Hot Fuzz

  • Review Date: July 30, 2007
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2007
  • Running Time: 121 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Bad Boys meets Shaun of the Dead.
  • Review Date: July 30, 2007
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2007
  • Running Time: 121 minutes





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Crime-fighting best friends/police partners stick together to fight a secret cabal of evildoers.


Explicitly violent for an action-comedy, with blood-splattering scenes of impalement and decapitation, as well as explosions, dead bodies, and gun violence.


Innuendo about two characters having an affair; later, a scene confirms it (they kiss and are obviously about to make love).


Sometimes said so quickly that it's easy to miss, but there's a ton: "motherf---r," "f--k," "c--t," "s--t," "dick," "ass," "a--hole," "bastard," etc.


Lots of other movies are referenced: Bad Boys II, Point Break, Lethal Weapon, Die Hard, and the like.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Many scenes take place at the local pub, where various townsfolk (including underage boys) drink -- mostly beer, although some hard liquor as well.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that what at first seems like a British parody of American cop flicks turns into a much bloodier (and funnier) homage to blow-'em-up blockbusters. The gun play and cartoonishly graphic violence rivals that of any Michael Bay or Jerry Bruckheimer production, but at least the bulk of the gore is confined to the last third of the film. Like Shaun of the Dead, which was made by the same director and stars, this movie is full of colorful foul language, but it doesn't have the raunchy nastiness of similar movies. Expect cinema-savvy teens to want to check it out.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

The wickedly clever English minds behind "rom-zom-com" Shaun of the Dead are back with another half-spoof, half-homage to a classic Hollywood genre: the high-octane buddy cop flick. In HOT FUZZ, Sergeant Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg), a tightly wound London cop whose arrest record is 400 times higher than anyone else's is showing up his colleagues, so the department rewards him by assigning him to a sleepy country town called Sandford, where there are no recorded murders -- but the accidental deaths are astronomical. Sergeant Angel, who's all business, is annoyed with his new post and his new partner, Danny (Nick Frost). The blubbery, childlike son of the department's inspector (Jim Broadbent), Danny is obsessed with Hollywood action films and impressed with Angel's past as a city cop -- "Have you ever fired two guns whilst jumping through the air?" he demands to know (a hint to the audience of what's to come). Sandford, as it turns out, isn't as idyllic and crime-free as it looks. All those "accidents" are really murder most foul, but only Nick and Danny want to follow the leads to the truth, which culminates in an unrelentingly grisly -- but still funny -- climax that's full of every action cliché in the Hollywood playbook.

Is it any good?


Hot Fuzz is a worthy follow-up to Shaun of the Dead and cements Pegg, Frost, and director Edgar Wright as creative talents to watch. Real-life best mates (or "heterosexual life partners," as they call themselves) Simon Pegg and Nick Frost again prove that their on-screen chemistry is combustible -- and hilarious.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how this film parodies Hollywood blockbuster action flicks. What are some good and bad examples of that genre? What specific elements of those movies is this film making fun of? Does it succeed? Why? Is the violence appropriate to the story, or does it go too far? Is all of the gun violence upsetting? Families can also discuss how media helps people find common ground. Kids: Do you and your friends bond over movies the way Nick and Danny do?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:April 19, 2007
DVD release date:July 31, 2007
Cast:Jim Broadbent, Nick Frost, Simon Pegg
Director:Edgar Wright
Studio:Rogue Pictures
Run time:121 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:violent content including some graphic images, and language.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byEdco2010 January 1, 2011

Heres comes the Fuzz

20+ F-words and some graphic death scenes. A few scenes take place at a bar.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written byqprluver November 12, 2010
I loved it and rate it highly the film is very funny there are gory bits but quiet rare worst I actully think the worst bit is where you see the remains of the blown up body as it is quiet disgusting but some will say the church roof falling on tim messengers head. Hope this message is for the greater good!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Parent of a 9 year old Written bygoosefartfan October 10, 2012

I wish I could get the almost 2 hours of my life back.

The first half of this movie is excruciatingly BORING!! After that, it warms up mildly with some references to horror flicks. The last half of the movie just plain sucks. There is some mild humor, in the form of parody of action films, but not enough to bring even a faint smile. I wish I could get the almost 2 hours of my life back.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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