Present day London. Socially inept, exceptionally dull Minister Of International Development, Simon Foster, has caused outrage amongst his superiors and sparked a media-frenzy by accidentally mentioning a possible attack on the Middle East. Rabid, ruthless, profane and relentless Director Of Communications, Malcolm Tucker, has been sent in to pull the right strings, immediately dispatching Foster on a "fact finding" trip to Washington. Increasingly out of his depth, Simon Foster suddenly finds himself thrown into an anarchic world of abusive peaceniks, unhinged warmongers, infantile bureaucrats of Northampton to Washington’s West Wing, rest assured it can only get worse.
Ruined by obcenities
- In the Loop review by Family man
(3) of (7) members found this review helpful.
You rated this film: 1
The opening barrage of endless obcenities really set the tone for this film, which could have been so much better. I stuck with it but, when the 'c' word was added to the mix, I lost all hope. Beware, if like me, you think that gratuitous foul language has no place in a family home, avoid this film. How the 'mighty' BBC have fallen and to think that they banned pirate radio!
Funny - but not as funny as it thinks it is
- In the Loop review by Tim from London
(1) of (1) members found this review helpful.
You rated this film: 3
A great script and some wonderful lines. It is cetainly worth watching for the Alastair Campbell character alone. The big weakness is that unfortunately he is overused and consequently the other characters feel underdeveloped and one dimentional. The jokes fly think and fast - sometimes they hit but occasionally they miss (the line about driving a person to assisted euthanasia for instance was poorly judged in light of the Dr David Kelly affair).
Can't believe I rented this: a loud sweaty bloke is wearing to say the least and he seemed to be the central theme to the film. Difficult to make head nor tail or characters I didn't really care about and if there was a storyline I didn't notice it....
Politics Can Be Fun
- In the Loop review by Jawbreaker
(1) of (6) members found this review helpful.
You rated this film: 5
One of the best comedies I've seen in several years, never mind from the political spectrum. It seems the UK government is held in shape by the spin doctor team - nothing can be said without their approval. So when one lowly minister offers the US administration the opportunity to validate their war plans, all hell breaks loose. Tom Hollander is sensational as the surely psychotic spin chief who seems to run a department of demented Scotsmen. His sidekick is perhaps even more demented! Outstanding piece of entertainment with so many great one liners.