Review Should Have Been More Explicit

RECEIVED Wed., May 2, 2007

Dear Editor,
    Re: Hot Fuzz [Film Listings, April 20]: I went to see it based on your review, and your categorizing it as "comedy/action.” The film was well-constructed and presented. I found, however, that "action" meant "violent," and the blood and gore far outweighed any humor. I wish you'd indicated the level of violence. I wouldn't have gone. As it was, I had to leave the film toward the end. Just had way enough darkness. Action could mean simply car chases and the like. Not in this particular case, unfortunately.
Brooks Kasson
   [Marjorie Baumgarten replies: "Action comedy" is a common term used to describe a certain hybrid genre, although I understand that you might have had different expectations of Hot Fuzz based on the way you misquote me describing it as "comedy/action." Rather than depicting Hot Fuzz as some sort of Keystone Kops update, I describe the film as "mimicking and tweaking moments from films by the likes of Tony Scott, Michael Bay, and Jerry Bruckheimer" – some of the most inflammatory, blow-'em-up action directors around. Hot Fuzz is furthermore rated "R," and I suggest that you and other readers would do well to consult sites such as www.mpaa.org/FilmRatings.asp and www.filmratings.com for complete listings information regarding the type of content that earns each film its particular rating.]
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