• In the Loop (2009)

In the Loop

Release Date: July 24th, 2009

DVD Release Date: November 10th, 2009

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 46 min

Plot Summary

During an interview, British Cabinet Minister Simon Foster (Tom Hollander) delivers an off-the-cuff remark that war in the Middle East is "unforeseeable." Profane political spin doctor Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi) tries to cover up Foster's faux pas, but the ill-conceived comment is picked up by a warmongering American official. Foster is invited to Washington, D.C., where a war of words brews as politicians maneuver, manipulate and deceive each other before a U.N. vote on military action.

Cast: Peter Capaldi, Tom Hollander, Gina McKee, James Gandolfini, Chris Addison, Anna Chlumsky, Paul Higgins, Mimi Kennedy

Director: Armando Iannucci

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: BBC

Keywords: Madcap, London, Rise, Fall, Spirited, 2000s, Rivalry, Hilarious

Ratings & Reviews

  • 90
    Bob MondelloNPR

    The performances are explosively funny, from Hollander's increasingly bewildered and way-out-of-his-depth Simon to Chris Addison's hapless PR fledgling. But the star is Peter Capaldi. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle

    The language is brilliant, and the laugh lines come so quickly that you'd probably have to watch the movie twice to get them all. show more

  • 80
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    Painfully funny satire of British and American bureaucrats in the days leading up to the Iraq War. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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Nominated Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Nominated Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2010)
Nominated Outstanding British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2010)