What writer/director Edgar Wright and co-writer/star Simon Pegg did to the zombie film in SHAUN OF THE DEAD, they turn around in HOT FUZZ and do the same to the buddy cop genre. They certainly know their actions flicks, referencing specific bad actioners like POINT BREAK and BAD BOYS II while skewering the whole genre with pointed jibes, post modern references and a subtly that often walks the edge between homage and satire.
Officer Nicholas Angel (Pegg, SHAUN OF THE DEAD) is the best cop on the London police force. He's so good that his superiors are looking bad, so he gets a promotion to sergeant in a sleepy village where the top crisis is when a swan gets loose. Angel takes his job very seriously. He follows the letter of law precisely. Inspector Frank Butterman (Jim Broadbent, MOULIN ROUGE) tells him that he needs to lighten up and that some rules need to be bent for the betterment of the village. But Angel has a hard time letting things slide such as Butterman's police officer son Danny (Nick Frost, SHAUN OF THE DEAD) driving drunk. Angel quickly becomes a celebrity of sorts in town and Danny begins to idolize the former big city cop. However, when a brutal traffic collision seems a bit fishy, Angel starts to suspect that something is rotten in Sanford and everything seems to point to Machiavellian grocery store owner Simon Skinner (Timothy Dalton, LICENSED TO KILL). When Angel starts to voice is worries to his fellow officers, the intense and crude inspectors Andy Wainwright (Paddy Considine, IN AMERICA) and Andy Cartwright (Rafe Spall, GREEN STREET HOOLIGANS) think he's nuts, because there hasn't been a murder in the village in 20 years.