Omar (Antonio Aakeel) and Pete (Jack Carroll) are half brothers. When their parents are eaten by lions they embark on a journey to find Omar’s real father. What follows is a funny, heart-warming journey of self-discovery for both boys…in Blackpool. The Choudray family represents a truly contemporary example of modern multicultural Britain – but what will the brothers make of their eccentric newfound family? Will they be going to Mecca or Mecca bingo? In contrast to the old fashioned stereotypes about Blackpool, the comedy is sharp, current and non-stop. With Asim Chaudhry and Johnny Vegas. From the official website
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“In all its good-natured silliness and gag-filled sprightliness, Eaten By Lions is this week’s unexpected treat: a really happy multicultural comedy that, for me, revived the spirit of Ayub Khan-Din’s East Is East from 1999. . . The script belts along – cheekily referencing a visual routine from Woody Allen’s Love and Death. Carroll is terrific as Pete, the kid with CP, a deadpan sense of humour and a tendency to shoplift. And, as ever, Chaudhry comes close to stealing the whole movie with his outrageously jack-the-laddish persona: the unreliable and horribly infantilised entrepreneur who runs a tacky shop on the seafront and makes Omar and Pete a present of his imported “Rulex” watches. A thoroughly likable feelgood film.” The Guardian
“The comic chemistry between Omar and Pete means their jokes and one-liners about the obvious realities of disability and race crackle and are genuinely funny. Overall, Eaten by Lions celebrates the kind of heart-warming multiculturalism that we knew during the Summer Olympics era in London in 2012.” britflicks.com
“Making splendid use of its seaside setting and cannily exploring issues of xenophobia, integration, disability and family, this isn’t particularly original. But its heart is definitely in the right place.” Empire