In the Loop
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
It s the razor-sharp smash that critics are calling brilliant (San Francisco Chronicle), blisteringly funny (USA Today) and "One of the best films of the year... a little piece of heaven (Chicago Tribune). Peter Capaldi stars as a foul-mouthed British government spokesman who must act quickly when a mid-level minister (Tom Hollander of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN) tells an interviewer that U.S. war in the Middle East is unforeseeable . But when they are both summoned to Washington D.C., the hapless politico quickly becomes a pawn of bureaucrats, spin doctors and military advisors, including a hardnosed General (James Gandolfini, in a performance Rolling Stone hails as slyly hilarious ). Gina McKee (WONDERLAND), Anna Chlumsky (MY GIRL) and Steve Coogan (TROPIC THUNDER) co-star in this hilarious satire from director/co-writer Armando Iannucci, the award-winning creator of the classic BBC sitcoms I M ALAN PARTRIDGE and THE THICK OF IT.
By far the funniest big-screen satire in recent memory. --A.O. Scott, New York Times
DEVILISHLY CLEVER...It proves that smart and funny can exist in the same movie. You will laugh loud and often. --Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
LETHALLY WITTY...The most savage, biting political satire in years. --Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top customer reviews
Peter Capaldi plays the Director of Communications for the British Prime Minister. As such he has to keep the rest of the government on message. Whenever an official in government strays off message, he goes crazy and becomes a threatening profanity filled demon to bring them back in line. Unfortunately for the naïve Secretary of International Development Simon Foster, played perfectly by Tom Hollander, he lets a personal opinion about Mid-east tensions slip in an interview. Simon is a good fellow who is totally over his head in the insane world of cut-throat politics. He plays the role of the gentle fool, he tries to be wise and ends up sounding foolish, and he becomes a ping pall ball in the political discourse as the United States and Great Britain move toward an invasion of an unnamed country. On Simon’s staff is his Communications Director, Judy Malloy, played by the exceptional actress Gina McKee. She also plays Caterina Sforza in the epic series, The Borgias, with Jeremy Irons as Pope Alexander VI. If there is a character that may serve as the moral center of the film, the observer of all the chaos and miscommunication, it is Judy Malloy. Her boss is not very supportive, a new understudy is hired for the office, and the Director of Communication for the Prime Minister is openly hostile toward her as if it is her fault that Simon Foster makes idiotic but well meaning comments to the press that are twisted for political ends. Chris Addison plays the new communications assistant in Simon’s office, Toby Wright, and he creates one crisis after another with his careless leaks to the press. There is a wonderful scene where he is caught having a one-night-stand with an old graduate school friend and his excuses and denials provide a miniature example of the spin being practiced by the more senior statesmen in the film.
On the American side of the equation, things are almost as idiotic. Two dueling Assistant Secretaries of State try to continually out play each other as the United States moves toward an invasion of another country. Mimi Kennedy plays Assistant Secretary Clark whose bright young assistant, played by Anna Chlumsky, has done a policy analysis and found many more disadvantages of an invasion compared to advantages. She also has discovered that the British intelligence source, Iceman, is highly unreliable. What is portrayed so well here is that competition exists at multiple layers of organizations with folks most competitive with people at their own level. Mimi Kennedy is outstanding in this film. Her competitor, Assistant Secretary of State for Policy, Linton Barwick, speaks non-sense to continually throw people off his track. He is played by David Rasche. James Gandolfini is also excellent playing the Pentagon general who is trying to protect his career while the pro-war and anti-war forces battle in the policy and press arenas.
In the policy world of leaks to the relentless press, distorted and unreliable intelligence sources, careerism and competition, poor message control, and shifting alliances; this political satire sometimes rings all too true. I admit this film is not for everyone. The cursing by Peter Capaldi, while highly creative and imaginative, is also a bit crude. The dialogue is fast and furious and sometimes due to the British accents is hard to understand. However, as a mini-mirror into the world of policy formation, it is right on the money.
Most of the actors in this film are new to me. Some of the actors playing the parts of Americans may well be British actors. These days, actors on both side of the pond can provide either American or British accents nearly perfectly. One actor, definitely American, is James Gandolfini, playing an American General who reputedly uses a live hand grenade as a paper weight.
The superbly written film portrays these officials who, in their attempts to avoid the outbreak of a new war, only manage to move both countries closer and closer to it. The cast and director of this fine film acquit themselves admirably. The opening credits state that part of the funding for this film was provided by the U.K. Film Council, an organization that has since been abolished in order to reduce government spending.
The film adroitly demonstrates the failure of human beings to communicate. To quote T.S. Eliot from one of his plays: "Men tighten the knot of confusion into perfect misunderstanding."
Most recent customer reviews
Robert C.Read more