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HOT FUZZ (2007)

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HOT FUZZ (2007)

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THE BUZZ

     Let’s be honest. You’ve probably seen Hot Fuzz if you’re on this site. And that’d be unsurprising. It had a wide release, was well marketed, and is arguably the best British buddy cop mystery satire action drama released in 2007. On the surface, it stands as a very good example of how to lampoon a genre while being an excellent entry in said genre at the same time (The Other Guys also does a good job with this). It’s the second entry in the “Blood and Cornetto” trilogy that also includes Shaun of the Dead before it and The World’s End after. Masterminded by Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright, and a ton of other bit actors, the whole set of movies is worth your time. Loaded with inter-movie references, tight shots, very smart comedy, and great action, if you have not seen this film before, you desperately need to.

THE LIFE OF THE PARTY

     These guys really know how to pace a movie. Hot Fuzz starts with a bang and loads in tons of gags (that all hit their mark) and exposition straight from the very beginning, and it really doesn’t stop. The humor throughout the movie has tons of jokes that get set up half an hour or more before the punchline, and every attempt at humor is well executed. It stands up well to repeat viewings, too, considering how many references to Shaun of the Dead and genre films exist in the runtime. The plot is a very entertaining mystery, and the cast is perfectly done; Timothy Dalton plays a fantastic creepy grocer, and every bit character really pulls their weight. It’s really just a solid viewing experience throughout. Without giving anything away, you will not see the ending coming, but it just might be your favorite ending sequence of any movie you’ve ever seen if you haven’t seen The Protector.

POTENTIAL HANGOVERS

     This movie is a mystery, so the plot is very important to pay attention to, making this a bad movie for big parties. This is doubled by how subtle lots of the jokes are; people talking over the movie will make you miss probably a third of the funniest parts, which would be a real hindrance to your enjoyment of it. That’s really the only negatives about this movie. It just needs to be watched when everyone wants to pay attention to a great movie as opposed to putting it on in the background.

THE ATMOPSHERE: Cocktail Party, Lazy Afternoon

     Okay, so my recommendations for when to watch this are kind of weird. However, I think it really works. Hot Fuzz starts in a subtle British manner and slowly accelerates until it reaches a fever pitch. This works very well for ending afternoon festivities or starting your night off the right way; therefore it works well as a late afternoon Long Island Iced Tea time session (or a British ale with bitters; your call). Secondly, even though there is a small bit of isolated brutal violence, this movie on the whole is a very proper endeavor. So yeah, if you want a legitimately funny, unexpectedly brilliant comedy to go with your day drinking, and you somehow still haven’t seen it, check out Hot Fuzz.

DRINK:

Once for each swear

Twice for each person who gets arrested

Three times every time you see the swan

Three times every time you see someone wearing a black hooded robe

(Murderin’ mode) Take a shot for each murder

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