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The good news is that they all die. . .

  • Mar 28, 2008
..well, almost all. this is a gloriously misanthropic british movie that hinges on a crooked card game that leaves our four heroes in debt for a half a million pounds to a gangster with the unpropitious name of Hatchet Harry. The boys attempt to raise the money and the world in the form of various crooks and ganja dealers tries to take it from them.
the dialog is crisp and ironic. unfortunately, it's masked by the unfortunate tendency of the english to speak, well, english and the wise american viewer will take advantage of the subtitles which appear in unmistakable english-i mean, american.
this variant on the classic caper movie depends on almost every single character being to vile to be tolerated. the denouement is a jolly cathartic bloodbath in which hardly anyone is left standing.

Lynn Hoffman, author of the much less bloody novel, bang BANG

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*** out of ****     If Guy Ritchie has a gift than it's an eye for pure wit. He's not exactly the best at making sense out of his films, but I like to think of it as his "style". Ritchie's first feature, "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels", is a delightfully funny and fresh modern heist flick; much like the other Guy Ritchie films I've seen before. There's plenty of charm and humor to be found in this fresh and smart film. It's not a spectacular film, but in many ways it could …
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Cockney boys Tom, Soap, Eddie, and Bacon are in a bind; they owe seedy criminal and porn king "Hatchet" Harry a sizable amount of cash after Eddie loses half a million in a rigged game of poker. Hot on their tails is a thug named Big Chris who intends to send them all to the hospital if they don't come up with the cash in the allotted time. Add into the mix an incompetent set of ganja cultivators, two dimwitted robbers, a "madman" with an afro, and a ruthless band of drug dealers and you have an astonishing movie calledLock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Before the boys can blink, they are caught up in a labyrinth of double-crosses that lead to a multitude of dead bodies, copious amounts of drugs, and two antique rifles.

Written and directed by talented newcomer Guy Ritchie, this is one of those movies that was destined to become an instant cult classic à la Reservoir Dogs. Although some comparisons were drawn between Ritchie and Quentin Tarantino, it would be unfair to discount the brilliant wit of the story and the innovative camerawork that the director brings to his debut feature. Not since The Krays has there been such an accurate depiction of the East End and its more colorful characters. Indicative of the social stratosphere in London, Ritchie's movie is a hilarious and at times touching account of friendships and loyalty. The director and his mates (who make up most of the cast) clearly are enjoying themselves here. This comes ...

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Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Release Date: March 5, 1999
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: November 5, 2002
Runtime: 1hr 45min
Studio: Universal Studios
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