Armando Iannucci’s In the Loop is the best movie I’ve seen this year. Period. (Though, slight disclaimer, I’ve yet to see Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker). It’s funny, incisive, well directed and sharply acted. It’s rare to see a comedy that is as thought-provoking as it is laugh-inducing, but In the Loop succeeds at combining fascinating back room politics with rapid fire punch lines and farcical situations. It is, in many ways, the anti-Bruno, relying on cleverly layered pop culture references and perfect timing rather than dick jokes and exploitation (which can be good in and of themselves, but were spread a bit too thin over the course of Bruno’s runtime). In the Loop was released on July 24th here in the states and I strongly suggest you go out and see it before it disappears. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
(Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic agree with me. It’s currently RT’s Certified Fresh Pick, with a Tomatometer score of 93%, and it holds a very robust 84 at Metacritic…not that anyone listens to critics anymore, so how about this: my parents liked it!)