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Films about Islamic terrorism have tended to assume a tone of high seriousness, whether they explore lapses in judicial process (The Road To Guantanamo, Rendition) or personal motivation (the television drama The Hamburg Cell), and their reach has been niche. Men behaving like idiots, on the other hand, is a reliably popular topic, as the $462m (£298m) worldwide box office takings for the stag-night film The Hangover attests.

It takes a special person to fuse these genres,…

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