Volume 3, Number 7 - December 4, 2012

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Thrown For A Loop: Peter Capaldi (left) stars across James Gandolfini (right) in the 2009 British comedy In The Loop. COURTESY OF PROTAGONIST PICTURES

British Black Comedy Parodies Parliamentary Politics

By Kristopher Stoltz

Political humor is still of high interest even after the elections. Of course, it’s always funny because it relates to everyone, but usually its complicated commentary makes most fans of the comedy genre lost in translation.

The British black comedy In The Loop fixes that without forcing itself to get dumbed down for your pleasure by focusing more on how the vast array of characters play off each other, and it comes all the way from London.
It’s interesting to see politics from another part of the world, let alone the very country from whom we revolted. The UK government isn’t something we are that familiar with (hell, I bet most of you don’t know how our electoral college works) so you will most likely get lost in regard to who is what and what is who.

Seeing the Director of Communications for the Prime Minister running across city blocks to deliver a thick folder can be easily translated to 54-year-old Peter Capaldi running across America in a suit.
While you may miss some jokes because of lack in political knowledge, you may miss the whole movie if it’s not your kind of humor. The perfect label to describe the film is a mix of The Office’s dry humor and style, but set in parliament and with some of the most vulgar dialogue put on screen. Heck, one of the actors from the show is in here, but I’ll leave that as a surprise.

It’s quiet, it’s filthy, it’s In The Loop.

In The Loop—2009—directed by Armando Iannucci—starring Tom Hollander, Peter Capaldi and James Gandolfini—106 minutes

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