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The Tomatometer is 60% or higher.
The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
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Morris and his writers-four of them in this film as well -- like to torture logic with absurdist dialogue, and some of their gang's escapades are amusing rather than laughable. Yet "Four Lions" lacks a moral base.
Does making jihadists seem semi-lovable twerps do anything, ultimately, but trivialise the conflict? Perhaps if the film were funnier, we wouldn't look for reasons why comedy and global cataclysm seem a less than perfect match.
The director, Chris Morris, has been successfully making TV and radio comedies for 20 years. But he falters in this, his first feature. He's taken what might make a funny sketch and forced it to run more than an hour and a half.