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Eaten by Lions

UK, English, 94 mins

  • Director: Jason Wingard
  • Writer: Jason Wingard; David Isaac
  • Producer: Hannah Stevenson

CGiii Comment

Oh dear! Oh dear! Oh dear!

Described as an oddball comedy...well, the only thing that was 'odd' about this was the writing! In [too] many places, truly cringeworthy. The two young leads did the best they could possibly do with such a dire material. Jack Carroll is funny young man...but, inexperienced. What he needed was solid direction [and a better script]. Sadly, he got neither.

Antonio Aakeel has a face any camera would love to photograph. A handsome young man, oozing charm and talent...better parts will ensure a bright career - he deserves them, choose wisely young man. When these two young men are together the film comes alive. However, it's the rest of the characters who ruin it...most are over-written and all are [hideously] over-acted. Asim Chaudhry's Irfan [and that fortune-teller] should have been scrapped altogether! Ouch!

The most frustrating thing is...there was a great idea behind this...half brothers, different ethnicity. Sometimes, great ideas should be given to more competent hands!


The(ir) Blurb...

Omar and Pete 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.

Cast & Characters

Antonio Aakeel as Omar
Jack Carroll as Pete
Asim Chaudhry as Irfan
Johnny Vegas as Ray
Vicki Pepperdine as Ellen
Kevin Eldon as Ken
Sarah Hoare as Amy
Nitin Ganatra as Malik
Tom Binns as Fortune Teller
Stephanie Fayerman as Gran
Hayley Tamaddon as Sara
Darshan Jariwala as Saftar
Natalie Davies as Parveen
Christopher Hollinshead as Mike

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