Tropic Thunder

Tropic Thunder

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Tropic Thunder

Comedy about a group of pompous actors making the most expensive Vietnam war movie ever made. The 'cast' includes an action star (Ben Stiller), a comedian (Jack Black), an Australian Oscar-winner (Robert Downey Jr.) and a rapper-turned-actor (Brandon T. Jackson). Fed up with his self-involved cast, the film's director (Steve Coogan) drops them into the jungle to take care of themselves, where they get caught up in a conflict they don't realise is real. The cast also includes Nick Nolte and cameos from Tom Cruise and Tobey Maguire.

Downey Jr's character is an Oscar-winner who takes on a role originally written for a black actor. Rather than re-write the part, he dyes his skin black. Downey Jr says, "If it's done right, it could be the type of role you called Peter Sellers to do 35 years ago. If you don't do it right, we're going to hell."

This film is Stiller's first as director since Zoolander, and could upset a lot of sensitive people (Stiller's character adopts an Asian baby but worries "that all the good ones have gone"). Apparently he got the idea over twenty years ago while shooting Empire of the Sun.

2008Rating: R16, Contains violence, sexual references and offensive language107 minsUSA
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Flicks, Team

Flicks, Team

flicks

From the genius fake trailers at the start to Tom Cruise's end titles dance routine (no, really), Tropic Thunder is one hell of a night at the movies.

4.0
0

Fun but unremarkable

Lots of good bits but didn't live up to the hype. A fun night out but Stiller basically does his usual thing and Jack Black is not as good as he usually is. Downey Jr is what makes this movie rise above mediocre - having proved he is back in a big way with Iron Man, this movie showcases his comedic chops to great effect.

3.0
0

A few laughs

It was ok, but not a blockbuster by any stretch. Again another hollywood rip off that could have been funny. A few funny moments, but mostly average.

3.0
0

Decent but underwhelming

I enjoyed the look of this film. Big orange fireballs against the green jungle, etc. I liked the characters and the Vietnam imagery (even if the musical choices were a bit predictable). But unfortunately, I didn't find it particularly funny. I probably laughed more in No Country For Old Men, to be blunt. There are moments of tedium in Tropic Thunder,...

3.0
0

wiked

yea, na, too much man, that fulla Downey jnr, he just made a good impression of a brother, good funny movie, and a good pick of casts, TUMEKE!!!

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A flashy, nasty, on-and-off funny and assaultive sendup of the film industry.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

When it's all over, you'll probably have the fondest memories of Robert Downey Jr.'s work. It's been a good year for him, this one coming after "Iron Man." He's back, big time.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Tropic Thunder is a relatively smart and refreshingly politically incorrect satire, and there is a lot to like as it takes the mickey out of Hollywood's twisted priorities, fart jokes, action films, dummed-down scripts and unrealistic plot lines, overly pampered actors and money-hungry studios. Of course, it falls victim to most of this itself, but at least you'll get a laugh out of it.

3.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Stiller manages his movie nicely so that all actors get their share of the comic spotlight. Seldom does an ensemble comedy not contain a single weak character or performance as does this one.

0
Film Threat

Film Threat

press

To top everything off, Tom Cruise may just have resurrected his career with the role of Les Grossman.

0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

It's been done before, but it hasn't been done this well for years. Tropic Thunder might just be the last behind-the-scenes-on-a-movie movie that anyone needs to make for a long time to come.

4.0
0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

Gleefully un-PC, Tropic provides some of the most fun you'll have at the cinema this year.

4.0
0
Flicks, Team

Flicks, Team

flicks

From the genius fake trailers at the start to Tom Cruise's end titles dance routine (no, really), Tropic Thunder is one hell of a night at the movies.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A flashy, nasty, on-and-off funny and assaultive sendup of the film industry.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

When it's all over, you'll probably have the fondest memories of Robert Downey Jr.'s work. It's been a good year for him, this one coming after "Iron Man." He's back, big time.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Tropic Thunder is a relatively smart and refreshingly politically incorrect satire, and there is a lot to like as it takes the mickey out of Hollywood's twisted priorities, fart jokes, action films, dummed-down scripts and unrealistic plot lines, overly pampered actors and money-hungry studios. Of course, it falls victim to most of this itself, but at least you'll get a laugh out of it.

3.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Stiller manages his movie nicely so that all actors get their share of the comic spotlight. Seldom does an ensemble comedy not contain a single weak character or performance as does this one.

0
Film Threat

Film Threat

press

To top everything off, Tom Cruise may just have resurrected his career with the role of Les Grossman.

0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

It's been done before, but it hasn't been done this well for years. Tropic Thunder might just be the last behind-the-scenes-on-a-movie movie that anyone needs to make for a long time to come.

4.0
0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

Gleefully un-PC, Tropic provides some of the most fun you'll have at the cinema this year.

4.0
0

Fun but unremarkable

Lots of good bits but didn't live up to the hype. A fun night out but Stiller basically does his usual thing and Jack Black is not as good as he usually is. Downey Jr is what makes this movie rise above mediocre - having proved he is back in a big way with Iron Man, this movie showcases his comedic chops to great effect.

3.0
0

A few laughs

It was ok, but not a blockbuster by any stretch. Again another hollywood rip off that could have been funny. A few funny moments, but mostly average.

3.0
0

Decent but underwhelming

I enjoyed the look of this film. Big orange fireballs against the green jungle, etc. I liked the characters and the Vietnam imagery (even if the musical choices were a bit predictable). But unfortunately, I didn't find it particularly funny. I probably laughed more in No Country For Old Men, to be blunt. There are moments of tedium in Tropic Thunder,...

3.0
0

wiked

yea, na, too much man, that fulla Downey jnr, he just made a good impression of a brother, good funny movie, and a good pick of casts, TUMEKE!!!

4.0
0