A couple of weeks ago, I was raving to the Alamo programming team about a movie that I had booked for August at the Alamo called IN THE LOOP. I saw the film back in February at the European Film Market while scouting for Fantastic Fest titles. I had just walked out of a Billy Zane action film that we definitely weren't going to pursue and ended up with a spare 90 minutes. I walked into the theater next door where IN THE LOOP was just starting.
We've been big, big fans of BBC television comedy for a while, but for some reason THE THICK OF IT never crossed my radar. IN THE LOOP is the theatrical continuation of THE THICK OF IT, something of a DAILY SHOW meets THE OFFICE via WEST WING. THE THICK OF IT focuses on the idiocy of UK politics, while IN THE LOOP takes the British cast of characters across the pond to meet their equally disfunctional American counterparts in Washington.
It's piss your pants funny. I loved it!
I excitedly showed the programming team the UK trailer for IN THE LOOP and my heart sank. The trailer was flat and totally missed the mark in my book. I thought maybe I was just in a slap-happy film-festival fatigue state when I first saw it... until tonight. IFC has posted their vastly superior cut of the trailer online (see above) and it restored my confidence in the film. I can't wait to check it out again. IN THE LOOP opens up at the Village on August 14. I highly recommend it!
And, in case you want to come to the August 14 already a fan, please join us August 3, 10 & 13 for special free screenings of THE THICK OF IT BBC series!