Studying Hot Fuzz

BookStudying Hot Fuzz

Studying Hot Fuzz

Studying Films


September 1st, 2015



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By the power of Greyskull! In their second big-screen collaboration after Shaun of the Dead (2004), with Hot Fuzz (2007) director and co-writer Edgar Wright and co-writer and star Simon Pegg took aim at the conventions of the Hollywood action movie, transplanting gratuitous slo-mo action sequences into the English village supermarket and local pub. In this first critical study of arguably the most influential British film-makers to emerge this century, Neil Archer considers to what extent a modestly funded film such as this can be considered 'British' at all, given its international success and distribution by an American studio, and how far that success depends upon what he calls its 'cultural specificity'. He considers the film as a parody of the action movie genre, and discusses exactly how parody works – not just in relation to the conventions of the action film but also in the depiction of English space. Exactly what and who is Hot Fuzz poking fun at?

Author Information

Neil Archer teaches film at Keele University and is the author of Studying The Bourne Ultimatum (Auteur, 2012) and The French Road Movie (Berghahn, 2012).

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Introduction: Beyond a Joke?8
1. Sandford, Hollywood: Hot Fuzz and the Business of British Cinema24
2. The Shit Just Got Real: Hot Fuzz and the Uses of Parody38
3. I Kinda Like It Here: Hot Fuzz as National Cinema56
4. Fanboys in Toyland: Hot Fuzz and movie stardom80
5. From Hollywood to the End of the World96
Conclusion: Seriously Good Fun112