Escape to the Movies: Four Lions

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lol the gun is too small

ChocoFace:
Loved this movie. Loved the review. There's so much love in the air recently

There's no need to wait, its already on DVD (it was released back in May. However I don't think it has been released outside the UK yet(its getting a limited release today in the U.S).

Surprised to hear it's getting released in the USA. Will it be subtitled/dubbed?

Sounds like a funny, intriguing film. And this idea of using humor to attack the notion of terror reminds me a lot of the story of how Superman defeated the real life Ku Klux Klan back in the 1940s. It's an interesting story and would probably be a better premise for a Superman movie than the premise of any Superman movie that I've ever seen. Look it up if you have a chance.

Why do such intresting sounding Films never make it fast to europe? :/
Want to see this so bad.

Easily the best comedy of the year, plus I get to feel smug because it's been out in the UK for ages. :)

I remember film critic Mark Kermode comparing it to Dr. Strangelove in that it's a comedy makes you cry rather than laugh. 4 Lions will do both though.

As George Carlin said, anything can be funny.

Like a grandma getting raped, or a looney tune character getting beat up with a dildo. The man succeeded in making me laugh like a moron on both cases and for that, I love that man.

Sareth:
Why do such intresting sounding Films never make it fast to europe? :/
Want to see this so bad.

It was shown in the UK months ago and the last time i looked the UK's in europe :P hehe

but yea brilliant film filled with laughs through out just not entirely sure its gonna go down so well in the rest of the world cause the humour's typically British but Bob liked it so hopefully it will

p.s how does the US not have the honey monster this needs to be put right NOW!

shame on you movie bob for not realising the greatness of the honey monster sooner :(

Being British, I caught this film a long while back and as far as I'm concerned it's an instant classic.

Chris Morris is a comedy genius. If you haven't watched Brass Eye or The Day Today,well... there's really no excuse... GO!

Having said that, you can imagine my expectations were high and I'm pleased to say I wasn't disappointed.

Bob is right about his small screen origins showing through... this could have easily been made as a TV mini series but regardless but there's a lot here to love. The characters are likeable and painfully human, the situation is horrific and absurd... like all great comedy, it's that friction that creates all the big laughs.

Alot of the best jokes make very British cultural references but these only serve to make the characters more believable by rooting them in a very firm reality...

This really challenges the concept that terrorists are somehow foreign or alien... these people are recognisably English, and that makes it more scary and more poignant. For anyone familiar with this part of the country, these people feel very real in many ways.

My favourite moment was one character explaining the 'martyrdom' they're trying to achieve as being like skipping the queue at Alton Towers (a well known theme park). Hence their adopted battle cry (and the biggest laugh I've got out of any movie in years) RUBBER DINGY RAPIDS!

Rant over... enjoy :)

I hadn't heard of this movie at all before this video, but it sounds pretty good. I'm one of those people who can actually take humor like this without getting all offended, but still understand that its still overall a serious subject. So I'll have to try to see it some time.

And I love the thing on Captain America at the end there. I hope it don't suck either.

that picture of the clown that appears about 40 seconds in, i drew that last year for part of my as-level course work.............it made me happy to see him again

... I always thought the Honey Monster was an American concept we in the UK had just appropriated.

Huh.

Oh my god, THANKYOU.

This is one of my favourite 'modern' comedies and i thought you were going to try and rip into it (like every other reviewer has) trying to say it glamourises the terrorists and how the makes should be killed as the support them and blah blah.

So thankyou, for understanding it. It's like when south park did the muhammed episode, the average person thought "HA it's funny because they're taking the mick out of muslims..." but everyone with a decent IQ noticed it was more of a take the mick out of the West's stupid fear. It was funny and so is this. (by the wya, they're not on the same level, i'm just putting out the average viewer's view comparison).

It kind of took a while for you guys to get this, we in England had this out towards the beginning of summer.

Swaki:
definitely going to see it, and the yanks dont have the honey monster? i thought it was a nestle brand.

but it may loose some of it shock humour, there are a surprising amount of Danish sketches, stand up acts and cartoon strips about terrorists, so many that i almost forgot that A: its still a taboo in some countries and B: that they weren't just comedy material.

the Muhammed drawings where comedy gold for us back in the days.

*looks behind* Nope, no honey monster here. I might see this movie. I enjoyed Shaun of the Dead and that was British comedy.

Has this film just come out in america? Its been in Briton for about a year now!

Warning! This film is overly British!

Americans may not understand humour, only humor. Canadians and Australians may not understand anything at all. Don't change a thing to remedy this.

i want to go see this movie... there's too few British blockbusters like this now.

Honey Honey Honey!

I was originally surprised that there was such a huge delay between UK and US release.
Then I thought about it. A film from the perspective of Terrorists. Oh yeah, that'd be why.

And also, I never realised the Honey Monster was exclusive to the UK.
Sugar, do do do do do do, oh honey honey....

vallorn:
Warning! This film is overly British!

Americans may not understand humour, only humor. Canadians and Australians may not understand anything at all. Don't change a thing to remedy this.

i want to go see this movie... there's too few British blockbusters like this now.

Why would Canadians and Australians not understand anything at all in this? Im pretty sure we would understand more than Americans.

I've seen it. It's rubbish. And I love Chris Morris' comedy.

Though I think is a funny thing,I hope terrorism is'nt soo debunked that people forget that it actually is a serious problem. But it's nice to take a bit of the edge off.

Rubber dingy rapids bro!
About bloody time this got more non british attention

Lullabye:

vallorn:
Warning! This film is overly British!

Americans may not understand humour, only humor. Canadians and Australians may not understand anything at all. Don't change a thing to remedy this.

i want to go see this movie... there's too few British blockbusters like this now.

Why would Canadians and Australians not understand anything at all in this? Im pretty sure we would understand more than Americans.

sigh. its a parody of one of the Unclyclopedia banners. the only difference is that i replaced "article" with "film".

im sorry if i confused you.

Cousin_IT:
Surprised to hear it's getting released in the USA. Will it be subtitled/dubbed?

Why would it? Due to it being in English... America speak English which they stole from England... (which is a abomination of Germanic and French)

addeB:
I'm going to have to see this, I love "edgy comedy" (I don't really know how to describe it) :P

In my country we call this comedy.

canadamus_prime:
The Honey Monster looks like a rejected Sesame Street character.

Honey Monster > Cookie Monster

Awesome.

vallorn:

Lullabye:

vallorn:
Warning! This film is overly British!

Americans may not understand humour, only humor. Canadians and Australians may not understand anything at all. Don't change a thing to remedy this.

i want to go see this movie... there's too few British blockbusters like this now.

Why would Canadians and Australians not understand anything at all in this? Im pretty sure we would understand more than Americans.

sigh. its a parody of one of the Unclyclopedia banners. the only difference is that i replaced "article" with "film".

im sorry if i confused you.

Dammit, now I feel stupid.

srry about the bother......

Kinda wanted to see what you would have thought of Due Date, considering Four Lions isn't playing anywhere near where I live, but I guess at least you brought this movie to my attention and I'll probably have to watch it some time in the future.

Is it bad to say this sounds f*cking hilarious?

Saw this back in April when premiered in the UK. It's still easily the funniest movie I've seen all year. Thanks for reviewing something a little more obscure/foreign, Bob.

J03bot:
How have I not heard of this? I was semi-expecting a review of Let Me In, and then this rolls along? I am intrigued, and shall endeavour to see it.

And yes, the Honey Monster is awesome. As my Sugar Puffs T-shirt suggests.

Assuming you have a Honey Monster t-shirt (from the recent cereal box giveaway) then I assume you live in the UK. In which case, Four Lions came out last year and is already on DVD.

k,now do Due Date please. :3

I loved this film. It was very different from Morris' previous work like Brass Eye or The Day Today, in that those shows never really made fun of the people in it, but the public's perception of it. Just watch the Brass Eye special, "Paedogeddon" and you'll either get what I mean, or want me hanged for suggesting you watch that sick filth. But Four Lions was very much as Bob said, a film about what would happen if The Three Stooges met Al Qaeda.

While I'd say that the film's criticism is justified because of this, this is also a lot less irreverant than the likes of Nonce Sense or Carla the Elephant, so it gets away with it.

As an actual English person (NOT BRITISH) and an unashamed morris fan I really enjoyed this. However all of you over the pond might not be familiar of the british comedy Peep Show of which the writers in four lions are involved with. I strongly urge you to watch this show it is ****ing hilarious. Also check out some more of morris' work and that of armando innauci (sorry about spelling) you will enjoy it. x

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