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Tropic Thunder

Tropic Thunder

BY BEN STILLER

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4.00 / 5 based on 24 Reviews

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Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr. lead an ensemble cast in "Tropic Thunder," an action comedy about a group of self-absorbed actors who set out to make the most expensive war film. After ballooning costs force the studio to cancel the movie, the frustrated director refuses to stop shooting, leading his cast into the jungles of Southeast Asia, where they encounter real bad guys.

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Katy A.
Katy A.
Miami, FL
230 reviews
Very rarely do comedies hit the mark in terms of both smart humor and dumb humor in the same movie, let alone the same scene. That's what we've got with Tropic Thunder, a comedy that excels in both satirical jokes and laugh out loud stupidity. If you're game for any of that, in addition to quite possibly the funniest and most shocking cameos of all time, then Tropic Thunder is the perfect movie to close the summer of 2008 with.

Ben Stiller has always been the poster boy for trying to mix these two severely different types of humor recently, and has failed in his other two main directing attempts (although Zoolander was funny). Here, he more than succeeds in making Hollywood the laughingstock of the summer, and who better than Stiller to do so, someone who has been around the business his entire life.

Obviously, what's going to get the most laughs is our cast, which is one of the best comedy casts assembled, in my opinion. Our supporting performers are just as strong, if not stronger than our big three leads (definitely stronger than Jack Black), and we are treated to some of the funniest cameos of all time...One of Tropic Thunder's cameos, one of the most famous and serious actors in the world, nearly steals the movie, and is funnier than the last time he did a role like this (Austin Powers 3). If you don't know who I'm talking about by now, just wait until you see him. He'll have you on the floor laughing by the end of the movie. Other cameos (including a Judd Apatow boy and a former People's Sexiest Man Alive) are entertaining, but they have nothing on the big guy.

Now, to the actual cast...Starting with Stiller himself. Stiller has always been great at playing over the top asses, and that's what his character here is. There's plenty of exaggeration, plenty of laughs, but I felt there could have been more arrogance and more development in his character. The film belongs to Robert Downey Jr. (why am I not shocked by this?), who could sneak a Golden Globe nomination in if he's lucky for his performance as super-serious star Kurt Lazarus. Downey is absolutely hilarious, yet believable as this actor who believes acting is larger than life, and provides for the best satire of all. Jack Black is, if anything, forgettable and provided few laughs (though he does deliver one of the funniest lines of the movie). Jay Baruchel and Brandon Jackson are great in their supporting roles, and were the most well rounded characters (especially Baruchel). Danny McBride (three out of the last four movies I've watched have had this guy in it) of Pineapple Express is just as great here in another hilarious role tailor made for him. Nick Nolte is an odd presence, but an asset nonetheless. Steve Coogan's short role is memorable.

Stiller's main point in the film was obviously to make fun of Hollywood and his fellow actors as well, and he succeeds enormously. The fact that mentally challenged rights groups are calling for boycotts only proves Stiller's point: we all need to chill out, and stop taking things so seriously (where's The Joker when you need him?). The "bad" scene where the characters say 'retard' a few times is actually one of the best satire scenes in the movie. The scene isn't making fun of mentally challenged people, rather the actors that have won Oscars for playing them. Dustin Hoffman and Peter Sellers are not spared.

Like Pineapple Express before it, Tropic Thunder suffers from a less than stellar second act, which is used to attempt to ground the film in reality. This is unnecessary. We know that this could never happen. Insurance policies wouldn't even let a director think about doing what Coogan's character does in this film. However, the film starts and finishes very well (in fact, it starts better than any comedy of the year). It finishes with roars of laughter, and even though it is just absurd, it doesn't matter, because we've had a great time along the ride. Yes, Tropic Thunder is vulgar, but nowhere near the other Apatow brand products out these days. There's some blood and graphic violence, but nothing too bad.
Val V.
Val V.
220 reviews
This movie is hilariously stupidly dumb and moronic however you can't seem to turn it off because its amazing enough to watch all the way through. the humor just leaves you saying WTF! each character is funny in their own way. i recommend everyone should watch this except children.
Charlotte D.
Charlotte D.
Westbury , ny
345 reviews
I don't hate a lot of movies but I really didn't like this one it want funny at all
Influenster M.
Influenster M.
194 reviews
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This movie is by far one of my favorites Directed by Ben Stiller. Love the irony of Iron Man & Spiderman holding hands in the fake trailers in the beginning. The best part hands down is the DVD commentary.
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Robert Downey Jr. Seriously does not break character till then. I loved it. I watch it with the commentay more often than not.
Sharell M.
Sharell M.
260 reviews
Tropic Thunder to me was an okay movie. Some parts were funny some were overly done in a sense.
Eva C.
Eva C.
662 reviews
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I laugh so hard every time I see this movie. Jack Black is always epic! I feel that Robert Downey Jr is absolutely awesome in this movie! He makes a sexy black guy!
Elise E.
Elise E.
Boston, MA
138 reviews
I love this movie. It's over the top and crazy, making fun of so many of the classic movie tropes. It's an action movie but there is also so much comedy mixed it. It's the kind of movie that is stupid in the very best possible way. I have seen it several times now with several different groups
April S.
April S.
Whitewater, WI
90 reviews
This movie is one of those that you only have to see once. It's an okay plot, but I would never be able to watch it over and over like I can with a lot of other movies.
melissa m.
melissa m.
Los Angeles, CA
17 reviews
Most of my favorite actors star in this movie. I love the comedy In the story line.
Caitlin M.
Caitlin M.
Los Angeles, CA
220 reviews
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I first saw this movie in theaters and laughed so hard I cried. Even now when I rewatch it, I still laugh at Tropic Thunder. Movies that poke fun at the entertainment industry with a wink and a smile are my favorite, and Tropic Thunder is more like a Comedy Central roast of Hollywood. So good!

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