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R| 1 hr. 42 min.

Plot Summary
A group of young Muslim men living in Sheffield decide to wage jihad, and they hatch an inept plan to become suicide bombers. Omar (Riz Ahmed) and Waj (Kayvan Novak) have a brief, disastrous run at a Pakistan training camp, while Faisal (Adeel Akhtar) works on an unlikely scheme to train birds to carry bombs. Their ill-conceived plan culminates at the London Marathon with their bumbling attempts to disrupt the event while dressed in outlandish costumes.

Cast: Riz Ahmed , Arsher Ali , Nigel Lindsay , Kayvan Novak , Adeel Akhtar , Benedict Cumberbatch , Julia Davis , Alex MacQueen

Director: Christopher Morris

Genres: Comedy drama

Distributor: Alamo Drafthouse Films

Four Lions (2009)

Release Date: November 5th, 2010|1 hr. 42 min.

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critic reviews (10)
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  • 50
    San Francisco Chronicle

    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. show more

  • 30
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The only reason to see it is Riz Ahmed's performance as Omar, the supposed brains of the operation. Mr. Ahmed reminded me a bit of Robert Carlyle. He's dynamic, quick-tongued and intense. And much too classy for this tatty room. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    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. show more

  • March 15, 2011 MatHam157
    Report This User

    made me laugh more than any film all year!

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Terrorist Comedy 'Four Lions' Now Available on Netflix Instant

Posted by
Gabrielle Dunn on Apr 12th, 2011 12:45PM

In 2010, a little film called 'Four Lions' garnered some press for being controversial. The film was a comedy about terrorism. What?! Viewers wondered how that could be possible, but writer...

'Four Lions' to Hit Blu-ray and DVD on March 8, Artwork Inside

Posted by
Peter Hall on Feb 7th, 2011 6:30PM

'Four Lions,' British director Chris Morris's (whom some may recognize as Denholm from 'The IT Crowd') extremely dark comedy about a U.K. terrorist sleeper cell's attempts to activate, was one of...

Most Controversial Comedies: 5 Movies That Entertained AND Offended

Posted by
Scott Weinberg on Nov 6th, 2010 10:00AM

What makes a movie controversial? Well, yes, it incites conversation, that much we know. But there are plenty of comedies out there that deal with sex, politics, religion, and all sorts of...

'Four Lions' Director Chris Morris Talks About Finding the Funny in Terrorism

Posted by
William Goss on Nov 5th, 2010 6:00PM

Although notorious in his native England for the satirical shows 'Brass Eye,' 'Jam,' and 'The Day Today,' Chris Morris is probably best known in the United States for his appearances as Denholm...

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