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Rated R · 102 minutes · 2010

Comedy drama
This is a dark, dark piece of satire from director and co-writer Christopher Morris that somehow manages to get laughs out of jihad and suicide bombers. The story focuses on a group of English wannabe terrorists. At one point, two of them travel to a terrorist camp in Pakistan, and things don’t go very well. They return to England, where they plot some suicide bombings—and things get even worse. If you told me I’d be laughing my ass off at an intelligent satirical film in which multiple people blow themselves up while wearing mascot outfits, I’d say you were crazy. The accents are a little thick, so some dialogue might fly by American ears, but many of the words you decipher will have you laughing, and laughing hard. This is satire with monster-sized balls. I saw this film shortly after I delivered my Best of the Year list for 2010. Consider it a late addition.
Official Site: www.drafthousefilms.com
Director: Christopher Morris
Producer: Angus Aynsley, Carole Baraton, Peter Carlton and Will Clarke
Cast: Riz Ahmed, Arsher Ali, Nigel Lindsay, Kayvan Novak, Adeel Akhtar, Benedict Cumberbatch, Julia Davis, Alex MacQueen, Craig Parkinson and Preeya Kalidas

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East Bay Express Big Bang Theory: Four Lions and Client 9 What's worse? Klutzy jihadist terrorists or vengeful Wall Streeters? by Kelly Vance 11/10/2010
Creative Loafing Atlanta Review: Four Lions Chris Morris' debut film satirizes the jihad mission by Curt Holman 12/03/2010
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