Guy Ritichie's furious debut. Mature teens and up!
"Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" is a gangster comedy by Guy Ritchie released in 1998.
It is very sad Guy Ritchie is mostly known for either being Madonna's ex, or for having won the Razzie Award for "Swept Away", when seeing he can also do a movie like this. "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" is a sharp-witted gangster comedy with much exploitation, dark humour and memorable characters. Like its more popular follow-up, "Sn*tch", also this one here will not be every one's cup of tea, but it is a clear recommendation for everybody who enjoys good gangster flicks with humorous aspects, and if you liked "Pulp Fiction" or "Trainspotting", this is a suggestion. Ritchie is often compared to Quentin Tarantino, but note that while Tarantino always focuses on cinematic perfection, Ritchie's focus is entertainment - and it IS entertaining, but on a high level.
(SPOILERS may follow:)
"Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels" has many violent moments, but they all have a black comedy undertone.
Two graphic scenes involve around a character having its foot shot into a gory mess, and a man having a hatchet thrown into his back,
Apart from that, many, MANY people get shot, sometimes ending up bloody.
A man is tortured by setting his feet on fire, but it is very brief.
A man has a hatchet rammed into his arm, but he survives (there is blood, but overall, this is more comic than anything).
A man is beaten to death with a rubber penis (and yes, it isdepicted as silly as it sounds).
Some of the protagonists have a room filled up with cannabis plants, and consume it one time or the other. The marijuana is a main plot in this movie. However, the drug part in this movie is not as strong as in e.g. "Pulp Fiction" or "Trainspotting", but still strong.
The language is very srong, having at least 120 f-words and two uses of c*nt, as well as some milder profanity.
One character is the owner of a porn shop and it is seen several times. In one scene, we see a topless woman.
Overall, the movie has its violence, language and drug use, but the movie also has a strong comical undertone, the scenes have an in-your-face effect and are clearly meant to be satirical.
Recommended for viewers 15 and up.
This title contains:
Violence & scariness
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking