“In the Loop” is a British comedy, revolving around bureaucracy, communication, idiocy and war, not necessarily in that order.
After a dim witted, mid level cabinet minister misspeaks on a tv show, saying, “War is unforeseeable”, the British and American governments both begin to prep themselves for war. War hawks and Peaceniks both mobilize, hold committee meetings, push position papers, and square off face to face.
It’s very much like a political version of “The Office”, except with a War looming.
And lots and lots of swearing.
When the British Secretary of State for International Development, Simon Foster, fumbles his words and unintentionally implies that there might be a war imminent, he finds himself being brought in and used as a pawn in the behind the scenes maneuvering between those who do want and those who don’t want war. The Prime Minister’s chief spin-doctor, Malcolm Tucker, attempts to reign in the situation in a foul mouthed, heavy handed fashion.
This character uses the type profanity than you can’t conceive of. And I’m not opposed to cursing whatsoever, in spite of the fact I try to keep it to a minimum here. Im actually quite fond of profanity! But Tucker uses artistic, original, creative profanity… combining curse words and everyday adjectives in ways that are astonishing. A true artist at work. I guarantee that after watching this one you can pick up some new phrases you never even thought of!
Need proof? I went to IMDb quotes for an example and it took me under five seconds to find “Fuckety-bye-bye then!” “Fuckety-bye-bye then!”
They cross the pond to Washington, where mechanisms are in motion to mobilize for war. Or at the very least, in motion to make a motion to mobilize for war. James Gandolfini is an American General who doesn’t want the war to happen, and when he finally squares off against Tucker, it’s an exchange to see.
“In the Loop” is reminiscent of a British, political, foul mouthed, Christopher Guest movie. The characters in this movie debate and discuss in a completely useless, ineffectual fashion. They spin their wheels and rely on political mumbo jumbo and catchphrases and jargon. They talk a mile a minute, yet say absolutely nothing. The movie paints government as a total farce, a circus of dancing idiots.
“In the Loop” is on Netflix watch instantly now, boys and girls, where it’s currently rocking the five star rating.