In the Loop

In the Loop

DVD - 2010
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The British Prime Minister and the U.S. President infer that they want to embark on a war in the Middle East. Simon Foster, the British Minister for International Development states, off the cuff, in a radio interview that 'war is unforeseeable.' He later tries to recant his statement to news reporters with another statement. Both remarks start a series of manoeuvrings on both sides by both the pro- and anti-war factions in both governments. U.S. Assistant Secretary for Diplomacy Karen Clarke and U.S. Lieutenant General George Miller lead the anti-war faction, against chief warmonger Linton Barwick. Each principle with their staff, some of whom do not agree with their political master, will do whatever he or she needs to to achieve the desired end goal. This includes having fake meetings, having fake committees, spinning information, leaking information and documents, and doctoring documents. These manoeuvrings are most important in the lead up to the UN vote on the issue.

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ericstride
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.

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DHahn
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."

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FrankJ21
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.

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jimg2000
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.

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LibraryUser53
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.

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SusannahElf
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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HellbillyHillhound
Jun 21, 2013

This movie is really funny! However the subject matter is really depressing. The World let Blair and "W" destroy the Planet. Both of them should be in prison for life. We don't get those years back. Nor do we get those freedoms back. Long Live Gandolfini!! You will be missed. You should have been Prez. for 8 years.

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poolman
Apr 27, 2013

Brilliant satire: biting, fast-paced, caricaturish, hand-held camera work, pungent dialogue. Only the British could get away with dialogue slathered in vulgarity (every "bad" word is here in abundance) and not only get away with it but make it funny and acceptable in context.

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jimg2000
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.

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jimg2000
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 ...

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jimg2000
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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poolman
Apr 27, 2013

poolman thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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