By Anna

In the Loop was unforeseeably funny. And it’s exactly what one should get from a dry British comedy: A foul-mouthed communications manager, a self-destructing innocent newbie, and hawks and doves fighting it out in Washington. OK that last part doesn’t quite fit, but In the Loop is an anti-war film about the United States and Britain coming together via a trope of misfit career politicians bumbling about over going to war (you see the satirical irony).

Karen Clarke (Mimi Kennedy), a modern day Janette Rankin and slight monster despite her dove status, wants for anything to stop the U.S. from going to war. Her nemesis, Linton Barwick (David Rasche), doesn’t hold back, but is a bit of a bore and all-around jackass. While her ally, Lt Gen Miller (James Gandolfini) spends more time defending his once-a-soldier-always-a-soldier status than truly fighting against engaging in war. This U.S. crew hooks up with a British invasion of ridiculous proportions.

The British minister for international development, Simon Foster (Tom Hollander, Pirates of the Caribbean) can’t keep his own office wall from crumbling in on innocent neighbors, and his communications manager can’t use a sentence with a swear. The only one keeping them all together is Judy (Gina McGee), Foster’s fully engaged and severely underappreciated assistant who is only blamed for things and continually cussed at.

What the film does well, aside from comedy, is keep its dry wits about it throwing out one-liners without looking back, this film is hilarious from start to finish, even if it doesn’t end how you think it will. When the minister for international development draws on impromptu metaphors in front of the BBC and compares himself to a suicide bomber, though incorrectly, you’ll wonder why you’re rooting for him, but continue to all the same.

The film is full of f-bombs and c-words, and hilarious pop culture references: The White Stripes, Angela Lansbury, Wallace & Gromit, Simon Cowell, and a Nazi Julie Andrews if you can believe it, and worth a top spot on your Netflix queue right next to Dr. Strangelove.

As it was probably one of the best films from last year don’t continue to ignore it, especially if you’ve got an itch for a quirky Limmy satire much needed to put the career minded hawks and doves in their place.

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