The Hard Word

A blackly comic, neo-noir heist picture, Australian screenwriter Scott Roberts's directing debut fairly oozes strenuous eccentricity. Robert's models seem to have been the pulp novels of Jim Thompson, Guy Ritchie's laddish LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS (1998) and SNATCH (2000) by way of the Coen brothers' BLOOD SIMPLE (1984). But his film's hard-boiled...read more

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  • Released: 2002
  • Rating: R
  • Review: A blackly comic, neo-noir heist picture, Australian screenwriter Scott Roberts's directing debut fairly oozes strenuous eccentricity. Robert's models seem to have been the pulp novels of Jim Thompson, Guy Ritchie's laddish LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRE… (more)

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