Parents' Guide to

In the Loop

By Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Hilarious political satire has very strong language.

Movie NR 2009 106 minutes
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Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

Feels just a bit too real...biting British satire

An excellent example of British political satire. Very smart, funny and holy crap it hits a bit too close to home...British humor can be a Godsend sometimes. The film requires your rapt attention as everything goes flying past quickly and assertively, but the writing is thick and there is a lot to relate to here. The part that is the most difficult to watch is how much the parody feels like real life...it's just too real.

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This peek behind the curtain of power is a blisteringly funny, searing satire that hits every mark to make it a classic in its field. The story is carried by a constantly hilarious script -- a feat that doubles the impact of the serious side to the satire. Once it's over, reflecting back on what's happened is chilling. It's a political thriller disguised as a potty-mouthed farce. The ruthless, omnipotent power at the top of the chain of command is represented by Capaldi's Tucker, an iconic antihero who first appeared in director Armando Iannucci's The Thick of It.

What makes In the Loop so effective is how believable it is despite being so preposterous. Indeed, Iannucci's drawing on real-life. His 2018 feature The Death of Stalin told the story of the Soviet "Great Terror" turmoil, while In the Loop is inspired by much more recent history -- the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The icing on the cake is the movie's powerhouse performances. In a mundane convention center canteen, Tucker faces off against James Ganfolfini's Lieutenant General George Miller in a muted but charged confrontation that crackles. It's the acting centerpiece in a movie packed with actors all at the top of their game. The movie's frenetic energy whisks it along in a flurry of laughter, fear, and nervous energy, adding up to a eye-opening conclusion that hammers home a grim reality of our political systems.

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