FOUR LIONS

I expected something a little more madcap, more zany and absurdist —
a Marx Brothers take on terrorism. But this turns out to be a very
British comedy, droll rather than knockabout. The premise is, they're
homegrown jihadis in London, but they're idiots. At least all but one.
And that's where you have to suspend your disbelief that this first
among equals — a bright, dedicated family man (who happens to
subscribe to a psychotic ideology) — would hang out with, much less
plan a terrorist operation with the other three morons. You can see
each of the ostensibly shocking moments coming right before it happens
and when the movie goes soft, it betrays its comic premise. Warning:
unless you speak fluent Brit, count on missing more than a few punch
lines. — Jeff Schultz

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