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 and for complete listings information regarding the type of content that earns each film its particular rating.]
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