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Take The Gang Who Couldn't Shoot Straight, mix in a little Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs, season with terrific English character actors and a healthy dose of violence, and you get one tasty Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

First time writer and director Guy Ritchie's smashing debut tells the convoluted tale of four gangs (each one worse than the next) several motley twosomes, crossed agendas, mishaps, mistakes, guns, cards and drugs. Our heroes (one uses the term lightly), a lovable foursome of uniquely talented con artists, get into trouble when one of their number loses big at cards in a rigged game.  

Hard-pressed to come up with the half a million quid they owe, the foursome overhear the gang next door planning a heist of money and drugs from yet another gang of marijuana growers. The con artists plot to rip off their neighbors and rid themselves of their dangerous debt. Suffice to say, nothing goes as planned. 

Set in East London, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels immerses itself in "Ladism," the culture of England's aimless youth. It comes fully loaded with blood and guts, but surprisingly little on-camera gore. Everyone gets what he or she deserves, and dialogue between lowlifes hasn't sounded so good or made so much sense since Reservoir Dogs

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels showcases new talent that should be around for some time to come. Nick Moran, who plays the con artist card shark, came to the movies from the English stage. Sting plays his stoic pub-owning dad. Vinnie Jones, the father in the other father-son con artist team, is a former soccer player making his acting debut. He doesn't say much, but what he does say is choice. Jason Flemyng, Jason Stratham, Dexter Fletcher and Steve Makintosh round out the rest of the cast. 

A giant hit in the U.K., Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels deserves to be one here, too. So, leave your sensibilities at the door, hold onto your popcorn and be prepared to be bludgeoned with some great entertainment. 

Joan Fuchsman

Readers Respond

Personally I loved the movie Snatch. It was very funny and perfect for the characters. I own the DVD and watch it all the time. I am only 17 so my opinion might not count as much as a 30- or 40-year-old. But maybe my parents point of view might work. They are 42 years old, and they also love the movie.

I've never seen Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. And Guy Ritchie, I thought, did great on Snatch. The laughter never stops not, even on the Special Features disc. It would be cool if Guy Ritchie would make another movie like maybe a sequel to Snatch.



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