In the Loop

July 22nd, 2009 at 12:45 pm by David Farrar

I recognised several dozen people from the media and political arenas at the screening of In the Loop at the Film Festival last night.

It is a hilarious film about spin, about war, about MPs and their staff and the dialogue is just superb. The PM’s head of Communications is obviously a take off of Alistair Campbell.

Political satire does not get much better. It has a 95% rating from Rotten Tomatoes.

Here are a few of the quotes:

Within your ‘purview’? Where do you think you are, some fucking regency costume drama? This is a government department, not some fucking Jane fucking Austen novel! Allow me to pop a jaunty little bonnet on your purview and ram it up your shitter with a lubricated horse cock!

That was the PM’s Comms Head (Malcolm Tucker) to a departmental comms person.

Your swearing does not impress me. My husband works for Tower Hamlets and believe me those kids make you sound like… Angela Lansbury!

Her response.

“Climbing the mountain of conflict”? You sounded like a Nazi Julie Andrews!

To the Cabinet Minister who departed from “the line”.

Oh, great. Meeting my constituents. It’s like being Simon Cowell, only without the ability to say, “Fuck off, you’re mental”.

The Minister, Simon Foster

I gotta say, I don’t understand how my parents’ limited reproductive ability reflects badly on me. I’m the sperm that made it!

Chad a staffer after he is called an only child.

Go see the film or get it on DVD.

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12 Responses to “In the Loop”

  1. IdiotSavant (88 comments) says:

    I highly recommend the series it is based on – “the thick of it” – as well. Now that’s quality swearing…

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  2. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    I love that film.

    IdiotSavant, how? Can the series be bought in NZ or does it have to be downloaded not-so-legally via the internets?

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  3. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    Just occurred to me that some West Wing fans might come back a tad disillusioned!

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  4. Paul Matthews (18 comments) says:

    Can vouch for that film – watched it this morning on the plane on the way back from London. Frigging hilarious!! Was a real gem.

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  5. Mike Readman (366 comments) says:

    The opposite of NZ. Here, you get warnings for swearing if you’re a public servant.

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  6. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    “The opposite of NZ. Here, you get warnings for swearing if you’re a public servant.”

    I’d rather be an NZ grey-cardy-wearer than face people ready and willing to use that sort of verbal nuclear weaponary on me.

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  7. adamsmith1922 (890 comments) says:

    Just to be a smart arse here is a post of mine from 30 March this year on the film http://bit.ly/D7waw Peter Capaldi is superb

    It has been broadcast here on UKTV contact them and ask for a re-run

    There are some great clips on You Tube

    It is excellent

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  8. adamsmith1922 (890 comments) says:

    On satire does not get much better, I think the TV series was better than the film

    Re my earlier post above, it has video clips which are very funnt, well I think so

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  9. OldNews (40 comments) says:

    Both Key’s Chief Press Sec and Goff’s Chief Press Sec (seated alongside Goff’s “Policy Director” – translation lead aparatchik & chief headkicker) were spotted in audience … perhaps PArliamentary Service was using Malcom Tucker as training/inspiration?

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  10. Haiku Dave (273 comments) says:

    let’s hope the punters
    don’t just get a laugh out of
    it, but also think

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  11. Julian (173 comments) says:

    In the thick of it is absolutely brilliant. The movie is excellent but I think satire like this (such as The Office, Curb Your Enthusiasm etc.) seems to work better on the small screen.

    Malcolm Tucker is so good. As is his henchman.

    Favourite line:

    Tucker (to Minister, comms person and staffer): White Stripes, fuck off!

    All three go to leave.

    Tucker (to Minister): THERE ARE TWO FUCKING PEOPLE IN THE WHITE STRIPES!

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  12. flyernzl (1 comment) says:

    One of the worst films I have been to see.
    Little more than a boring litany of unnecessary swear words with no discernible action or plot.
    We walked out after 30 minutes.

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