In the Loop

In the Loop

DVD - 2010
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The US President and UK Prime Minister fancy a war. But not everyone agrees that war is a good thing. The US General Miller doesn't think so and neither does the British Secretary of State for International Development, Simon Foster. But, after Simon accidentally backs military action on TV, he suddenly has a lot of friends in Washington, DC.
Publisher: [London] :IFC Films, [2010]
Edition: Widescreen ed.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (106 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm.


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Nov 19, 2018

Veep was created by the same person who did the British TV series The Thick of It and movie In The Loop.

Sep 04, 2018

I guiltily love 'The Thick of It' (so sweary, but so funny), so naturally I had to watch this. It was fine. Not as good as the show, I'm sure partly because so much of it takes place in America. British humor can get lost over here, and while this is a British movie, there's something just a tad off, and I think that's it. That, and for some reason the expletives sound more vulgar coming out of James Gandolfini's mouth than Peter Capaldi's.

If you don't like the show, you won't like this, and if you haven't seen the show, I think it would all be a bit fast-paced and confusing. Also, not knowing who Malcolm Tucker is would be an unfortunate way to come into it.

If you like the show, the movie is fine, but not necessary. Not quite the same when the only two characters we know are Malcolm and Jamie (who thankfully is better in this than on the show), but I enjoyed it well enough.

Dec 07, 2016

Obviously a film that will not appeal to everyone - the expletives come thick and fast - but I hugely enjoyed it - so much that I watched it three times. Hilarious. Terrific writing, terrific acting, terrific direction. Five stars.

LPL_IanS Jul 19, 2016

If you're a fan of HBO's "Veep," you'll definitely feel right at home with another one of Armando Iannucci's creations.

Much like "Veep," "In the Loop" is a caustic, profanity ridden, laugh a minute affair starring a perfectly cast group of unlikable public servants.

Jun 08, 2016

Outstanding satire about how decisions are really made behind the scenes by foul-mouthed bullies. Some truly virtuosic invective here--well worthy of praise. Tom Hollander stands out as the clueless minister who none-the-less has a conscience. Quick, improvisational, appears to contain more than a grain of truth about the subversion of "Bush's Poodle."

Dec 16, 2014

It seems to have the potential of an interesting if implausible tale,
But within three minutes I was presented with half a dozen vulgarities which added nothing to the story.
Such vulgarity is not what I hear on the streets in my neighourhood. It is heard in the skid row section of Vancouver.
In less that 3 minutes I gave it the deep 6 and moved on.

bears1985 Mar 22, 2014

Very busy. lots going on how something said can be twisted. Not overly funny but I think worth a watch. after I watched it makes you think how scary it is.

Mar 20, 2014

You don't want to watch this political satire if you are offended by profanity. On the other hand, the non-stop rotor foul dialogues were both creative and funny as delivered by a motley bunch of British and American politicians involved in lobbying the UN to support a war based on hearsay existence of WMD.

Feb 27, 2014

British farcical political satire. A British sub-cabinet secretary, when asked by the media about the possibility of British and American involvement in a Middle East war says "War? War is unforeseeable." He's scolded for saying this by the department's cuss-word-centric chief of staff. Apparently this statement was too passive; instead he should have said something more threatening, something like is heard from politicians all the time, something like "All options are on the table, etc, etc." Anyway, the movie starts with some promise, but becomes tiring after this same basic premise and associated scatological language is repeatedly served up. It's just not very funny. Not recommended.

Dec 27, 2013

Hilarious political satire featuring a cabinet minister who just doesn't know when to shut up. This film has added the phrase "Difficult, difficult...lemon difficult" to my lexicon.

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Mar 20, 2014

SIMON: What the f***, Malcolm. This is all going to spin along from here and we have a vote and we go to war. We fight people, and kill them, and our kids get killed, and that's exactly the sort of thing I didn't want to do when I went into politics. That's the opposite of what I want to be doing. --- MALCOLM: That's why you've got to stay in government. In here you can influence things, delay things. Out there you're just another mad shouty f**ker people don't want to make eye-contact with. Remember Mary? She took a stand over Health. Everyone decided she was mental.

Mar 20, 2014

MALCOLM: You might pull this kind of stunt on some young wank fresh up from Oklahoma, happy to be getting his hookers paid for by tobacco lobbyists, but not me. --- LINTON: What seems to be the problem? --- MALCOLM: I've just had a briefing from a 9-year-old finalist in Americas got talent. I think he may have been a ventriloquist. Or possibly the fxxkxxx dummie. --- LINTON: AJ? He is one of my top guys. Stanton College Prep, Harvard...he's smart and he's great at his job ...

Mar 20, 2014

GENERAL MILLER: See, this is the problem with civilians wanting to go to war. When you've been there you don't want to go back unless you absolutely have to. It's like France.--- TOBY: Though -- maybe? What's brave about doing
the `right thing'? Nothing. Doing the
wrong thing is braver. In a way. I mean, you know, wars sometimes work. The War of Independence, that worked. For the Americans. Second World War. That was a good idea. I mean not a good idea but ... --- SIMON: I know what you mean. And the Crimean War -- we got nurses out of that.

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Apr 27, 2013

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