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Four Lions

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United Kingdom, France · 2010
Rated R · 1h 37m
Director Chris Morris
Starring Riz Ahmed, Nigel Lindsay, Kayvan Novak, Adeel Akhtar
Genre Comedy, Crime, Drama

British terrorist Omar and his bumbling friends discover that they're more of a threat to themselves than to Western society in their inept plans to wage jihad. Whether attaching explosives to birds or preparing for a suicide bombing, every plan they hatch literally blows up in their faces.

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Yasmeen Gaber Profile picture for Yasmeen Gaber

This film is probably my favorite answer to the question "what if terrorists lived in your neighborhood?" The answer: the lads you've grown up with are probably too incompetent and have too much heart to carry out the task. The movie has a great, wonderfully British sensibility that is (for the most part) tonally consistent. I highly recommend.

What are critics saying?


San Francisco Chronicle by

Probably the world's first jihad terrorist comedy, Four Lions is a daring, brilliantly conceptualized film, but like the bumbling bombers of the title, the execution tends to be hit-and-miss.


Empire by Kim Newman

Guaranteed to offend a lot of folks across the political and belief spectrum, but consistently funny and horribly to the point. A sit-com spin-off is probably not on the cards, though.


Time Out by Nicolas Rapold

While these ninnies' antics and banter are remarkably entertaining, the quality of the satire depends on when the movie is sending up ludicrous extremist logic and when it's just engaging in repetitive buffoonery.


Boxoffice Magazine by Pam Grady

While the film is likely to find outright rejection among those who remain jittery with each turn in the War Against Terror, it should find a warm reception with fans of dark, outrageous humor.


Chicago Sun-Times by Roger Ebert

Four Lions is impossible to categorize. It's an exceedingly dark comedy, a wicked satire, a thriller where the thrills center on the incompetence of the villains.


Philadelphia Inquirer by Steven Rea

When it works - and it doesn't half the time - it's as if Monty Python were back, putting its merrily imbecilic stamp on the dark world of terrorism.

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