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2009 [[TheMovie film spin-off]] of ArmandoIannucci's political sitcom, ''Series/TheThickOfIt''.

The film is set in a ''slightly'' different universe from the series, this time with the action unfolding across the United Kingdom and United States. It features most of the original cast, with most of them playing new (but strangely familiar) roles.

Tom Hollander joins the cast as Simon Foster, the hapless Minister for International Development. Peter Capaldi returns as Malcolm Tucker, the Prime Minister's Director of Communications, who is called upon to stop Foster fucking things up. Foster is also joined by his junior aide Toby Wright, played by Chris Addison.

When Foster makes two contradictory statements regarding a possible war in an unspecified Middle Eastern country, he finds himself summoned to a fact-finding mission in Washington, where he is used to push arguments both for and against the war. As the Brits comes face to face with their infinitely more powerful US counterparts, including the hawkish Linton Barwick (David Rasche) and the dovish General Miller (James Gandolfini), they realise they are totally out of their depth.

As the movie is a spin-off set in the same universe as the series, the two share many tropes. Tropes that originated in the TV series may be better placed on the page for ''TheThickOfIt''.

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'''This movie contains examples of:'''
* AdaptationalVillainy:
** Toby is noticeably more self-righteous, smug, and cowardly than Olly Reeder. He also treats his girlfriend like crap, something which cannot be said for Olly.
** Similarly, Malcolm of InTheLoop seemingly has absolutely no moral principles beyond his own job. Notably, unlike his TV counterpart, he never shows any empathy or sympathy for anyone.
** Jamie [=MacDonald=], on the other hand, is the same raging d-bag he has always been.
* {{Angrish}}: Malcolm's gift for baroque swearing briefly deserts him in the Meditation Room.
* AntiquatedLinguistics: This is how Malcolm sees the use of the word "purview" by Simon's aide, Judy Malloy:
--> "Within your ''purview''? Where do you think you are, in some fucking regency costume drama? This is a government department, not a fucking Jane fucking Austen novel! Allow me to pop a jaunty little bonnet on your purview and ram it up the shitter with a lubricated horse cock!"
* ArmchairMilitary: General Miller currently, though he admits to having killed people 15 years ago so it presumably didn't always apply.
--> '''Malcolm Tucker''': [[ActuallyPrettyFunny Falling asleep on someone doesn't count.]]
** Arguably he deconstructs this later on:
--> '''Miller''': What, do I have to bring a bullet-rdden body to the Pentagon every ten years to renew my soldier's licence?
* ArmiesAreEvil: Surprisingly averted. Of the Secretary of State (Arch-Diplomat) and the Four Star General (Arch-Soldier), the general is the one urging restraint.
* AxCrazy: Jamie. In one famous scene he's even [[IncrediblyLamePun fax]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lNDXc7a8p4 crazy]].
* BadNewsInAGoodWay: [[spoiler: After Michael admits to leaking PWIP-PIP, Jamie later barges into his office to cheerfully inform him that he isn't fired, asking if that isn't a good thing. Michael notes that it ''sounds'' omnious. He's right too.]]
* BastardUnderstudy: Jamie. "My theory is Malcolm built him in a lab, from bits of old psychopaths."
* BlondeRepublicanSexKitten: Liza Weld. Not that her party are the Republicans, of course.
* BrainsAndBrawn: Malcolm plays XanatosSpeedChess at the UN as Jamie smashes up fax machines in London.
* BriarPatching: "Please, this garden wall story... please, don't run with that because my reputation will be in tatters..." ...and Simon Foster is gone.
* BrickJoke: A subtle one. Judy guesses Toby's name as being Daniel or a variation, because new people apparently often had that name. Come the end of the film, [[spoiler:Toby's replacement turns out to be called "Danny Dan".]]
* BritainVersusTheUK: Not so much subverted as set straight by the Scottish Malcolm: "Don't ever call me fucking ''English'' again."
** spoiler: After Malcolm stalks off, General Miller looks completely nonplussed.
* ChewingTheScenery:
** While he's certainly no LargeHam, Peter Capaldi acts so hard his temple veins start throbbing:
--->''"You know what you look like? A squeezed dick. You've got [[LampshadeHanging that little blue vein]] running up the side of your head..."''
** General Miller
* CloudCuckooLander: Linton Barwick is an extremely unsettling version. His casual disregard for reality (changing minutes and wholesale rewriting of intelligence reports) mirrors Malcolm's attitude toward spin and damage control, but ''without any of the irony''. As Karen Clarke puts it, the voices in his head are "singing barbershop together". And apart from his {{Ice Cream Koan}}s, there are his odd almost-but-not-quite {{non sequitur}}s.
--> '''Linton:''' Glass offices, in my opinion, are for ''perverts''.\\
'''Bob:''' I could request the glass be frosted.\\
'''Linton:''' ''Frosting is on cakes.''
* ClusterFBomb: "Hey buddy, [[LampshadeHanging enough of the curse words]], alright?" No, it's not alright: practically every line uttered by Malcolm or Jamie is a ClusterFBomb. Malcolm's response to the gentleman who confronts him about this is no exception: [[spoiler: "Kiss my sweaty balls, you fat fuck!"]]
* ComedicSociopathy: With his big baldy head, Sir Jonathan Tutt is a magnet for it.
* CompensatingForSomething: Toby makes some sniggering comments of this nature about the Washington Monument. Malcolm bluntly shuts him up by caustically remarking that the only way Toby is ever likely to get anything remotely similar to commemorate his life is if "you buy a fucking Toblerone."
* ComplimentBackfire: "What am I? Tit meat?"
* ControlFreak: Linton, to the extent that he objects to ''IHeartHuckabees'' being listed as an appropriate [=DVD=] for the American military roster. Purely because he thinks it's self-indulgent rubbish.
** "We've got to get hold of those minutes, I have to correct the record."
* CountryMatters
* CringeComedy: "It's difficult... difficult... [[spoiler:lemon difficult]]."
** Also Toby's [[spoiler:anti-war shag]].
** Toby and Simon don't know in which room the meeting is being held, leading to a misunderstanding outside the [[spoiler:ladies bathroom]].
* CurseCutShort: "A certain vinegar-faced manipulative cowbag is about to discover that she is out of a fu-"
* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wa3eoMnMC80 "DO YOU WANT ME TO HOLEPUNCH YOUR FACE?"]]
** "If you don't get me fuckin' Brian, I'm gonna come over there, I'm gonna lock you in a fuckin' floation tank and fill it full of sewage until ya fuckin' drown!"
** "I'm gonna fuckin' take your leg off, and I'll... fuckin'... the shin bone! I'm gonna take the shin bone, I'm gonna break it in two and I'm going to fucking stab you to fucking death with it..."
* DeadpanSnarker: Pretty much everyone (except Jamie and Malcolm, who prefer to shout instead), but particularly Karen and Gen. Miller.
-->'''Gen. Miller:''' [''discussing the amount of troops available for an invasion into Unspecifiedistan''] Twelve thousand troops. But that's not enough. That's the amount that are going to die. And at the end of a war you need some soldiers left, really. Or it looks like you've lost.
* {{Determinator}}: Malcom. He may be a sonofabitch, but he's devoted to his job to the point of near-insanity.
-->"I hope you're working as hard as I am. I'm sweating spinal fluid."
* DirtyCoward: So very many, from Toby giving PWIP PIP to his ex-girlfriend so he doesn't have to leak it himself, to Michael Rodgers following Jamie's orders so he can save his political career. The Doves all know how they can stop the war, but would rather go along with it and save their careers.
** "I'm on the verge of taking a stand."
** Notably highlighted in a scene where Toby, Simon and Judy are on their way to the UN, and Simon is hesitantly floating the notion that maybe it would be much braver to change his publicly expressed views and come down in support the war. Both Simon and Toby pointedly ignore [[OnlySaneMan Judy]] when she bluntly points out that no, it wouldn't be.
*** Simon Foster's actions here are a [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed thinly-veiled reference]] to [[http://www.timeout.com/film/features/show-feature/7258/armando-iannucci-on-in-the-loop.html Clare Short MP]].
** General Miller may have physical courage, but his decision [[spoiler: not to resign]] (''after'' [[spoiler: Karen has already done so]]) shows a total lack of moral backbone.
* DownerEnding
* {{Eagleland}}: Being an incredibly [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism cynical]] film the US is portrayed as being closer to Flavour 2, complete with power-crazed warmongers and an overweight American tourist... but being a rather [[SelfDeprecation self-loathing]] film, the Brits are portrayed as being no better. While the Americans might be ridiculous or even moronic, the British still have to kowtow pathetically to them. Even if they did "burn this city to the ground in 1814."
** Arguably, the tourist's only "crime" was to tell Malcolm to stop swearing, an eminently reasonable demand. Some have suggested that he and Judy (who knows what Simon ''should'' do, and urges him ''to'' do it), who can't speak out because of the Civil Service Code of Conduct, are the only unambiguously good characters in the film, representing as they do the best of the American and British publics.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: "How'd your team do at the weekend?" "Alright, we won!" "Yeah? Hehehehe... ''wanker''."
* EstablishingShot: The film opens with a shot of Malcolm sweeping into [[{{Whitehall}} Number 10]] in his BadassLongcoat. It continues in this vein as the action moves between {{Whitehall}}, TheWhiteHouse, the UN building and Simon's constituency in Northamptonshire.
** It includes what ArmandoIannucci refers to as "the LoveActually scene" in which Malcolm (walking past the Capitol in Washington) is seen on the phone to Judy (jogging past the Houses of Parliament in London).
** This trope is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Toby and Simon when they note that their hotel suite ''just about'' has a view of the Capitol.
** It is also [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Toby after they all fly back to the UK: "From [[TheWhiteHouse White House]] to Shite House".
* EvilVersusEvil: Tucker vs. Barwick.
* {{Expy}}: Several of the cast for their equivalents in TheThickOfIt:
** Toby is Olly Reeder
** Roz is Terri Coverley
** Michael is Glen Cullen
** Sir Jonathan Tutt is Julius, Lord Nicholson of Arnage
* EyeTake: There is a positvely ''epic'' one in the Meditation Room scene.
* {{Farce}}
* FishOutOfWater: All of the British characters in the US, but Simon Foster flaps about the most helplessly.
* FunWithAcronyms: PWIP PIP
* GilliganCut: Malcolm asks Sir Jonathan Tutt to reschedule the UN vote. "It cannot be done and it will not be done", but it is. ''Twice''.
* GirlyRun: "Where's the War Committee?" Malcolm gets lost in Washington... and again at the UN.
** Toby bursting in late smelling like a pissed seaside donkey.
* HairTriggerTemper: Jamie seems permanently pissed off and ready to explode into violent rage at the drop of a pin.
--> '''Jamie''': Right, that's enough of the fucking Oxbridge pleasantries...\\
'''Toby''': ''[Puzzled]'' What's 'Oxbridge' about saying 'hello'?\\
'''Jamie''': '''''Shut it, ''LoveActually''! DO YOU WANT ME TO HOLEPUNCH YOUR FACE?!'''''
** Paul Michaelson also has a HairTriggerTemper, primed to take offense at ''anything anyone'' says.
* HauledBeforeASenateSubCommittee: Inverted: everyone's ''dying'' to be part of the so-called 'Future Planning Committee', better known as the War Committee.
* HeroicBSOD: Although not strictly a hero, as his career rapidly takes a dive-plunge straight down the crapper Simon Foster ends up in the U.N Mediation Room frantically eating mints, [[ThousandYardStare staring blankly into space]] and remarking that his internal thoughts seem to be an endless loop of him shouting "Oh, shit!" at himself in a distant voice "like a car alarm in the middle of the night".
* HomageShot: "Don't raise your voice. This is a sacred place." Linton reminds Malcolm that you can't fight in here, this is the Meditation Room.
** The US [[http://www.ifcfilms.com/videos/in-the-loop-trailer trailer]] and [[http://media.ifcfilms.com/images/films/film-media-movie-poster-large/in-the-loop-poster_280x415.jpg poster]] also reference DrStrangelove, as did many critics making favourable comparisons.
* HypocriticalHumor: At one point, Simon assures Malcolm that he didn't become a minister by screwing up every public appearance he makes; however, in pretty much every public or official appearance that we see him make he's inarticulate, incompetent and only manages to bollocks things up for himself and everyone.
** Paul Michaelson: "Am I calm? I'm fucking ZEN!"
* IAmSpartacus: Referenced in the infamous fax machine scene.
* ICallHimMisterHappy: "Little Toby is staying very much in his hammock this evening..."
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: Malcolm really doesn't like anything English.
-->Miller: "You're his little English bitch and you don't even know it. I bet if I went into your hotel room tonight I'd see on all four, little fishnets on, him hanging onto the back of you. [...] You may be a scary little poodlefucker back there in London, but here you're nothing. You know what you look like? A squeezed dick. You got a little blue vein running up the side of your head. That's where I'd put the bullet. But I'd have to stand back cause you look like you'd be a squirter."
-->Malcolm: "[..] Don't ever call me fucking English again."
* IceCreamKoan: "In the Kingdom of Truth, the man with one fact is king." Linton likes to deliver these, which is probably why his [[ProfessionalButtKisser butt kisser]] Chad is fond of them too. Chad's tend to be much, much worse, though:
-->'''Toby Wright:''' You speak entirely in parables, don't you? You're like a crap Jesus.\\
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'''Malcolm Tucker:''' "All roads lead to Munich?" What the fuck does that mean?
* {{Improv}}
* ImStandingRightHere: "I'm here, I'm there, I'm fuckin' ''everywhere''. I'm [[Music/TheBeatles the Eggman]]!"
* IncrediblyLamePun: "You hanging, Chad?" More of an Incredibly Inevitable Pun.
* InstantWakingSkills: Toby, the anti-war morning after.
* InvisiblePresident: Both the US President ''and'' the UK Prime Minister are invisible.
* KavorkaMan: Toby Wright somehow manages to sleep with Michael's aide Suzy and with Liza Weld despite being one of the film's least likeable characters, and despite looking like a gangly pasty-faced 12-year-old.
** Of course this just refers to the ''character'', and certainly not [[http://www.citylife.co.uk/img/10975/13477_chris_addison_homecoming_king.jpg the actor who plays him]].
* LastSecondWordSwap: Subverted to make Malcolm's final words to Linton ''more'' offensive.
* LeanAndMean: Malcolm, as a result of stress, [[GirlyRun running everywhere]], and [[ForgetsToEat existing on a diet of coffee]].
* LeaveHimToMe: Malcolm directs Simon Foster to steer clear of Linton Barwick. "I'll deal with him."
* LifeImitatesArt: The [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8105227.stm [=MPs=] expenses scandal]] revealed two beautiful examples:
** Simon Foster avoids watching a hotel's porn channel for fear that it will "show up in the register of interests". [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7970731.stm Home Secretary Jacqui Smith's husband wasn't quite so careful]].
** [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/blog/2009/may/08/mandelson-expenses-in-the-loop Lord Mandelson's claims]] for gardening expenses revealed he had been through a "diplomatic crisis" with a neighbour over neglect of his garden. His predicament was eerily similar to Simon Foster's as he struggled with Paul Michaelson (Steve Coogan) and his collapsing garden wall.
* MadeFromRealGirlScouts: Jamie assures Malcolm that he will be gentle with Simon and Toby: "Oh, you know me, Malc. Kid gloves... but made from real kids."
* MarriedToTheJob: Chad and all the young Whitehouse staffers. And Malcolm for that matter.
* MenAreUncultured: Jamie: "What's the name of the fuck with the fiddle?" Michael Rodgers knows that it ''happens to be'' Debussy.
** Jamie's [[http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=24542 meditation on cinema]]: "I went to see ''Film/ThereWillBeBlood'' ... there wasn't any fucking blood!"
*** And his views on opera: "It's ''just vowels! '''Subsidised foreign vowels'''!''"
* MistakenNationality: Malcolm has no problem with swearing but takes offence at being called ''the E-word''.
* {{Newspeak}}: It's not the 'War' Committee; it's the 'Future Planning Committee'.
* TheNicknamer: Toby's name is not Foetus Boy, [[HarryPotter Ron Weasely]], Twatboy Slim or The Baby From {{Eraserhead}}, but Malcolm doesn't seem to care. He extends this selective amnesia to practically everyone he encounters, including Baldemort, General Flintstone and J Edgar fuckin' Hoover.
--> "Rob, Innes, Little Bo Cock Jockey and The Leaky fuckin' Minge Box, go back to your desks and prepare briefing."
** Toby also receives a "Go fuck yourself, Frodo" from General Miller.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed
** To expand on this a little, Malcolm Tucker is pretty widely seen as being a caricature of Alistair Campbell, TonyBlair's former press director. And it's pretty easy to see Linton Barwick as a Doug Feith or Paul Wolfowitz. Also, the whole film is a pretty thinly-veiled portrayal of the buildup to Iraq.
* NoPartyGiven: As with the British government in the TV show, we never directly learn the political party of the governing U.S Administration. But, given the nature of the events depicted, we can take a pretty good guess.
* NobodyPoops: The writers ''really'' like subverting this trope.
* OhCrap: Happens whenever a particularly bad piece of news is received (ie. ''very'' frequently).
** A slightly different one happens when Malcolm and General Miller finally have the face-to-face confrontation they've been building up to. Miller says [[BadassBoast "I'll punch you in the face so hard you'll be shitting teeth"]], which Malcolm is completely unperturbed by because he makes CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon threats all the time, and it would be extremely damaging to Miller's career. However, one staring match later, Malcolm realises that Miller actually would do it, regardless of the political damage. His attempt at brushing it off and ending the conversation is handled fairly well, but he is clearly backing down. This makes [[{{Badass}} Miller]] possibly the only character in either the film or the [[TheThickOfIt TV series]] to [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome make Malcolm run away from an argument.]]
*** The exchange also symbolizes how out of his depth Malcolm is. Sure, Malcolm's anger is a terrible thing to behold, sure, it burns with the heat of a billion supernovas full of pure hate. But General Miller has actually ''killed people in battle'', which makes Malcolm look far less scary. Malcolm actually realizes that sheer intimidation won't work on this man.
* OlderThanTheyLook: The actors playing the young [[TheWhiteHouse White House]] staffers ("Your master race of highly-gifted toddlers") are all Older Than They Look. As is Chris Addison.
* [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Woman]]: Judy appears to be one of the only people in the movie with her head screwed on fully. Needless to say, everyone pretty much ignores or abuses her and Toby spends most of the movie actively plotting against her. [[spoiler: She ends up having the last laugh over him as the whole thing ends up completely destroying his career while she emerges unscathed.]]
* PlayingAgainstType: James Gandolfini as Pentagon Dove General Miller
* ProfessionalButtKisser: Chad. His desperate methods to get closer to Linton Barwick include carrying a squash racquet in the hope that Linton will see it and fancy a game. Unfortunately he forgets to take the price tags off first. Even more unfortunately, Linton clearly doesn't notice that Chad even exists in the first place. [[spoiler: Ironically, for all his sucking up and SmugSnake behaviour, he ends up being shafted and left with the losing side, whereas Liza -- who he has spent the entire movie trying to smugly lord it over -- ends up getting the position with Linton he's coveted.]]
** "He's wearing his push-up bra today!"
* SeparatedByACommonLanguage: The film gets in a reminder that [[TakeThat no-one swears like the British]]:
--> '''Karen Clarke''': "You just sat there like a... what do you call it in [[BritainVersusTheUK England]]? A ''wanker''!"
--> '''Simon Foster''': "No, we don't call it that."
* ShownTheirWork: ArmandoIannucci ensured he could create a realistic portrayal of the US State Department [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/5295148/Comedian-sneaks-into-US-State-department.html by illegally infiltrating it]]. By using a fake BBC pass he was able to get past security and spend an hour inside taking photographs: "Part of me thought it was fun, another part thought it was probably international espionage."
** James Gandolfini visited the Pentagon (legally) while researching for the part of General Miller. He went as far as getting a haircut from the Pentagon barber and having some scary conversations with generals. His recollection of one who couldn't actually remember if he'd killed anyone later inspired one of Malcolm's "Have you ever even actually killed anyone?" in the film.
* SmugSnake: Chad. He likes to brag about his plans to become a senior aide to Linton, but his role as Linton's chief kiss-ass just antagonises pretty much everyone... except Linton, who barely registers his existence, and can't even [[MyNameIsNotDurwood remember his name]].
* ThisTropeIsBleep: Linton, who hates cursing to the extent of calling Malcolm a "useless piece of ''S-star-star-T''". Malcolm's later response is fantastic:
-->'''Malcolm''': Y'know, I've come across a lot of psychos, but none as fucking boring as you. You are a real boring fuck. Sorry, sorry, I know you disapprove of swearing so I'll sort that out. [[spoiler: You are a boring F-star-star-CUNT!]]
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQrqMkCuHqA The UK trailer]] is pretty much the whole film condensed into two minutes. Lucky non-UK audiences got the delightful ''DrStrangelove''-inspired trailer instead.
* TruthInTelevision: The "master race of highly gifted toddlers" bit, according to Iannuci. US Senators and Congressman recruit bright young things from IvyLeague universities...and take them with them when they become Secretaries or even President. Be very afraid.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Most of the cast but Toby arguably comes across as the most dislikable, being the particularly obnoxious combination of selfish, weak ''and'' self righteous.
* UnusualEuphemism:
--> '''Liza:''' How far would you go with Linton, you freaky little stalker? Downtown? Or all the way up Brokeback Mountain?
* VillainProtagonist: Malcolm. In the series he's more of an AntiHero.
* VillainousBSOD: In the Meditation Room Malcolm finds himself lost for words, unable to think of a decent threat for Olly, before Olly leaves him staring into space.
* ViolentGlaswegian: Malcolm and Jamie ride again: "The fax machine was there and it's easier to kick."
** Although Malcolm's more violent in 'will shout very loudly and very offensively at you' sense, whereas Jamie is more likely to get physical.
* WalkAndTalk: "...and he is ''gone''!"
** "I'm really quite badly scalded now!"
* WarIsHell: "This is the problem with civilians wanting to go to war. Once you've been there you never want to go again unless you absolutely have to.... [[TakeThat It's like France.]]"
* {{Whitehall}}
* TheWhiteHouse
* YouBastard: Malcolm is [[MagnificentBastard such a charming and charismatic character]] that audiences find themselves cheering him on as he tries to show Linton Barwick that he isn't a worthless piece of ess-star-star-tee... even though achieving this would also involve starting an illegal war.
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2009 [[TheMovie film spin-off]] of ArmandoIannucci's political sitcom, ''Series/TheThickOfIt''.

The film is set in a ''slightly'' different universe from the series, this time with the action unfolding across the United Kingdom and United States. It features most of the original cast, with most of them playing new (but strangely familiar) roles.

Tom Hollander joins the cast as Simon Foster, the hapless Minister for International Development. Peter Capaldi returns as Malcolm Tucker, the Prime Minister's Director of Communications, who is called upon to stop Foster fucking things up. Foster is also joined by his junior aide Toby Wright, played by Chris Addison.

When Foster makes two contradictory statements regarding a possible war in an unspecified Middle Eastern country, he finds himself summoned to a fact-finding mission in Washington, where he is used to push arguments both for and against the war. As the Brits comes face to face with their infinitely more powerful US counterparts, including the hawkish Linton Barwick (David Rasche) and the dovish General Miller (James Gandolfini), they realise they are totally out of their depth.

As the movie is a spin-off set in the same universe as the series, the two share many tropes. Tropes that originated in the TV series may be better placed on the page for ''TheThickOfIt''.

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'''This movie contains examples of:'''
* AdaptationalVillainy:
** Toby is noticeably more self-righteous, smug, and cowardly than Olly Reeder. He also treats his girlfriend like crap, something which cannot be said for Olly.
** Similarly, Malcolm of InTheLoop seemingly has absolutely no moral principles beyond his own job. Notably, unlike his TV counterpart, he never shows any empathy or sympathy for anyone.
** Jamie [=MacDonald=], on the other hand, is the same raging d-bag he has always been.
* {{Angrish}}: Malcolm's gift for baroque swearing briefly deserts him in the Meditation Room.
* AntiquatedLinguistics: This is how Malcolm sees the use of the word "purview" by Simon's aide, Judy Malloy:
--> "Within your ''purview''? Where do you think you are, in some fucking regency costume drama? This is a government department, not a fucking Jane fucking Austen novel! Allow me to pop a jaunty little bonnet on your purview and ram it up the shitter with a lubricated horse cock!"
* ArmchairMilitary: General Miller currently, though he admits to having killed people 15 years ago so it presumably didn't always apply.
--> '''Malcolm Tucker''': [[ActuallyPrettyFunny Falling asleep on someone doesn't count.]]
** Arguably he deconstructs this later on:
--> '''Miller''': What, do I have to bring a bullet-rdden body to the Pentagon every ten years to renew my soldier's licence?
* ArmiesAreEvil: Surprisingly averted. Of the Secretary of State (Arch-Diplomat) and the Four Star General (Arch-Soldier), the general is the one urging restraint.
* AxCrazy: Jamie. In one famous scene he's even [[IncrediblyLamePun fax]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lNDXc7a8p4 crazy]].
* BadNewsInAGoodWay: [[spoiler: After Michael admits to leaking PWIP-PIP, Jamie later barges into his office to cheerfully inform him that he isn't fired, asking if that isn't a good thing. Michael notes that it ''sounds'' omnious. He's right too.]]
* BastardUnderstudy: Jamie. "My theory is Malcolm built him in a lab, from bits of old psychopaths."
* BlondeRepublicanSexKitten: Liza Weld. Not that her party are the Republicans, of course.
* BrainsAndBrawn: Malcolm plays XanatosSpeedChess at the UN as Jamie smashes up fax machines in London.
* BriarPatching: "Please, this garden wall story... please, don't run with that because my reputation will be in tatters..." ...and Simon Foster is gone.
* BrickJoke: A subtle one. Judy guesses Toby's name as being Daniel or a variation, because new people apparently often had that name. Come the end of the film, [[spoiler:Toby's replacement turns out to be called "Danny Dan".]]
* BritainVersusTheUK: Not so much subverted as set straight by the Scottish Malcolm: "Don't ever call me fucking ''English'' again."
** spoiler: After Malcolm stalks off, General Miller looks completely nonplussed.
* ChewingTheScenery:
** While he's certainly no LargeHam, Peter Capaldi acts so hard his temple veins start throbbing:
--->''"You know what you look like? A squeezed dick. You've got [[LampshadeHanging that little blue vein]] running up the side of your head..."''
** General Miller
* CloudCuckooLander: Linton Barwick is an extremely unsettling version. His casual disregard for reality (changing minutes and wholesale rewriting of intelligence reports) mirrors Malcolm's attitude toward spin and damage control, but ''without any of the irony''. As Karen Clarke puts it, the voices in his head are "singing barbershop together". And apart from his {{Ice Cream Koan}}s, there are his odd almost-but-not-quite {{non sequitur}}s.
--> '''Linton:''' Glass offices, in my opinion, are for ''perverts''.\\
'''Bob:''' I could request the glass be frosted.\\
'''Linton:''' ''Frosting is on cakes.''
* ClusterFBomb: "Hey buddy, [[LampshadeHanging enough of the curse words]], alright?" No, it's not alright: practically every line uttered by Malcolm or Jamie is a ClusterFBomb. Malcolm's response to the gentleman who confronts him about this is no exception: [[spoiler: "Kiss my sweaty balls, you fat fuck!"]]
* ComedicSociopathy: With his big baldy head, Sir Jonathan Tutt is a magnet for it.
* CompensatingForSomething: Toby makes some sniggering comments of this nature about the Washington Monument. Malcolm bluntly shuts him up by caustically remarking that the only way Toby is ever likely to get anything remotely similar to commemorate his life is if "you buy a fucking Toblerone."
* ComplimentBackfire: "What am I? Tit meat?"
* ControlFreak: Linton, to the extent that he objects to ''IHeartHuckabees'' being listed as an appropriate [=DVD=] for the American military roster. Purely because he thinks it's self-indulgent rubbish.
** "We've got to get hold of those minutes, I have to correct the record."
* CountryMatters
* CringeComedy: "It's difficult... difficult... [[spoiler:lemon difficult]]."
** Also Toby's [[spoiler:anti-war shag]].
** Toby and Simon don't know in which room the meeting is being held, leading to a misunderstanding outside the [[spoiler:ladies bathroom]].
* CurseCutShort: "A certain vinegar-faced manipulative cowbag is about to discover that she is out of a fu-"
* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wa3eoMnMC80 "DO YOU WANT ME TO HOLEPUNCH YOUR FACE?"]]
** "If you don't get me fuckin' Brian, I'm gonna come over there, I'm gonna lock you in a fuckin' floation tank and fill it full of sewage until ya fuckin' drown!"
** "I'm gonna fuckin' take your leg off, and I'll... fuckin'... the shin bone! I'm gonna take the shin bone, I'm gonna break it in two and I'm going to fucking stab you to fucking death with it..."
* DeadpanSnarker: Pretty much everyone (except Jamie and Malcolm, who prefer to shout instead), but particularly Karen and Gen. Miller.
-->'''Gen. Miller:''' [''discussing the amount of troops available for an invasion into Unspecifiedistan''] Twelve thousand troops. But that's not enough. That's the amount that are going to die. And at the end of a war you need some soldiers left, really. Or it looks like you've lost.
* {{Determinator}}: Malcom. He may be a sonofabitch, but he's devoted to his job to the point of near-insanity.
-->"I hope you're working as hard as I am. I'm sweating spinal fluid."
* DirtyCoward: So very many, from Toby giving PWIP PIP to his ex-girlfriend so he doesn't have to leak it himself, to Michael Rodgers following Jamie's orders so he can save his political career. The Doves all know how they can stop the war, but would rather go along with it and save their careers.
** "I'm on the verge of taking a stand."
** Notably highlighted in a scene where Toby, Simon and Judy are on their way to the UN, and Simon is hesitantly floating the notion that maybe it would be much braver to change his publicly expressed views and come down in support the war. Both Simon and Toby pointedly ignore [[OnlySaneMan Judy]] when she bluntly points out that no, it wouldn't be.
*** Simon Foster's actions here are a [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed thinly-veiled reference]] to [[http://www.timeout.com/film/features/show-feature/7258/armando-iannucci-on-in-the-loop.html Clare Short MP]].
** General Miller may have physical courage, but his decision [[spoiler: not to resign]] (''after'' [[spoiler: Karen has already done so]]) shows a total lack of moral backbone.
* DownerEnding
* {{Eagleland}}: Being an incredibly [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism cynical]] film the US is portrayed as being closer to Flavour 2, complete with power-crazed warmongers and an overweight American tourist... but being a rather [[SelfDeprecation self-loathing]] film, the Brits are portrayed as being no better. While the Americans might be ridiculous or even moronic, the British still have to kowtow pathetically to them. Even if they did "burn this city to the ground in 1814."
** Arguably, the tourist's only "crime" was to tell Malcolm to stop swearing, an eminently reasonable demand. Some have suggested that he and Judy (who knows what Simon ''should'' do, and urges him ''to'' do it), who can't speak out because of the Civil Service Code of Conduct, are the only unambiguously good characters in the film, representing as they do the best of the American and British publics.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: "How'd your team do at the weekend?" "Alright, we won!" "Yeah? Hehehehe... ''wanker''."
* EstablishingShot: The film opens with a shot of Malcolm sweeping into [[{{Whitehall}} Number 10]] in his BadassLongcoat. It continues in this vein as the action moves between {{Whitehall}}, TheWhiteHouse, the UN building and Simon's constituency in Northamptonshire.
** It includes what ArmandoIannucci refers to as "the LoveActually scene" in which Malcolm (walking past the Capitol in Washington) is seen on the phone to Judy (jogging past the Houses of Parliament in London).
** This trope is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Toby and Simon when they note that their hotel suite ''just about'' has a view of the Capitol.
** It is also [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Toby after they all fly back to the UK: "From [[TheWhiteHouse White House]] to Shite House".
* EvilVersusEvil: Tucker vs. Barwick.
* {{Expy}}: Several of the cast for their equivalents in TheThickOfIt:
** Toby is Olly Reeder
** Roz is Terri Coverley
** Michael is Glen Cullen
** Sir Jonathan Tutt is Julius, Lord Nicholson of Arnage
* EyeTake: There is a positvely ''epic'' one in the Meditation Room scene.
* {{Farce}}
* FishOutOfWater: All of the British characters in the US, but Simon Foster flaps about the most helplessly.
* FunWithAcronyms: PWIP PIP
* GilliganCut: Malcolm asks Sir Jonathan Tutt to reschedule the UN vote. "It cannot be done and it will not be done", but it is. ''Twice''.
* GirlyRun: "Where's the War Committee?" Malcolm gets lost in Washington... and again at the UN.
** Toby bursting in late smelling like a pissed seaside donkey.
* HairTriggerTemper: Jamie seems permanently pissed off and ready to explode into violent rage at the drop of a pin.
--> '''Jamie''': Right, that's enough of the fucking Oxbridge pleasantries...\\
'''Toby''': ''[Puzzled]'' What's 'Oxbridge' about saying 'hello'?\\
'''Jamie''': '''''Shut it, ''LoveActually''! DO YOU WANT ME TO HOLEPUNCH YOUR FACE?!'''''
** Paul Michaelson also has a HairTriggerTemper, primed to take offense at ''anything anyone'' says.
* HauledBeforeASenateSubCommittee: Inverted: everyone's ''dying'' to be part of the so-called 'Future Planning Committee', better known as the War Committee.
* HeroicBSOD: Although not strictly a hero, as his career rapidly takes a dive-plunge straight down the crapper Simon Foster ends up in the U.N Mediation Room frantically eating mints, [[ThousandYardStare staring blankly into space]] and remarking that his internal thoughts seem to be an endless loop of him shouting "Oh, shit!" at himself in a distant voice "like a car alarm in the middle of the night".
* HomageShot: "Don't raise your voice. This is a sacred place." Linton reminds Malcolm that you can't fight in here, this is the Meditation Room.
** The US [[http://www.ifcfilms.com/videos/in-the-loop-trailer trailer]] and [[http://media.ifcfilms.com/images/films/film-media-movie-poster-large/in-the-loop-poster_280x415.jpg poster]] also reference DrStrangelove, as did many critics making favourable comparisons.
* HypocriticalHumor: At one point, Simon assures Malcolm that he didn't become a minister by screwing up every public appearance he makes; however, in pretty much every public or official appearance that we see him make he's inarticulate, incompetent and only manages to bollocks things up for himself and everyone.
** Paul Michaelson: "Am I calm? I'm fucking ZEN!"
* IAmSpartacus: Referenced in the infamous fax machine scene.
* ICallHimMisterHappy: "Little Toby is staying very much in his hammock this evening..."
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: Malcolm really doesn't like anything English.
-->Miller: "You're his little English bitch and you don't even know it. I bet if I went into your hotel room tonight I'd see on all four, little fishnets on, him hanging onto the back of you. [...] You may be a scary little poodlefucker back there in London, but here you're nothing. You know what you look like? A squeezed dick. You got a little blue vein running up the side of your head. That's where I'd put the bullet. But I'd have to stand back cause you look like you'd be a squirter."
-->Malcolm: "[..] Don't ever call me fucking English again."
* IceCreamKoan: "In the Kingdom of Truth, the man with one fact is king." Linton likes to deliver these, which is probably why his [[ProfessionalButtKisser butt kisser]] Chad is fond of them too. Chad's tend to be much, much worse, though:
-->'''Toby Wright:''' You speak entirely in parables, don't you? You're like a crap Jesus.\\
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'''Malcolm Tucker:''' "All roads lead to Munich?" What the fuck does that mean?
* {{Improv}}
* ImStandingRightHere: "I'm here, I'm there, I'm fuckin' ''everywhere''. I'm [[Music/TheBeatles the Eggman]]!"
* IncrediblyLamePun: "You hanging, Chad?" More of an Incredibly Inevitable Pun.
* InstantWakingSkills: Toby, the anti-war morning after.
* InvisiblePresident: Both the US President ''and'' the UK Prime Minister are invisible.
* KavorkaMan: Toby Wright somehow manages to sleep with Michael's aide Suzy and with Liza Weld despite being one of the film's least likeable characters, and despite looking like a gangly pasty-faced 12-year-old.
** Of course this just refers to the ''character'', and certainly not [[http://www.citylife.co.uk/img/10975/13477_chris_addison_homecoming_king.jpg the actor who plays him]].
* LastSecondWordSwap: Subverted to make Malcolm's final words to Linton ''more'' offensive.
* LeanAndMean: Malcolm, as a result of stress, [[GirlyRun running everywhere]], and [[ForgetsToEat existing on a diet of coffee]].
* LeaveHimToMe: Malcolm directs Simon Foster to steer clear of Linton Barwick. "I'll deal with him."
* LifeImitatesArt: The [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8105227.stm [=MPs=] expenses scandal]] revealed two beautiful examples:
** Simon Foster avoids watching a hotel's porn channel for fear that it will "show up in the register of interests". [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7970731.stm Home Secretary Jacqui Smith's husband wasn't quite so careful]].
** [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/blog/2009/may/08/mandelson-expenses-in-the-loop Lord Mandelson's claims]] for gardening expenses revealed he had been through a "diplomatic crisis" with a neighbour over neglect of his garden. His predicament was eerily similar to Simon Foster's as he struggled with Paul Michaelson (Steve Coogan) and his collapsing garden wall.
* MadeFromRealGirlScouts: Jamie assures Malcolm that he will be gentle with Simon and Toby: "Oh, you know me, Malc. Kid gloves... but made from real kids."
* MarriedToTheJob: Chad and all the young Whitehouse staffers. And Malcolm for that matter.
* MenAreUncultured: Jamie: "What's the name of the fuck with the fiddle?" Michael Rodgers knows that it ''happens to be'' Debussy.
** Jamie's [[http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=24542 meditation on cinema]]: "I went to see ''Film/ThereWillBeBlood'' ... there wasn't any fucking blood!"
*** And his views on opera: "It's ''just vowels! '''Subsidised foreign vowels'''!''"
* MistakenNationality: Malcolm has no problem with swearing but takes offence at being called ''the E-word''.
* {{Newspeak}}: It's not the 'War' Committee; it's the 'Future Planning Committee'.
* TheNicknamer: Toby's name is not Foetus Boy, [[HarryPotter Ron Weasely]], Twatboy Slim or The Baby From {{Eraserhead}}, but Malcolm doesn't seem to care. He extends this selective amnesia to practically everyone he encounters, including Baldemort, General Flintstone and J Edgar fuckin' Hoover.
--> "Rob, Innes, Little Bo Cock Jockey and The Leaky fuckin' Minge Box, go back to your desks and prepare briefing."
** Toby also receives a "Go fuck yourself, Frodo" from General Miller.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed
** To expand on this a little, Malcolm Tucker is pretty widely seen as being a caricature of Alistair Campbell, TonyBlair's former press director. And it's pretty easy to see Linton Barwick as a Doug Feith or Paul Wolfowitz. Also, the whole film is a pretty thinly-veiled portrayal of the buildup to Iraq.
* NoPartyGiven: As with the British government in the TV show, we never directly learn the political party of the governing U.S Administration. But, given the nature of the events depicted, we can take a pretty good guess.
* NobodyPoops: The writers ''really'' like subverting this trope.
* OhCrap: Happens whenever a particularly bad piece of news is received (ie. ''very'' frequently).
** A slightly different one happens when Malcolm and General Miller finally have the face-to-face confrontation they've been building up to. Miller says [[BadassBoast "I'll punch you in the face so hard you'll be shitting teeth"]], which Malcolm is completely unperturbed by because he makes CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon threats all the time, and it would be extremely damaging to Miller's career. However, one staring match later, Malcolm realises that Miller actually would do it, regardless of the political damage. His attempt at brushing it off and ending the conversation is handled fairly well, but he is clearly backing down. This makes [[{{Badass}} Miller]] possibly the only character in either the film or the [[TheThickOfIt TV series]] to [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome make Malcolm run away from an argument.]]
*** The exchange also symbolizes how out of his depth Malcolm is. Sure, Malcolm's anger is a terrible thing to behold, sure, it burns with the heat of a billion supernovas full of pure hate. But General Miller has actually ''killed people in battle'', which makes Malcolm look far less scary. Malcolm actually realizes that sheer intimidation won't work on this man.
* OlderThanTheyLook: The actors playing the young [[TheWhiteHouse White House]] staffers ("Your master race of highly-gifted toddlers") are all Older Than They Look. As is Chris Addison.
* [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Woman]]: Judy appears to be one of the only people in the movie with her head screwed on fully. Needless to say, everyone pretty much ignores or abuses her and Toby spends most of the movie actively plotting against her. [[spoiler: She ends up having the last laugh over him as the whole thing ends up completely destroying his career while she emerges unscathed.]]
* PlayingAgainstType: James Gandolfini as Pentagon Dove General Miller
* ProfessionalButtKisser: Chad. His desperate methods to get closer to Linton Barwick include carrying a squash racquet in the hope that Linton will see it and fancy a game. Unfortunately he forgets to take the price tags off first. Even more unfortunately, Linton clearly doesn't notice that Chad even exists in the first place. [[spoiler: Ironically, for all his sucking up and SmugSnake behaviour, he ends up being shafted and left with the losing side, whereas Liza -- who he has spent the entire movie trying to smugly lord it over -- ends up getting the position with Linton he's coveted.]]
** "He's wearing his push-up bra today!"
* SeparatedByACommonLanguage: The film gets in a reminder that [[TakeThat no-one swears like the British]]:
--> '''Karen Clarke''': "You just sat there like a... what do you call it in [[BritainVersusTheUK England]]? A ''wanker''!"
--> '''Simon Foster''': "No, we don't call it that."
* ShownTheirWork: ArmandoIannucci ensured he could create a realistic portrayal of the US State Department [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/5295148/Comedian-sneaks-into-US-State-department.html by illegally infiltrating it]]. By using a fake BBC pass he was able to get past security and spend an hour inside taking photographs: "Part of me thought it was fun, another part thought it was probably international espionage."
** James Gandolfini visited the Pentagon (legally) while researching for the part of General Miller. He went as far as getting a haircut from the Pentagon barber and having some scary conversations with generals. His recollection of one who couldn't actually remember if he'd killed anyone later inspired one of Malcolm's "Have you ever even actually killed anyone?" in the film.
* SmugSnake: Chad. He likes to brag about his plans to become a senior aide to Linton, but his role as Linton's chief kiss-ass just antagonises pretty much everyone... except Linton, who barely registers his existence, and can't even [[MyNameIsNotDurwood remember his name]].
* ThisTropeIsBleep: Linton, who hates cursing to the extent of calling Malcolm a "useless piece of ''S-star-star-T''". Malcolm's later response is fantastic:
-->'''Malcolm''': Y'know, I've come across a lot of psychos, but none as fucking boring as you. You are a real boring fuck. Sorry, sorry, I know you disapprove of swearing so I'll sort that out. [[spoiler: You are a boring F-star-star-CUNT!]]
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQrqMkCuHqA The UK trailer]] is pretty much the whole film condensed into two minutes. Lucky non-UK audiences got the delightful ''DrStrangelove''-inspired trailer instead.
* TruthInTelevision: The "master race of highly gifted toddlers" bit, according to Iannuci. US Senators and Congressman recruit bright young things from IvyLeague universities...and take them with them when they become Secretaries or even President. Be very afraid.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Most of the cast but Toby arguably comes across as the most dislikable, being the particularly obnoxious combination of selfish, weak ''and'' self righteous.
* UnusualEuphemism:
--> '''Liza:''' How far would you go with Linton, you freaky little stalker? Downtown? Or all the way up Brokeback Mountain?
* VillainProtagonist: Malcolm. In the series he's more of an AntiHero.
* VillainousBSOD: In the Meditation Room Malcolm finds himself lost for words, unable to think of a decent threat for Olly, before Olly leaves him staring into space.
* ViolentGlaswegian: Malcolm and Jamie ride again: "The fax machine was there and it's easier to kick."
** Although Malcolm's more violent in 'will shout very loudly and very offensively at you' sense, whereas Jamie is more likely to get physical.
* WalkAndTalk: "...and he is ''gone''!"
** "I'm really quite badly scalded now!"
* WarIsHell: "This is the problem with civilians wanting to go to war. Once you've been there you never want to go again unless you absolutely have to.... [[TakeThat It's like France.]]"
* {{Whitehall}}
* TheWhiteHouse
* YouBastard: Malcolm is [[MagnificentBastard such a charming and charismatic character]] that audiences find themselves cheering him on as he tries to show Linton Barwick that he isn't a worthless piece of ess-star-star-tee... even though achieving this would also involve starting an illegal war.
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19th May '13 11:46:17 AM randomtroper89
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* AdaptationalVillainy: Toby is noticeably more self-righteous, smug, and cowardly than Olly Reeder. He also treats his girlfriend like crap, something which cannot be said for Olly.

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* AdaptationalVillainy: Toby AdaptationalVillainy:
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is noticeably more self-righteous, smug, and cowardly than Olly Reeder. He also treats his girlfriend like crap, something which cannot be said for Olly.



** Jamie Mac Donald, on the other hand, is the same raging d-bag he has always been.

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** Jamie Mac Donald, [=MacDonald=], on the other hand, is the same raging d-bag he has always been.
30th Apr '13 3:42:31 PM JIKTV
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* ThisTropeIsBleep: Linton, who hates cursing to the extent of calling Malcolm a "useless piece of ''S-star-star-T''". Malcolm's later response is fantastic:
-->'''Malcolm''': Y'know, I've come across a lot of psychos, but none as fucking boring as you. You are a real boring fuck. Sorry, sorry, I know you disapprove of swearing so I'll sort that out. [[spoiler: You are a boring F-star-star-CUNT!]]



* UnnecessaryCensorship: Linton, who hates cursing to the extent of calling Malcolm a "useless piece of ''S-star-star-T''". Malcolm's later response is fantastic:
-->'''Malcolm''': Y'know, I've come across a lot of psychos, but none as fucking boring as you. You are a real boring fuck. Sorry, sorry, I know you disapprove of swearing so I'll sort that out. [[spoiler: You are a boring F-star-star-CUNT!]]
22nd Apr '13 4:09:31 PM GeneralGoose
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* DirtyCoward: So very many, from Toby giving PWIP PIP to his ex-girlfriend so he doesn't have to leak it himself, to Michael Rodgers MP following Jamie's orders so he can save his political career. The Doves all know how they can stop the war, but would rather go along with it and save their careers.

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* DirtyCoward: So very many, from Toby giving PWIP PIP to his ex-girlfriend so he doesn't have to leak it himself, to Michael Rodgers MP following Jamie's orders so he can save his political career. The Doves all know how they can stop the war, but would rather go along with it and save their careers.
6th Mar '13 12:38:05 PM DougSMachina
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* BritainVersusTheUK: Not so much subverted as set straight: [[spoiler:"Don't ever call me fucking ''English'' again."]]
** [[spoiler: After Malcolm stalks off, General Miller looks completely nonplussed.]]

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* BritainVersusTheUK: Not so much subverted as set straight: [[spoiler:"Don't straight by the Scottish Malcolm: "Don't ever call me fucking ''English'' again."]]
** [[spoiler:
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After Malcolm stalks off, General Miller looks completely nonplussed.]]



* CloudCuckooLander: Linton Barwick is an extremely unsettling version. His casual disregard for reality (changing minutes and wholesale rewriting of intelligence reports) mirrors Malcolm's attitude toward spin and damage control, but ''without any of the irony''. As Karen Clarke puts it, the voices in his head are "singing barbershop together". And apart from his {{Ice Cream Koan}}s, there are his odd almost-but-not-quite non sequiturs.

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* CloudCuckooLander: Linton Barwick is an extremely unsettling version. His casual disregard for reality (changing minutes and wholesale rewriting of intelligence reports) mirrors Malcolm's attitude toward spin and damage control, but ''without any of the irony''. As Karen Clarke puts it, the voices in his head are "singing barbershop together". And apart from his {{Ice Cream Koan}}s, there are his odd almost-but-not-quite non sequiturs.{{non sequitur}}s.
22nd Feb '13 5:19:48 AM Craver357
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* VillainProtagonist: Malcolm. In the series he's more of a [[SlidingScaleOfAntiHeroes Type V]] AntiHero.

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* VillainProtagonist: Malcolm. In the series he's more of a [[SlidingScaleOfAntiHeroes Type V]] an AntiHero.
22nd Feb '13 5:19:00 AM Craver357
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* EviVersusEvil: Tucker vs. Barwick.

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* EviVersusEvil: EvilVersusEvil: Tucker vs. Barwick.
21st Jan '13 11:13:50 PM galaxysong9
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* {{Eagleland}}: Being an incredibly [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism cynical]] film the US is portrayed as being closer to Flavour 2, complete with power-crazed warmongers and an overweight American tourist... but being a rather [[SelfDeprecation self-loathing]] film, the Brits are portrayed as being no better.

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* {{Eagleland}}: Being an incredibly [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism cynical]] film the US is portrayed as being closer to Flavour 2, complete with power-crazed warmongers and an overweight American tourist... but being a rather [[SelfDeprecation self-loathing]] film, the Brits are portrayed as being no better. While the Americans might be ridiculous or even moronic, the British still have to kowtow pathetically to them. Even if they did "burn this city to the ground in 1814."
1st Jan '13 1:36:23 AM erforce
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** Jamie's [[http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=24542 meditation on cinema]]: "I went to see ''ThereWillBeBlood'' ... there wasn't any fucking blood!"

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** Jamie's [[http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=24542 meditation on cinema]]: "I went to see ''ThereWillBeBlood'' ...''Film/ThereWillBeBlood'' ... there wasn't any fucking blood!"
29th Nov '12 4:33:25 AM Achaemenid
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* TruthInTelevision: The "master race of highly gifted toddlers" bit, according to Iannuci. US Senators and Congressman recruit bright young things from IvyLeague universities...and take them with them when they become Secretaries or even President. Be very afraid.
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