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In the Loop (2009)

In the Loop (2009)

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Critic Consensus: In the Loop is an uncommonly funny political satire that blends Dr. Strangelove with Spinal Tap for the Iraq war era.

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The run-up to war makes for curious rivalries and uneasy alliances in this political satire from director and co-screenwriter Armando Iannucci. Simon Foster (Tom Hollander) is a minor minister of international development with the British government who, in the midst of a radio interview, casually tells a reporter "war is unforeseeable." However, the prime minister is being pressured to commit British troops to support American forces in the Middle East, and communications director Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi) goes into a tirade when the press turns Foster's passing comment into a major news story. Foster becomes an unwitting media figure, and he and his personal communications director, Judy (Gina McKee), are joined by political damage control expert Toby (Chris Addison) as they're sent to Washington, D.C., to meet with American political and military leaders. Despite Judy's and Toby's help, Foster displays a stubborn inability to say what he's supposed to, and he finds himself caught in the middle between pro-war factions -- including diplomat Karen Clarke (Mimi Kennedy) and State Department official Linton Barwick (David Rasche) -- and those who oppose the conflict, including Pentagon attachà (C) General Miller (James Gandolfini) and activist Liza (Anna Chlumsky). As if matters weren't already complicated enough, Liza used to date Toby when they were college students, and Gen. Miller was once involved with Clarke, adding bitter romantic history to an already rocky playing field. In the Loop received its North American premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Cast

Tom Hollander
as Simon Foster
Peter Capaldi
as Malcolm Tucker
James Gandolfini
as General Miller
Gina McKee
as Judy Molloy
Anna Chlumsky
as Liza Weld
David Rasche
as Linton Barwick
Steve Coogan
as Paul Michaelson
Mimi Kennedy
as Karen Clark
Harry Hadden-Paton
as Civil Servant
Samantha Harrington
as Malcolm's Secretary
James Smith
as Michael Rodgers
Enzo Cilenti
as Bob Adriano
James Doherty
as Reporter
Chipo Chung
as Annabelle Hsin
Joanna Brookes
as Mrs. McDiarmid
Rita May
as Mrs. Michaelson
Paul Higgins
as Jamie MacDonald
Alex MacQueen
as Sir Jonathan Tutt
Eve Matheson
as New Minister
Will Smith (III)
as New Advisor
Reid Sasser
as Airport Security Official
Del Pentecost
as White House Tourist
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Critic Reviews for In the Loop

All Critics (169) | Top Critics (38)

It's fantastic stuff, so over-the-top, so scabrous, so bitterly brilliant that you have to assume that, on some level, it rings true.

October 21, 2009 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Painfully funny satire of British and American bureaucrats in the days leading up to the Iraq War.

August 21, 2009

The film, while often very funny, is so relentlessly savage it could destroy whatever shred of respect you may still retain for politicians and that flogged horse called democracy.

August 21, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The brainchild of British director Armando Iannucci, it takes on the politicians at their own dirty game, daring to fictionally embellish the tawdry facts, to out-spin the spin doctors.

August 21, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This enormously witty satire follows a British diplomatic staff as they fly to Washington to confer with their U.S. counterparts, who are secretly ginning up an invasion of the Middle East.

August 20, 2009 | Full Review…

This is the funniest movie of the summer.

August 13, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/4

Audience Reviews for In the Loop

½

Peter Capaldi makes this film Just as he did in the series! It's very British and I love it! Funny, entertaining and enjoyable!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

½

A hilarious political satire with a witty dialogue and a deliciously British sense of humor that I imagine is not for everyone - and Peter Capaldi is priceless and steals the show every time he appears, swearing insanely and shouting the f-word to everyone.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

With a great cast of both Brits and Americans, and a stalwart approach to satirical humor, director Armando Ianucci delivers a great politically motivated comedy. Delving into the oft-mined political sphere, as of late, "In the Loop" follows the bungling of an interview by Simon Forster (Holland) and the subsequent worldwide chatter between the US and UK. It also speaks on the subterfuge of being a political animal, and the hand holding that goes into bills, policy, and wartime paranoia. Everyone in this is so hilarious, and over-the-top in the best of ways. Peter Capaldi steals the entire show as Malcolm Tucker, a lewd, cussing, inflammatory politician who strives to keep his career while double crossing everyone in the process. His longwinded rants on the state of politics, and his own role in its demise are both funny and sadly close to reality. James Gandolfini, Anna Chlumsky, Steve Coogan, and Mimi Kennedy also give outstanding performances as players in an intrigue filled game, whether they know it or not.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

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