A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Crime-fighting best friends/police partners stick together to fight a secret cabal of evildoers.
Positive Role Models
Angel is a gifted cop -- smart, courageous, and tireless. He is also a fiercely loyal friend.
Violence & Scariness
Explicitly violent for an action-comedy, with blood-splattering scenes of impalement and decapitation, as well as explosions, dead bodies, and gun violence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Innuendo about two characters having an affair; later, a scene confirms it (they kiss and are obviously about to make love).
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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.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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