With one of the sharpest, funniest scripts ever, In The Loop is an extremely satisfying watch. Pretty much every sentence uttered is a one-liner classic, and watching the absurdity of Anglo/American government relations unfolding against a backdrop of war chatter is about as far away from C-Span as you could imagine. One of my favorite bits of dialogue:
Simon Foster: I don’t want to have to read you the riot act here. But I am going to have to read you some extracts from the riot act. Like “Section 1, Paragraph 1: Don’t leave your boss twisting in the wind, then burst in late, smelling like a pissed, seaside donkey.”Toby: Ok, ok, Simon, I was late for the meeting. I am sorry. But it’s not like I threw up in there, is it?Simon Foster: No, no, you’re right. I’m being unfair. I should be thanking you for not throwing up. Well done! You’re a star! And you didn’t wet yourself, did you? You’re in the right city. You didn’t say anything overtly racist. You didn’t pull your dick out, start plucking it and shouting, “Willy Banjo!”. No, I’m being really unfair. You’d got so much right … without actually being there for the beginning of one of the most important moments in my career. Thanks! You’re a legend!