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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    A scabrously funny look at the cutthroat game of statecraft. 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

  • 70
    Wall Street Journal

    It’s the hilarious tumble of words--the sly cultural references, astonishingly creative invective, the veritable arias of profanity--that gives the film an unexpected heft. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com


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