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 hot-button topics, and only a handful go down as memorably daring, provocative, or truly controversial. One fine candidate for the list opens this weekend in limited release: 'Four Lions' is a witheringly trenchant farce about a group of clueless terrorists -- and if finds even a small audience, the film was most certainly be controversial to some degree.

But the theory as to specifically WHY certain comedies become (and remain) controversial, we do what The History Channel does: we look to the past.
The Producers Movie Poster
The Producers
Based on 5 critics

Down and out producer Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel), who was once the toast of Broadway, trades sexual... Read More

Blazing Saddles Movie Poster
Blazing Saddles
Based on 12 critics

In this satirical take on Westerns, crafty railroad worker Bart (Cleavon Little) becomes the first black... Read More

Life of Brian Movie Poster
Life of Brian
Based on 14 critics

Brian Cohen (Graham Chapman) is an average young Jewish man, but through a series of ridiculous events,... Read More

Network Movie Poster
Based on 7 critics

In this lauded satire, veteran news anchorman Howard Beale (Peter Finch) discovers that he's being put... Read More

Four Lions Movie Poster
Four Lions
Based on 28 critics

A group of young Muslim men living in Sheffield decide to wage jihad, and they hatch an inept plan to... Read More

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