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Rating: 6.5 stars

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UK London dark comedy gambling debt british gangster gangster shotgun vomit poker cheating marijuana drug dealer 1990s imdb 250

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Seen on: 02/12/2020

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Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

Directed by Guy Ritchie

Comedy | Crime

Most recently watched by sleestakk, JohnPeel, ashe5k

Overview

A card shark and his unwillingly-enlisted friends need to make a lot of cash quick after losing a sketchy poker match. To do this they decide to pull a heist on a small-time gang who happen to be operating out of the flat next door.

Rated R | Length 105 minutes

Actors

Matthew Vaughn | Jason Flemyng | Dexter Fletcher | Nick Moran | Jason Statham | Steven Mackintosh | Vinnie Jones | Sting | Nicholas Rowe | Nick Marcq | Charles Forbes | Lenny McLean | Peter McNicholl | P.H. Moriarty | Frank Harper | Steve Sweeney | Huggy Leaver | Tony McMahon | Stephen Marcus | Vas Blackwood | Alan Ford | Jake Abraham | Victor McGuire | Andrew Tiernan | Rob Brydon | Jimmy Flint | Danny John-Jules | Richard Vanstone | Vera Day | Elwin 'Chopper' David

Viewing Notes

Since I watched SNATCH recently (inspired by Ritchie’s latest The Gentlemen) I decided to revisit this one, which I haven’t seen since it was released. So it also counts towards my long running 90s Rewatch Project.

Very interesting to view this comedy of errors now 20+ years later. I still remember when we (Kevin & I) rented this on VHS from BB and enjoying it. It’s still enjoyable but not quite as much as it was then. I really thought when I sat down with this tonight that I’d be in for a real treat, a blast from the past. Instead it was more like oh yeah a more raw, less refined Guy Ritchie with a fun cast of characters, mostly dummies who trip over themselves in each predicament.

It’s a good film to witness his early stylings and certain flavor of humor yet it can be overly trite and silly at times reaching near slapstick during certain sequences. I wonder if Vinnie Jones negotiated to only portray badasses when he started working with Ritchie that seem to get away unscathed. I really like Sting for what little we see of him.

Wild to look at the IMDb listing and see it’s a top 200 film and that I originally rated it an 8/10. I knew I enjoyed the flick but wow. It just didn’t do it for me on this viewing. That said, I’d be open to viewing again on the big screen if it ever got a rep screening which I have not seen happen yet.

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