Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Hot Fuzz (2007) - Comedy

Figure 1. Hot Fuzz Poster

Hot Fuzz is a Parodic comedy film. Showing cops tackling crime in a quiet town, its parody is related to cops in action films. 

Figure 2. Cops Still 

The comedy within the film comes from the understanding of the original genre. Carr states in his review “’Hot Fuzz’ manages to find humor not just in the mundane existence of a small town but also in the overblown nature of action films.” (Carr, 2014). Carr is commenting on the films understanding of action movies and how the humour in the film comes from both the parody and humour of the small village. The over the top nature of the action within the film and the violence of the film makes the audience realise just how ridiculous action films can be. This form of comedy, however, might not be funny for those who have not seen action films, therefore an understanding of the source material is required for an audience to find this film funny.

Figure 3. Swan Still 

A particular funny scene is the one in which the cops receive a call about a swan. The call is initially funny because it is made to believe that the caller is a prank caller due to the absurd nature of the call and then it cuts to the cops taking information from the caller. They take information as is the swan is a criminal, which provokes laughs. The cops then run after the swan failing to catch it. Hamilton speaks about the swan in his review “They don’t catch it on their first outing, so it turns up at key moments throughout the film.” (Hamilton, 2015). Hamilton speaks about how the swan returns throughout the film. The swan is used as a running gag after their first encounter and the audience know that when the swan is on screen something funny is going to happen. You can also consider this film to be funny because it is British and therefore swans are protected and during their adventures with the swan it can’t come to any harm. 

Hot Fuzz is funny because it’s extremely British and is satire of American action films.


Carr, K (2014) (accessed 06/01/16)

Illustration List

Wright, E (2007) Figure 1. Hot Fuzz Poster (Accessed 06/01/16)
Wright, E (2007) Figure 2.  Cops Still (Accessed 06/01/16)

Wright, E (2007) Figure 3. Swan Still (Accessed 06/01/16)


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