Yes Minister meets Jackass.


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In the Loop is a quite extraordinary political romp.  I say romp because the film does 0 -60 in three seconds and then stays in top gear to the end, smashing through red lights, taboo barriers, and political incorrectness like a deranged Starsky and Hutch.

It’s a political satire, sure, and so in that respect it should be compared to West Wing or Yes Minister, but both of these are so relatively genteel that they occupy very different spaces.

The central character, The Minister for Development played beautifully by Tom Hollander, bumbles his way deeper and deeper into an international crisis that is a nod and a wink to Bush and Blair’s hapless invasion of Iraq.  The star of the movie though, is Peter Capaldi, unquestionably lampooning Alistair Campbell with a ferociousness that makes your eyes bleed.  At one point he threatens to sever hapless Toby Wright’s leg off at the knee, break his shin bone in two and stab him to death with it.

You get the drift?

Capaldi puts in a career best performance as a complete and utter bastard.  Power mad and every second he is on screen is gold dust.

Armando Iannucci’s script is packed full of foul one-liners that serve up belly laugh after belly laugh.  It actually makes In Bruges look restrained.

9 out of 10.

This clip pretty much sums the movie up.  But beware, it is wholly intended to offend and features that C word that many of you find most unappealing.

Or try this.  It’s misogynistic, foul mouthed in the extreme, rude, violent, sexist and with a reference to bestiality thrown in.

Apart from that it’s perfectly innocent.

2 thoughts on “Yes Minister meets Jackass.

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  2. Malcolm Tucker should be polished up and put in the British Comedy trophy cabinet along with Norman Stanley Fletcher, Basil Fawlty, Alan Partridge and David Brent. The laughs are painful coz you cannae stop.

    The writing is great – my fave from the series has to be:

    Tucker (In pure Scottish accent): “We cannae put you on fuckin Paxman!”

    “Oh don’t worry, he’s more like Russell Harty now.”

    Tucker’s stooge (In pure Scottish accent): “Fuck off. He’ll chew you up, spit you oot and grout his fuckin wet room wi ye!”

    Gold….

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