There are few comedies out there that will get me to do anything more than chuckle mildly. Almost none will have me actually laughing out loud. Tropic Thunder manages to do that.
The movie centers around a group of actors sent to Vietnam to film a war movie about a soldier (Nick Nolte, looking like... well, his mugshot), who lost his hands in a rescue mission while saving his buddies. Each of actors comes equiped with a massive ego and soon the director, Damien Cockburn (Steve Coogan), has lost all control of of the film. After a serious chewing-out by his boss, a barely recognizable and hilarious Tom Cruise, he takes his men out into the jungle and leaves them there, planning to film them using a bunch of minicams.
Then he steps on a mine.
The rest of the movie consists of the cast, led by Kirk Lazarus (Robert Downey Jr, in his second great role of the year), planning a method actor who in no way resembles Russell Crowe, washed-up action star Tugg Speedman (Ben Stiller, who also directed), and Jack Black as an actor who has made his career doing fart-joke movies and is addicted to just about every drug knowns to man, trying to get their way out of the jungle.
It's a simple enough description for the film, but it doesn't even begin to touch on the genius in the movie, which is preceeded by several trailers and an add for a fake energy drink peddled by a rapper, Alpa Chino (Brandon T Jackson), who is trying to use the film as a way to break into a new industry.
The film is very clever about Hollywood, featuring a great scene between Tugg Speedman's agent, played by Matthew McConaughey, and Tom Cruises' character, as well, as the wonderful fake trailers, and plenty of commentary on what it takes to win an Oscar ("You never go full-retard," advises Robert Downey Jr's character).
Overall a great film, and one I'd recommend to just about anyone!
Warning If your easily offened (or have no sence of humor) do not watch this film. OK so were do I begin, how about the fake trailers at the begining or how bout Tom Cruises awesome dancing skills (sarcasm). What ever the case likeTopic Thunder is similar in storyline to Malibu's Most Wanted its about a group of actors who think they are filming a movie in the jungle, but are completely … more
While Ben Stiller's latest comedy film, Tropic Thunder isn't a perfect film it is one of the better comedies to come along this summer (although, when your competition is comprised of films like The Love Guru, maybe this is damning it with faint praise). It's long, it doesn't always work, and one gets the feeling that Stiller and company applied an "everything but the kitchen sink" approach when it came to the material, but there are still enough funny bits and solid performances to make the whole … more
Tropic Thunder is a guilty pleasure - much along the lines of Zoolander in that it's packed with witticisms and caricatures that take a few viewings to go from very funny to absolutely hilarious. My wife hated this film by the way, and it's definitely not for everyone - but if you have a bizarre sense of humor, you'll like it. Rather than re-hash the plot, I'd like to quote my favorite parts without giving anything away: - Tom Cruise as the Producer (Les Grossman) is in his … more
It's not really a knock to say that nothing inTropic Thunderis funnier than its first five minutes, so sly that--especially for people watching in theaters--you don't realize right away theyarethe opening minutes of the movie. This outrageous comedy begins with a series of fake previews, each introducing one of the main characters in the film-proper (not that there's anything proper about this film) and each bearing the familiar logo of a different motion picture studio: Universal, DreamWorks SKG, et al. Such playing fast and loose with corporate talismans verges on sacrilege, but it's an index of how much le tout Tinseltown endorses the movie as a demented valentine to itself. The premise is that the cast of a would-be "Son of Rambo" movie shooting in some Southeast Asian jungle get into a real shooting war with drug-smuggling montagnards. Don't ask--though the movie does have an answer--why such highly paid, usually ultra-pampered personnel as superhero Tugg Speedman (Ben Stiller), Mozart of fart comedy Jeff Portnoy (Jack Black), hip-hop artist Alpa Chino (Brandon T. Jackson), and five-time Oscar-winner Kirk Lazarus from Aus-try-leeah (Robert Downey Jr.) should be running through the jungle unattended and very vulnerable. It matters only that the real-life cast has a high time kidding their own profession and flexing their comedic muscles. Bonus points go to Stiller for co-writing the script (with Justin Theroux) and directing, and to Downey,...