Really dug this. It's great if you're into the series, but not so much for casual fans.
The opening five minutes are completely mis-leading and I was about ready to walk out. It seemed like a Police Academy movie and I think the lameness was intentional. But it quickly switched and the rest of the flick was right in-line with what you'd expect. Although it seemed Dangle got way too much screentime. Jones and Garcia didn't get to do too much, either.
Lots of cameos in it, too. Mostly the writer's loser friends from "The State"--- including that one guy with the long hair who never said anything. Some recurring characters as well, like Terry the gay rollerskater from Tacos, Tacos, Tacos, Tacos and the FBI guy (tall guy who used to be in Upright Citizens Brigade).
There's also a fun cameo by a former wrestler. His scene had a very simple gag, but his presence made it hilarious.
Oh yeah, and stay to the end of the credits. They show some split-screen outtakes while the credits are rolling, but also include four "bonus" scenes at the tail end.
You know, I have no experience of Reno 911 whatsoever, but I can virtually guarantee you that HOT FUZZ absolutely smokes it in every way. It cannot be overhyped - it's THAT good.
To those who say people wouldn't look; they wouldn't be interested; they're too complacent, indifferent and insulated, I can only reply: There is, in one reporter's opinion, considerable evidence against that contention. But even if they are right, what have they got to lose? Because if they are right, and this instrument is good for nothing but to entertain, amuse and insulate, then the tube is flickering now and we will soon see that the whole struggle is lost. This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires, and lights, in a box.-Edward R. Murrow
I gotta agree with Mr. Flamingo here, Tate's character was annoying and that bit fell flat. Spader's character was perfect and would be quite a foil for Dwight's own brand of blind arrogance. The interactions with Ryan would probably be great as well.