‘Eaten by Lions,’ directed by Jason Wingard

Movie, 2019

One part coming of age, one part social commentary, which is well done, wears its heart boldly on its sleeve, has some decent performances, but ultimately falls over itself, and just doesn’t deliver enough gags. A problem for a comedy and a shame, as the issues and challenging of norms all pay off nicely. Things feel a little flat, however, and some of the set pieces feel a little clumsy and over-earnest. Had the film been funnier, or a whole lot more twister and darker, it might have worked better; in the end, I felt I was being prodded and irritated, having been promised to getting a good load of laughs at a good comedy.

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