'In the Loop': the brightest, funniest, most foul-mouthed British political farce of the year

Earlier on Monday, Owen and I cast our votes with our colleagues in the New York Film Critics Circle for the best in 2009 movies. (Here’s what won.) And in the course of the morning meeting, In the Loop kept popping up for consideration, eventually winning the award for Best Screenplay. A spin-off of the BBC TV series The Thick Of It, about contemporary diplomatic relations between the U.K. and the U.S., In the Loop features Tom Hollander as a twitty British government minister  and the extraordinary Peter Capaldi as an apoplectic Blackadder of a government director of communications whose every spewed epithet is a thing of linguistic beauty, enhanced by a Scottish burr.

And yes, that’s James Gandolfini, above, playing the part of a wily American general with a mouth on him, too, although minus the lilting British accent.

reviewed the movie when it was (briefly) released theatrically in the U.S. last summer, calling it “a brainy British comedy” about British and American “motormouthed and hilariously imperfect power elite.” But now it’s time to offer In the Loop for your consideration again, because it’s just that good. And funny. And have I mentioned, foul-mouthed, in a terribly civilized, epithet-loving British way?

Find it on Netflix. Meanwhile, enjoy this trailer, which is kind of a mess,. Plus, it leaves out the ripest of the F-bombs. But it’s a taste.

Photo credit: Nicola Dove

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  • Clayton

    This was one of my favorite movies of the summer, and definitely one of the best screenplays of the year. Hopefully it’ll get recognized at the Oscars

  • Cunegonde

    I thought the dialogue was clever but if clipped vitriol-spewing is your cup of tea, this film is for you. I got tired after a while of its incessant need to reassert its cleverness at every turn. I thought Gina McKee was good but under-used.

  • Patrick

    I saw this at Sundance. Audience was crying with laughter. LOVED this film. It makes foul language an art form!

  • Dave

    I thought the film was very funny but I could have watched it on TV.

  • Mike

    I thought this move was completely hilarious, even if the ending was something of a downer. (Yet still somehow hilarious.) This is one more people should check out.

  • Cara K

    I loved this movie. I guess I was one of the few who saw it in a theater! It was smart, smart, smart, and very funny.

  • Dimi

    I don’t know where that trailer came from. This one is far better and is the one I saw in theaters beforehand:

  • Zental

    Yes I do plan to see “Precious” I will most likely wait for DVD.

  • Frank Anderson

    This looks great, Lisa!

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