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Directed by Armando Iannucci

United States 2009 106 mins. In English

Before his brilliant HBO series Veep took US cablewaves by storm, writer/director Armando Iannucci created the British sitcom-of-sorts The Thick of It, which shrewdly skewered the UK political machine. In the Loop—a feature-length spin-off dealing with simultaneous UK/US invasions of Iraq—features many of Thick’s main characters, including brilliant turns by Tom Hollander (Gosford Park) as a milquetoast bureaucrat and Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who) as the foul-mouthed Malcolm Tucker, a fitting Director of Communications, on opposite sides of the invasion debate. James Gandolfini plays a US general concerned about the lack of troops to successfully invade, while Steve Coogan pops up as only he can—memorably—as a disgruntled constituent. In the Loop, a huge box-office success on release and still relevant as ever, is “a sharply written, fast-talking, almost dementedly articulate satire on modern statecraft. . . line by filthy line, scene by chaotic scene, by far the funniest big-screen satire in recent memory.”—A.O. Scott, The New York Times.

Genres: Dark Comedy

Appears in: Print the Legend