Hot Fuzz is that rare breed of movie that manages to be a genre parody and a love letter to that genre at the same time. The action comedy - starring frequent collaborators Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, and directed by groundbreaking auteur Edgar Wright - is a pitch-perfect sendup of every action movie trope you've ever seen, but told in a way that embraces, subverts, and relishes those same time-honored filmmaking cliches.
Hot Fuzz tells the story of a big city English policeman named Nicholas Angel (Pegg) who's so good at his job, he makes the rest of the department look bad, so he's transferred to the sleepy, idyllic village of Sandford, in Gloucestershire. He soon befriends a fellow officer named Danny (Frost) who has a deep love of all action films, and is bored as a cop because it doesn't live up to what he sees in the movies. Soon, however, as slayings start piling up and a conspiracy unfolds, their lives begin to reflect high-octane, over-the-top Hollywood fare.
The movie goes out of its way to make direct references to the action movies it parodies, including a scene in which the two heroes spend a drunken evening watching Point Break and Bad Boys II - the two films parodied most directly later on - well into the wee hours. Hot Fuzz doesn't simply call out action cliches for a laugh - it dives into the pool of cinematic tropes and gleefully splashes around in the fun. Here's a look at all the cliches Hot Fuzz parodies perfectly.
Firing Two Guns While Jumping Through The Air
The High-Speed Pursuit
Firing A Gun Into The Air
Uptight Cop, Goofy Cop
Monologuing Bad Guys