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Parents' Guide to

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Fast-paced romp has violence, gangsters, drugs.

Movie R 1999 107 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 16+

Something fresh in the crime genre

The movie engages yourself from the first seconds and until the end. Quick and with a good sense of humour. There is no one main character which you would be able to empathize. The whole movie is funny and incredible a combination of circumstances that make you smile.Also Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

This title has:

Too much swearing
age 15+

Stephen Marcus runs a Gangster Tour in London

I loved this film and recently took my kids on a gangster tour of London which actor as Stephen Marcus runs.

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (4 ):

This is an energetic, clever crime movie that looks into various little pockets of underworld life -- sex, gambling, drugs, and hired thugs -- and uses them all against one another. At the time, it looked as if Guy Ritchie were yet another opportunist cashing in on the Quentin Tarantino fever of the 1990s (and indeed, Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction were even more popular in Ritchie's home of England than they were in America). But in retrospect, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels turned out to be much more than that.

Ritchie's camera work is smooth and sprightly, and he has a definite rhythm for slang and profanity in his dialogue. He also has an eye for character actors, and at least two, Vinnie Jones and Jason Flemyng have gone on to interesting careers, while Jason Statham has become a full-fledged star. His way of diffusing violence with humor still definitely owes a little to Tarantino, but it works. Movie-savvy teens will likely be aware of the movie, since it's developed a cult following, but parents should be warned that the violence, though light in tone, is still intense.

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