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Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Review

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    A half-funny, half-ugly comedy about underworld ineptitude. [5 Mar 1999]

  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The film's lures, while undeniable, are synthetic, and we never do learn what fuels all the greed besides pints of beer.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    [It's] like Tarantino crossed with the Marx Brothers, if Groucho had been into chopping off fingers...Fun, in a slapdash way; it has an exuberance, and in a time when movies follow formulas like zombies, it's alive.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune John Petrakis

    Plenty of fun, less for its many plot twists than for its large and varied assortment of vibrant characters. [12 Mar 1999]

  • 88

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    It's a superior thriller made with the guts and gusto that too many recycled entries into the genre fail to exhibit.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Fast-paced romp has violence, gangsters, drugs.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels -- which is the directorial debut of Guy Ritchie -- is a complex, fast-paced, loony, British crime movie with lots of violence, including guns and shooting, blood, dead bodies, fighting, brief torture, and many threats. In one quick shot, a man punches a woman (though her face isn't shown). One of the characters works in the sex industry and we see various sex toys lying around his office. There's some brief, out-of-focus nudity, and plenty of innuendo. Language is very strong, with multiple uses of "f--k" and various other words, including English slang and insults. The plot involves marijuana growers and stolen drugs, and characters are stoned. Characters drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes in a social/background way, and cocaine is shown. The mood of this movie is light and fun, and it has a strong cult following, so older teens probably already know all about it.

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. What is the tone of the violence? How does he diffuse the tension?
  • Are there any role models in this movie? Are the four heroes good characters, even though they do bad things?
  • Does this movie make crime look fun and/or appealing?
  • Why aren't there very many women in this world, or in this story? How are the few women treated?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The movie laughs at the idea that characters can get involved with bad elements in the hopes of personal gain, fail miserably, and then count on dumb luck to get them out of potentially deadly trouble.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: These characters are cool, funny, tough, and sometimes smart, but they're all members of the underworld. They work in shady businesses, acting on greed and violence to get their jobs done.

What to watch for
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    Violence: There are scenes of wild gun shooting, everything from antique rifles to automatic weapons. Many characters are shot and killed (others are wounded). There's copious amounts of blood. There are also fistfights and beatings, many threats, torture with golf balls, a man on fire, a man drowning, and a scene of a man punching a woman (though her face is obscured).

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    Sex: One of the gangsters works in a sex club. He's surrounded by things like paddles and dildos. Another scene takes place in a topless bar, with topless dancers out of focus in the background. Otherwise, there's sexual innuendo throughout.

  • language false5

    Language: Very strong language throughout includes many uses of "f--k," as well as "c--t," "p---y," "c--k," "s--t," "ass," "penis," "piss," "hell," "faggot," and "bastard," as well as "Jesus Christ." There are also many examples of British slang and insults like "wankers," "stupid cow," "bollocks," "dozy prat," "arsehole," and "wop bastard."

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Part of the plot involves stealing a huge supply of marijuana, and some of the characters are shown stoned. The heroes have a celebration in a pub; we see them drinking heavily in a montage, and then passing out. Many characters are seen drinking and smoking socially or in a background way. Cocaine is shown.