"Hot Fuzz" is a british comedy-action-thriller movie from 2007, "fuzz" being a derogatory slang term for police.

Is there any additional pun or play of words in the use of "Hot"? Or is it simply referring to the "hotness", the "awesomeness" of the police officer who plays the leading role?

For example, it would not have surprised me if "hot fuzz" were slang for a beverage or dish. But as far as my research shows, that is not the case.

  • Fuzz also means "fluffy or frizzy hair"; maybe the play on words is about that.
    – apaderno
    Sep 11, 2011 at 14:29
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    I want to find a link between the film title and Hot Fuss by the Killers, because it would be really apt. I can't though :( Sep 11, 2011 at 14:34
  • I assumed it was a pun on "hot fudge", a popular ice cream topping (at least in the US). Dec 25, 2013 at 1:45

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No there isn't a particular BE term Hot-Fuzz. The makers of the film were parodying the way all Hollywood films show American police in a ridiculously high charged, high adrenalin overblown way while British police shows were always about a quiet, cerebral, upper-class detective.

So the term Hot-Fuzz links the Hot (=exciting action packed) with Fuzz (=British term for police). It's like having a show called "Librarian, camera, action"

But I suspect the Hot is really the high-performance over-achieving lead character.

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    +1: but isn't "Librarian, Camera, Action!" showing on Channel 5 over Christmas? Sep 11, 2011 at 15:57
  • @TimLymington: Sssh! Sep 11, 2011 at 17:02
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    @Tim, no you're thinking of "CSI-Ms marple"
    – mgb
    Sep 11, 2011 at 21:26
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    Okay, it's a silent movie. Sep 11, 2011 at 22:08
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    As I recall, the cop in Hot Fuzz is "hot" like mustard (keen, on the ball, effective). In spirit, at least - but since it's a comedy, he's actually about as effective as the Keystone Kops). Plus maybe a joke/poke at Michael Mann's 1995 cop/gangster movie Heat. Oct 18, 2011 at 2:51

It's also a play on the album by The Killers "Hot Fuss", which was extremely popular in the UK.


I mean, the movie came out in 2004, and so did the Killers album.

There's also a cameo of the Hot Fuss album in Hot Fuzz.

About halfway into the movie where Angel is in the shop, and the woman is like, "Found the killers yet?", there's a poster of the Killers album behind her. This is about 1 hour 11 minutes into the movie.

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    "Hot Fuzz" debuted on February 14, 2007. "Hot Fuss" on June 7, 2004. Mar 24, 2016 at 23:03

Hot fudge is a popular ice cream topping in the US, the key ingredient of a hot fudge sundae. I'm in the US and from the first I heard of the movie, I assumed this was the pun. But I'm not sure whether hot fudge exists under that name in the UK.

  • We have a hot fudge sundae, but it's not a term with any particular cultural resonance over here. Apr 13, 2014 at 20:12

Based on the context of the movie Hot would be applicable to mean stolen or illicit.

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    It could, but I'm not sure why it would be — there's no particular reason for it in the context of the film plot, surely? Apr 13, 2014 at 20:13

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