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The last two films we saw (Hard Candy and Deliver Us From Evil) prompted reviews from me that were more like essays, since they both punched a lot of my rant buttons. Both concerned child molestation, oddly enough. What a relief to be able to write a short rave, about a film containing nothing more than buckets of old-fashioned blood and gore. This is the second effort by the writing/directing/acting team of Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg, that brought us Shaun of the Dead, one of my favorite spoof comedies. They bring the same sensibility to this send-up of cop/action films, parodying every cliché in those stupid car-chase endless gunfight extravaganzas. As in the first film, it’s not for the squeamish, but it’s hard to take the bloodshed seriously.

Apparently Lee did. She hated it. Lee? [Gratuitous violence in the name of spoof is still gratuitous violence.]