a sword.
  • The town priest shoots Nicholas knocking him to the ground, with Danny then shooting the bad priest.
  • After being captured, Danny tosses his gun that discharges when it hits the ground, thus shooting the town doc in the foot.
  • Nicholas and Danny get into a handgun vs. shotgun battle in a pub with the bad owners, ending when a bear trap falls and lands on the man's head and/or neck.
  • Frank holds guns on Nicholas and Danny.
  • A big man throws Nicholas around, including through a window, but Nicholas then head-butts and repeatedly punches that man, with bloody results.
  • Grocery carts are used to ram a grocery raw bar after the people behind it throw fruit and such at the cops.
  • There's gunfire both ways as Nicholas and Danny chase after Skinner in his car, resulting in the latter flying through the air and crashing. Skinner then grabs a boy to use as a hostage, but the kid bites him. A fight then breaks out between Nicholas and Skinner, with punches thrown and Skinner getting Nicholas' eyes with his fingers (both of their faces end up bloody).
  • A man comes at Nicholas with a box cutter, but trips and falls onto a model church, with its steeple impaling him up through the chin and out his mouth. He's alive, but quite bloody.
  • Frank holds a gun on Danny before escaping, with Danny then firing his gun into the air (rather than shooting his father, emulating a scene from the movie "Point Break"). As Frank escapes, a swan gets him in his car, causing him to drive into a tree (seen from a distance).
  • A man shoots a shotgun at Nicholas, but Danny dives in front and takes the shot. Nicholas then kicks the person back, they run into an old sea mine, and it explodes, causing a lot of property damage.



  • Reviewed March 8, 2007 / Posted April 20, 2007

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