In the Loop 2009

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The twists are snappy, the tone screwball in this delicious political satire. The US president and UK prime minister fancy a war. But UK secretary of state for international development doesn't, then accidentally backs war on TV. Soon diplomacy collides with spin doctors on both sides of the Atlantic!

Starring:
Peter Capaldi, Tom Hollander
Runtime:
1 hour 41 minutes

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In the Loop

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Genres Comedy
Director Armando Iannucci
Starring Peter Capaldi, Tom Hollander
Supporting actors Gina McKee, James Gandolfini, Mimi Kennedy, Anna Chlumsky, Zach Woods, Chris Addison, Steve Coogan, David Rasche
Studio StudioCanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Andygd on 13 Sep 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Bought this after watching on tv. Armand Ianucci seems to turn everything he touches into gold. I cannot recommend this enough if you like political satire.
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85 of 94 people found the following review helpful By C. MacLellan VINE VOICE on 18 Jun 2009
Format: DVD
Prior to the release of In The Loop, Alastair Campbell said the film portrayed politicians and their advisers as crass and venal, which had never been his experience whilst in government. Then on the eve the film's release, Smeargate hit (I know, it sounds messy), with the expenses scandal to follow a few weeks later, proving that politics was indeed crass and venal. Iannucci 1 Campbell 0.

On the eve of `a war' in the Middle East, Minister for International Development Simon Foster (Tom Hollander) accidentally states that war is "unforeseeable". This ambiguous statement is seized upon by both the hawks and doves in Washington, with each seeing Foster as their poster boy. On hand to clean up the...mess, is the Prime Minister's spin doctor Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi).

In The Loop is effectively a stretched out version of Iannucci's award winning television series The Thick of It., but one of the only characters linking the two is Peter Capaldi's ferocious government spin doctor Malcolm Tucker. Loosely based on Alastair Campbell, who claims Tucker is nothing like him (the gentlemen doth protest too much methinks), Capaldi's is an absolute joy to watch, as he spits fury at the bumbling government officials, both elected and unelected. Roughly every third word which comes from Tucker's mouth is a word you'd never use around your mother, but the writing is so intelligent, that it's impossible not to laugh as he spits fury.

Despite portraying Her Majesty's government as blundering fools, the rest of the British cast put in strong performances.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Vella on 17 Jan 2011
Format: DVD
This is a wonderful movie, very clever in the use of langauge and in the casting. The chracters are quite real and typical of highly driven organisations. The use of profanity and sarcasm is well scripted and timed. The meeting of the UK and US politicians absolutely hilarious as one is always trying to gain advantage over the other.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Littrell TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 April 2010
Format: DVD
I don't know how funny this would be the second or third time around, but it was pretty funny the first. What we have is the run-up to an invasion of an unnamed Middle Eastern country with the focus on American and Brit governmental operatives as some advance the program and others try to stop it. It's an over-the-top satirical comedy, a kind of burlesque version of the real run-up prior to the invasion of Iraq.

Tom Hollander stars as a nice boy minister who wants to stop the war train. Peter Capaldi plays some kind of Brit gov attack dog with a bad case of coprolalia who enjoys nothing more than humiliating subordinates and the occasional Yank as he salivates about the marvelous maiming and killing to come. David Rasche plays Linton Barwick the American Secretary of...well they don't say, but it would be Defense. Rasche has the voice and mannerisms of the real Secretary of Defense during the Iraq War (Donald Rumsfeld) down pat. Rasche's parody of the ultimate micromanaging war-nit was for me the highlight of the movie.

There's a nice comedic take on the relationship between Karen Clarke, who plays an American assistant secretary and her intern played by Anna Chlumsky resulting in a lampoon of polticos running helter-skelter as they go about managing the ship of state.

Everything is lickity-split. The dialogue comes at you like water from a fire hose, and everybody is just drunk with nerd-gov power. There is a certain truth behind the sexually demeaning expletives coming out of just about everybody's mouth, revealing a kind of repressed macho that is the dream of persons in positions of petty power.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S.E. Haughton on 24 Aug 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A cousin piece (though apparently a pseudo-prequel) to the political satire series, 'The Thick Of It', In The Loop cynically covers both the British and American political systems. British Spin and American power-housing is on show as a Health Minister calamitously finds himself in the midst of a vote on a potential war in the middle east.

Peter Capaldi, James Gandolfini, Anna Chlumsky and Paul Higgins are the stars as the PM's Spin Doctor Malcolm Tucker, General Miller, Liza Weld and Jamie McDonald.

The film isn't a laugh-a-minute special; you have to be able to see between the lines and understand the slyness that occurs regularly throughout, though the more abrupt moments do bring about some bellyaching laughs. In The Loop is very much like an extended, international version of an episode of 'The Thick Of It'; there isn't a killer ending to the film which may give the viewer a feeling that the finish is quite blunt yet slow coming.

Contrary to the protests of professional politicians, you very much get the impression that the film nails the sleaze within politics and just how much the public is allowed to know, as well as just how desperate people can be to climb to the political landscape.

If you are a fan of 'The Thick Of It', this is a must-buy. If you're not aware of the series or just haven't seen it, or are simply knowledgeable of politics, then again I would recommend buying it as you will probably enjoy the satire on show and will want to explore the series further.

Oh, and expect swearing, ;-)
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