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In the Loop

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United Kingdom · 2009
1h 46m
Director Armando Iannucci
Starring Peter Capaldi, Tom Hollander, Gina McKee, James Gandolfini
Genre Comedy

Both the U.S. President and the U.K. Prime Minister want to go to war in the Middle East. The British Minister for International Development, Simon Foster, has made two comments on television emboldening both sides of the pro/anti-war lobbies, leading to a myriad of political maneuverings, truth-bending, and personal hijinx.

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Cyrus Berger Profile picture for Cyrus Berger

This is an incredibly funny and dark satire. I've never seen better use of swearing. The dialogue makes this movie fun to watch even though its view of politics is really bleak. The movie does a genuinely good job of showing political dysfunction and warmongering while staying very entertaining throughout.

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Film Threat by

Generous with its humor and spares no sacred cows, especially when it comes to the American political system.


Entertainment Weekly by Lisa Schwarzbaum

The chattering smarty-pants who ran the U.S. government on "The West Wing" are slow talkers compared with the motormouthed and hilariously imperfect power elite in the brainy British comedy In the Loop.


Village Voice by Melissa Anderson

Not to detract from the pleasure of watching the consistently excellent actors, who enhance the dialogue's bite with their body language, but the script of In the Loop is so rich that it could work as a radio play.


Rolling Stone by Peter Travers

Laugh you will, loud and often. In the Loop deserves to be a sleeper hit. The whole cast is stellar. And it proves that smart and funny can exist in the same movie, even in summer.


Boston Globe by Ty Burr

As a ranking cabinet minister in the brutally funny political satire In the Loop, actor Peter Capaldi unfurls dazzling verbal ribbons of the foulest language imaginable, thunderbolts of vulgarity that carry the force of precision carpet-bombing.

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