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Four Lions (2010)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  7 May 2010 (UK)
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Four incompetent British jihadists set out to train for and commit an act of terror.


(as Chris Morris)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Craig Parkinson ...
Wasim Zakir ...
Mohammad Aqil ...
Karl Seth ...
Khalid (as Willliam El-Gardi)
Malcolm Storge MP (as Alex MacQueen)
Shameem Ahmad ...
Jonathan Maitland ...
Newsreader (as Jonny Maitland)


Four Lions tells the story of a group of British jihadists who push their abstract dreams of glory to the breaking point. As the wheels fly off, and their competing ideologies clash, what emerges is an emotionally engaging (and entirely plausible) farce. In a storm of razor-sharp verbal jousting and large-scale set pieces, Four Lions is a comic tour de force; it shows that-while terrorism is about ideology-it can also be about idiots. Written by Sundance Film Festival

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Rated R for language throughout, including some sexual references | See all certifications »

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7 May 2010 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

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Opening Weekend:

£608,608 (UK) (7 May 2010)


$304,137 (USA) (18 February 2011)

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Did You Know?


Following Omar's bomb speech in his living room, you can hear Waj shout "fuck mini babybels". According to an interview with Kayvan Novak, this was completely improvised. See more »


Omar's water pistol was placed on his laptop but then appears behind the laptop and other objects on the table without anyone touching it. See more »


Ed: [conversing on the phone] Right so what sort of girls are you into, then, Waj?
Waj: I don't know. Ones with big jubblies and that.
Ed: Yeah? You like them big, Waj? Yeah.
Waj: And nice fit arses, too, man.
Ed: You're an arse man, aren't you, Waj? I knew you were, bro. You're an arse man. You're a massive arse man.
Waj: What are you saying?
Ed: I'm saying you're an arse man, Waj.
Waj: You giving me batty chirps, bro? You calling me a whammer?
Ed: No.
Waj: Fuck off!
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Crazy Credits

The London Marathon had no involvement in the making of this film and its portrayal is entirely a work of fiction See more »


References The Lion King (1994) See more »


Aag Ka Dariya
Written by Dr. Zeus
Performed by Dr. Zeus featuring Yana Gupta
Licensed courtesy of Envy Entertainment Ltd
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Expected laughs < Actual laughs
3 September 2010 | by (France) – See all my reviews

I'm no easy viewer and too often do I find myself being bored while watching a movie, or just barely interested.

I wasn't expecting much from this one and after a quick reading of the synopsis, I just thought "say whaat ?". As a reminder you might check again the IMDb summary and try to picture it seriously, you would expect some "sofa talking action" - as a friend would describe movies that have more dialogs than action scenes.

Long story short : that is, without any doubts, the most stupidly funny movie I've seen this year and if you haven't seen it already ... just go (Ok to be honest, I would also put Revenge of the Fallen even if its last year, the level of stupidity is clearly enough for a couple of years).

Whatever you are looking in a movie this one will deliver, it is filled with dumb-touching characters despite their "mission" as terrorists. The acting is not only great as a comedy but just strait out great, any one in the movie have something special and memorable.

Hell, you could even try to get a social commentary out of it but that'd be a long stretch, it's meant to be a comedy with a soul not just the usual "a few scenes funny and forget me next week" kind of movie.

I was really pleased to find this gem completely by chance and hope you will too as this is how comedy films are meant to be.

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