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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Snatch is a 2000 dark crime comedy directed by Guy Richie. Violence, darkly comic or otherwise, is a feature in almost every scene. Characters are killed through firearm violence, plastic bag asphyxiation. Bare-knuckle boxing scenes are extended, violent, and bloody. All of the characters are gangsters and criminals, most of whom drink, smoke, swear, and brawl on a continual basis. Characters use frequent racial, ethnic, and religious slurs. In this criminal world, the issue of law is nonexistent. "F--k" frequently used; "motherf--ker" and "c--t" also used. A brief scene in a bar includes topless dancers. A deck of playing cards with photos of bare-breasted women is seen. When it's believed that the dog in the room has swallowed the missing diamond, characters suggest opening up the dog with a knife in order to find the diamond.
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What's the story?
Set in London, Guy Richie'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?
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the ways in which violence was conveyed in this movie. How was it used for comedic effect, for instance?
Why do you think there continues to be an appeal for movies filled with "anti-hero" characters -- characters who continually make bad choices, resort to crime and violence to get what they want, curse, drink, smoke?
What do you think would be the challenges in making or writing a movie like this one in which there are so many lead characters?
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