Hot Fuzz is a rarity – a spoof movie that could stand on its own. It’s got a fantastic cast, and the writing (by Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg of Shaun of the Dead fame) is clever and fun. It’s a great parody of the cop/action movie genre and you’ll get more out of it if you’ve actually seen some or all of the movies referenced, but the conventions of the genre are such that you can pick up on a lot of the humor even if you don’t watch the source material. It gets better and better throughout the movie, and by the denouement I was laughing uncontrollably. It’s just 2 hours of pure fun.

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