YMMV / Four Lions

  • Acceptable Religious Targets: Thoroughly deconstructed; writer/director Chris Morris was intent on removing the terror of Jihadists by making them look as ridiculous as possible. So far no fatwas have been issued.
  • Asshole Victim: Ahmed is actually harmless and peaceful. but is taken into custody and blamed for the actions of actual terrorists.. But this doesn't change that he's a holier-than-thou bigot whose form of Islam is really not much different than Barry's.
  • Awesome Music: The film manages to make Toploader's "Dancing In The Moonlight" a musical highlight.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: More than a couple of times actually.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: A terrorist attack on a marathon in a major city? Cue April 15, 2013.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In 2010, before the wave of terrorist attacks in Western Europe, the idea of terrorists in Britain being largely incapable of mass casualty attacks had some traction. Nowadays, not so much.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The film was released in August of 2010, possibly around the same time that the Geronimo operation, which led to the death of Osama bin Laden, was being planned.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Rubber dinghy rapids, bro!"
  • Idiot Plot: Let's face it, if any of the Lions did anything remotely intelligent we'd be watching a completely different sort of film.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Barry blowing up Hassan when he bottles out and tries to surrender to a police officer who happens upon them. A fairly despicable act in itself, but Omar is especially outraged that Barry took away Hassan's choice to give his own life, and thus the posthumous rewards of his sacrifice.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Benedict Cumberbatch as a particularly inept police negotiator.
  • Painful Rhyme: Hassan's lyrics. A sample: "For my creed/I di-heed."
  • Retroactive Recognition: Aside from the police negotiator mentioned above, the group's leader Omar would later be known as Bodhi Rook (the two characters even die the same way).
  • Tear Jerker: Omar pretends to be a doctor so he can deliver a coded message to his wife, a hospital receptionist: "I've finished my shift, I'm taking my team to the top floor"
    • Also when he hears Waj kill himself over the phone after trying to talk him out of it... and then walks into Boots.
      • ...and it wasn't even a branch of Boot's, just some cheap little independent pharmacy, making Omar's gesture seem even more tragic and futile.
  • Values Dissonance: The whole point of the film, but our protagonists have a hard time putting their finger on exactly which values.
  • The Woobie: Feisal. Waj takes over later on.