i don't often post in this forum, but after watching a DVD last night i feel moved to warn fellow Arrsers. Thugs, Mugs and Dogs is 143 minutes of my life i will never get back. however, i find that i can actually laugh at the waste of time that this cinematic experience provided - because it was so bad, it's almost compulsory viewing. i've been out of the country for a while and not kept up with film releases. on impulse, walking past a DVD stand i bought this one with dave courtney on the cover, billed as "best british crime film since snatch". i really don't know where to start. the plot is terrible. the writing is so poor that the actors seem embarrassed to be delivering some of their lines. of course, the "actors" include such (cinematic?) heavyweights as lisa riley. the inept direction / writing includes everything from a farcical "chase" scene, which is a cross between tom and jerry and the keystone kops... there is a truly bizarre bit in the middle, where five girls - for no discernible reason - start doing a (poor) choregraphed dance routine, out of the blue. no rhyme, reason, explanation or relevance to the plot. (someone on IMDB suggested that one of them must be someone's girlfriend and they wanted to be in the film; it's the most likely explanation, i think). some of the jokes are older than stonehenge ("give him a biscuit and he might let you")... yet the writer seems to think he is original and hilarious. it's hard to know which is worse - the script, or the rigidly wooden delivery from the leading characters. the writer also appears to want to be crazy and outrageous, with bad guys making completely predictable jokes about a legless victim... and the funeral scene seems self-consciously attempting to be a bit "mad". i could go on, but i don't want to spoil it for anyone tempted to view it in its awful entirety! seriously, it's so bad, it's worth a watch. i am seldom conscious of things like script and direction when i'm watching a film, but this pile of shit forces you to wonder about those behind it. when off-beat things happen from a good writer / director, they work. when some deluded fool deliberately tries to do these things, the result is something which you feel might have been written by a teenage boy and shot by an undergraduate in his first year of film studies. seriously - one of the most utter shit films i've ever seen, but almost compelling viewing (once only) for all the wrong reasons.