Snatch

  • Review Date: June 24, 2003
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2002

Common Sense Media says

Eccentric characters, lively banter, adults only.
  • Review Date: June 24, 2003
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2002

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Racial, ethnic, and religious slurs are frequent among these gangster characters. Some comic violence.

Violence

Strong but comic violence is the movie's rason d'etre. The violence and carnage will be distasteful to many viewers.

Sex

A brief scene in a bar includes topless dancers. A deck of playing cards with photos of bare-breasted women is seen.

Language

The ensemble uses the "F" word about as much as the average teenager says "like."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking and smoking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that characters use frequent racial, ethnic, and religious slurs. In this criminal world, the issue of law is non-existent. Murder and theft are depicted as a way of life in an ostensibly non-criminal group (jewelers). The ensemble says "f--k" about as much as the average teenager says "like." All of the characters are gangsters and criminals, most of whom drink, smoke, swear, and brawl on a continual basis. A brief scene in a bar includes topless dancers. A deck of playing cards with photos of bare-breasted women is seen. Strong but comic violence is the movie's rason d'etre.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Set in London, Guy Ritchie's violent crime caper SNATCH follows three sets of characters who are all after a stolen diamond. Business partners Turkish (Jason Statham) and Tommy (Stephen Graham) team with Irish boxer Mickey (Brad Pitt) in a devious plan that has Mickey purposely losing a fight. In another corner are a Russian mobster and his partner-in-crime Franky Four Fingers (Benicio Del Toro); the third team includes New Yorker Avi (Dennis Farina) and his hired hand Bullet Tooth Tony (Vinnie Jones).

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

It would probably take two or three viewings to work out all the plot twists of Snatch. Actually, it's to the credit of writer-director Guy Ritchie that these tangled relationships are as clear as they are. But plot isn't what this movie is about. Mixing Damon Runyon's love of lowlife lingo ("Who took the jam out of your doughnut?") with a bit of Tarantino-ish violence, the plot is just a frame for a gallery of eccentric characters, lively dialogue, and offbeat situations.

The ensemble cast provides many delightful characterizations, including British comic Alan Ford as crime boss Brick Top and Brad Pitt as an Irish gypsy with an accent so thick that no one can understand anything he says. Energetic as it is, Snatch isn't for all tastes. The incessant violence will bother some viewers, particularly a few scenes that cross the line from comical to nasty. One eighteen-year-old viewer felt that "The movie threw too much stuff at you--I never knew where it was going to go." His girlfriend liked the characters, and was pleasantly surprised at how good Pitt was in a non-starring role, but had trouble with the accents and overall found it "way too violent."

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether the plot really mattered in this movie, or if other elements took over.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:October 17, 2002
DVD release date:October 17, 2002
Cast:Benicio Del Toro, Brad Pitt, Vinnie Jones
Director:Guy Ritchie
Studio:Sony Pictures
Genre:Comedy
Run time:102 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:strong violence, language and nudity

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Teen, 15 years old Written byJulie3000x January 26, 2009
AGE
15
QUALITY
 

This was one of my favorite movies of all time! I personally liked it better than lock, stock and two smoking barrels. The characters are better and its way faster paced.

Adult Written byLightenUp January 18, 2010
AGE
17
QUALITY
 

Duh it's not for kids. Look at the cover. BTW, no need to *** the middle of the title. It's not a porn reference. It's title, as in, "to STEAL or take away... gangster movie about stolen diamonds." Eeesh.

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byEntropy November 13, 2009
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

Amazing Performance!

Awesome movie! Fast Paced, Hilarious, With lots of great twists! This is by far my favorite Guy Richie film!

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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