Reviews Too Brief: In the Loop

by wjw on March 16, 2010

Okay, so I saw In the Loop and I’d like to spend a lot of words explaining how good it was, but I can’t because I’m leaving town and haven’t yet done my laundry.

It’s a British political satire about the spin-up to a familiar-sounding war, and it plays like a combination of Dr. Strangelove, the Office, and the output of some highly ingenious scatology-creation software. And because I don’t have any time, I’m just going to cut-and-paste some dialog from the film, and you can decide on your own whether this is your cup of tea or not.

Jamie: Well, if it isn’t Humpty Numpty.

Simon: What is this? Surround bollocking?

Jamie: Hey, with due respect, I hadn’t finished. If it isn’t Humpty Numpty sitting on top of a collapsing wall like some clueless egg cunt. Now, I’m finished.

Simon: Hi, Jamie, this is Toby.

Toby: Oh, um… Toby Rice, I’m Simon’s aide.

Jamie Hi, Toby, Toby. Very pleased to meet you. Please sit down. Now, right, that’s enough of all the fucking Oxbridge pleasantries.

Toby: What’s Oxbridge about saying hello?

Jamie: Shut it, Love Actually! Do you want me to hole punch your face?

Malcolm: Right, I’m off to deal with the fate of the planet. Be gentle with them.

Jamie: Oh, you know me, Malc. Kid gloves… but made from real kids. Right, Butch and Gaydance, this wall story is playing badly. There’s a cartoon of you in here as a walrus.

Simon: A walrus? I’m not fat, I don’t even have a moustache. Fuck, they’ve given me tusks.

Jamie: Wal-rus. You get it? Wal-rus, wal-rus.

Toby: We called some builders. They didn’t turn up when they said they would.

Jamie: What did you expect? They’re builders! Have you ever seen a film where the hero is a builder? No, no, because they never fucking turn up in the nick of time. Bat-builder? Spider-builder? Huh? That’s why you never see a superhero with a hod!

Dave Bishop March 16, 2010 at 9:36 am

I caught it on UK TV the other night. I wanted to punch virtually all of the characters. If government is really like this (and it wouldn't particularly surprise me if it was) then roll on the Revolution!

Nathan March 16, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Yes, it was pretty hilarious. I'm glad I saw it.

Anonymous March 16, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Actually I think I remember a hod-carrier superhero back in a George RR Martin book.

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