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Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels






I nearly choked on my water when I read Ebert's review of this film. He described this film as a cross between the Marx Brothers and Tarantino if, "Groucho had been into chopping off fingers" That seems about right given that this group of kids in their twenties are flirting with life on the fringe of crime, save for the chef, who prides himself that his money is clean. One is a professional card player (Eddy), one runs whatever hustle's he can , and the other is something of an entrepreneur in crime, selling a little of this and that of whatever he can lay his hands on.

The first sign of trouble comes when they pool their life savings for a high-stakes poker game organized by Hatchet Harry (a mid level organizer of illegal gambling and operator of porn shops.) Harry cheats, the group looses all of their money and then some, and Harry demands that they hand over the Eddy's fathers bar in place of payment. They are given a short time to raise the money before Hatchet harry take the fathers bar.

In phase two of the movie the kids try to figure out what they can do to raise money fast. They eavesdrop on their criminal neighbors who are going to steal a load of Ganja from a group of seemingly innocuous horticulturalist, who are really backed by another hard hitting criminal. So group one steals from the horticulturalist and Eddy and his group steal from the next door neighbors. They have pre-arranged to sell the ganja through an intermediary. What they don't know is they are selling the pot back to the original owner. The last two sentences are a little confusing as at this point everybody is gunning for everybody else.

The movie has violent moments, and their is some language, but overall it is an amusing movie. Sting plays eddie's father, and this was an early movie for Jason straitham.