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YMMV / Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels

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  • Acceptable Professional Targets: Traffic Warden is a very unpopular profession in the U.K. (and elsewhere). Notably, once a Tap on the Head fails to knock him out, the whole group of protagonists decides to pummel him instead after one states his hatred for Traffic Wardens.
  • Awesome Music: The soundtrack:
    • Ed and Bacon fleeing the police to "Hundred Mile High City" Ocean Color Scene.
    • Big Chris is introduced to "The Boss" by James Brown. Speaking of which, "Payback" is played when Ed and Tom enter Harry's office.
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    • Ed losing the poker game to "I Wanna Be Your Dog" by The Stooges.
    • "Spooky" by Dusty Springfield is played when Barry the Baptist hires the Northern Monkeys to steal the shotguns.
    • The lads' party scene is set to "Walk This Land" by E-Z Rollers
    • "Zorbra the Greek" plays during the Lock and Load montage.
    • "Fool's Gold" by The Stone Roses is played when the lads try to stop Tom disposing of the guns.
  • Better on DVD: The Director's Cut most notably explores the backstory between Harry and J.D.'s rivalry and why Harry wants the bar so much.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Why is Soap so knowledgeable about knives? Because he's a chef.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: The main characters have a running joke of calling the rail-thin Tom fat. Tom never understands the joke and is completely mystified by how they could think he's overweight. Even the narrator gets in on the joke by claiming that, for a thin man, Tom is extremely fat.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The execution of the two drug dealers in Dog's first scene does it for him - they've already told him everything he wants to know, and are tied up, terrified, and begging for their lives. That earns them neither sympathy nor mercy. Even Dog's own crew, who are hardly saints themselves, disapprove of this.
    • Another contender for this is when Dog threatens to slice Little Chris's throat if Big Chris doesn't give him back the guns he stole. Fortunately, Dog ends up receiving a brutal death for threatening the son of a loan shark's muscle.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Danny John-Jules, best known as Cat from Red Dwarf, as Barman Jack, who tells Tom a story about Rory Breaker in Cockney Rhyming Slang
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • This is the movie that effectively launched the (film) careers of Jason Statham and Vinnie Jones.
    • Rob Brydon is the traffic warden.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Not the film itself, but the strange Spanish dub of the film.


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