Today’s movie of the day is Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels. The black comedy crime film was produced in 1998 by Matthew Vaugh and directed by Guy Ritchie. The story involves a smart young card sharp, Eddy, who convinces his friends to consolidate funds and play against Hatchet Harry, a local crime boss. The rigged game causes Eddy to lose £500,000. Eddy and his three friends decide to rob a small gang to repay the debt. The film received international acclaim and introduced actors like Jones and Jason Statham. The movie’s approval rate is 74% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 66 reviews. One of the primary reasons for the high rating is that Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), is funny, twisted, and grimy.
The film was nominated for a British Academy Film Award in 1998 for the outstanding British Film of the Year. In 2000, Guy Ritchie won an Edgar Award from the “Mystery Writers of America” for Best Motion Picture Screenplay. In 2016, Empire magazine ranked Lock, Stock 75th on their list of the 100 best British films, saying that it is the best film Guy Ritchie had ever produced.