Saturday, March 6, 2010

In the Loop (2009)

Director: Armando Iannucci. Cast: Peter Capaldi, Tom Hollander, Gina McKee, James Gandolfini, Steve Coogan. 106 min. UK. Political/Comedy.

O, those English comedies. They're probably the only intelligent ones out there. This political comedy about the preliminary US/UK negotiations that lead to war on "the Middle East country", has such a rapid onslaught of back-and-forth witty dialogue (and one of the highest f-word counts in recent memory), makes you wonder how thick the script must have been. Shot in The Office style format, the idiotic squabble between political middlemen and their word games (with a nice touch by Gandolfini) is quite disconcerting, considering these people may be running our lives. Worth a shot if you're looking for smart satire.

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