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When British cabinet minister Simon Foster comments publicly that he thinks war is "unforeseeable," the result is an immediate bollocking from Malcolm Tucker, the prime minister’s testy bulldog pushing for war. Unable to clarify his position, Simon is sent to Washington where, trying desperately to be important, he meets Karen Clark, a U.S. State Department official, and General Miller, who see him as a transatlantic partner in building a consensus against war. They search for a secret war committee, led by Karen’s hawkish colleague, Linton Barwick. And as farce demands, all parties eventually converge for a climactic shuffle between rooms, in this case at the United Nations. Wickedly sardonic and filled with secrets, lies, leaks, plugs, and faulty intelligence and walls, the film leads us behind closed doors to reveal bungling bureaucrats entangled in petty rivalries, obsequious aides jockeying for favor, and the Keystone Cops of government, including a minister who hopes there’s no war because it’s bad enough coping with the Olympics, and an unscrupulous bureaucrat who doctors intelligence because he believes that "in the land of truth, the man with one fact is king." But don’t worry. None of this actually happened! It’s just British comedy. Armando Iannucci (44) is acclaimed as one of the most influential comedy writers and producers in Britain. He wrote and directed the BAFTA-winning shows "I'm Alan Partridge" and the political comedy "The Thick of It", as well as fronting his own satirical shows "The Friday Night Armistice" for BBC 2 and "The Armando Iannucci Shows" for Channel 4. His spoof news show "The Day Today" earned him a unique Special Jury British Comedy Award in recognition of his distinctive contribution to radio and television comedy.
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