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Movie Review: In the Loop

Alternate Title: Downing Street Memo

Story: Hilarity ensues in this fast paced rollicking satire of political hacks, wacks and quacks. Directed by Armando Iannucci and written by Mr. Iannucci, Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell and Tony Roche we are introduced to a riotous array of back stabbing, duplicitous, vindictive government employees on both sides of the Atlantic.

It seems that the US and Britain are secretly planning a war. A verbal slip ('war is unforeseeable') by a low level British Minister of International Development turns both the White House and 10 Downing Street upside down. The plot seems all too familiar as the politicos feed false intelligence and rumors that escalate the rush to war. Principles are thrown out the window as loyalty quickly turns to betrayal as characters are seen to be on the up side of their careers or on the downside.

The dialogue is fast with venomous spewings of invectives that will crack you up. The film does not name the country to be attacked and the film is more about the procedures and people that lead nations into war rather than ideals.

You will laugh and you will cry because it is so real in its unfortunately sad depiction of those that bring you the world. See it.

Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-5v6ZMY4W8

Acting: Peter Capaldi as Malcolm Tucker runs away with the film even though it has a great ensemble cast. His invectives will crack you up.Tom Hollander as the woe-begone Simon Foster is nothing short of perfect. An all grown up Anna Chlumsky as Liza is terrific as is, Chris Addison as Toby, David Rasche as the evil Linton, Gina McKee as Judy, James Gandolfini as the supposed pacifist General Miller, Mimi Kennedy as Karen, Olivia Poulet as Suzy, Steve Coogan as Paul Michaelson, and Zach Woods as Chad.

Trivia: Tom Hollander went to Cambridge with his childhood friend Sam Mendes - who is now the husband of Kate Winslet - with whom Tom worked on the film Enigma. He has played two British kings: George V in The Lost Prince (TV) and George III in "John Adams". Peter Capaldi played the wicked John Frobisher in TV's Torchwood. Anna Chlumsky's great-grandfather owned a trained bear that appeared in Three Stooges movies. Desiring at one time to be a paleontologist, she once worked for the Museum of Natural History in Chicago, classifying fish.

Predilection: I like political satire.

Food: Doughnuts and take out Chinese

Sex Spectrum: Assumed sex, but no action.

Blatant Product Placement: Beck's Beer, Hewlett Packard Computer

Opening Titles: A funny introduction into the movie by way of the verbal gaff.

Theater Audience: A handful of other laughing theater goers.

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: If you drift you will miss some of the terrific dialogue.

Predictability Level: Moderate

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: Why not?

Big Screen or Rental: Big screen if you can find it. You can rent 'Wag the Dog' for another great film.

Length: 106 minutes