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Tropic Thunder

A movie directed by Ben Stiller

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Thunder in the Jungle

  • Sep 2, 2008
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This is a movie about the making of a war movie, said movie being based on a book, said book having been written by a Vietnam vet, and based upon his memoirs. Of course, from the cast you can easily tell that it is actually a spoof about the making of a war movie based on a memoir, so I don't have to break it down into a million little pieces for you.

Even funnier are the mock trailers and an advertisement that precede the movie, which give you an indication of the star power of the cast of the movie within the movie.

Ben Stiller plays Tugg Speedman, a former box office topping action star whose fifteen hours of fame are about to expire, mainly due to his latest attempt at a serious movie, where he overdoes a character in the "Forrest Gump" and "Rain Man" theme.

Robert Downey Jnr. excels as Kirk Lazarus, an Australian actor and multiple Academy Award winner, who immerses himself totally in his role as the African American Sgt. Osiris.

Jack Black plays Jeff Portnoy, a comedian best known for playing multiple characters in his movies, all of whom are flatulent and corpulent.

Strong support is provided by Brandon T. Jackson as Alpa Chino, a rapper turned actor, and spokesman for the energy drink "Booty Sweat" and the candy bar "Bust-A-Nut"; Nick Nolte as the Vietnam Vet who wrote the book; Jay Baruchel as an unlikely action star and Steve Coogan as the beleaguered Director. There are also several guest appearances by well-known actors.

Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):

1. A huge and important war movie is about to be made, based on a true story, starring big name stars, and with amazingly awesome special effects
2. NOT!!!
3. Squabbling stars cause production to fall one month behind schedule in five days, prompting drastic action by the Director, who under advice from the author, drops the cast into the jungle to fend for themselves, reality TV style.
4. Location, location ... Oops!
5. Incredibly (and unbelievably) funny dark comedy ensues, albeit with a few gross moments (REALLY gross) and some awkward scenes (Yep, REALLY awkward).

Now here's a sentence you won't often hear me say:

I enjoyed a Ben Stiller movie that also featured Tom Cruise and Matthew McConaughey.

(You can read that sentence twice, because it's highly unlikely that I'll ever say it again)

Amanda Richards

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March 05, 2009
I know what you mean about not believing that its coming out of your noth. I had to look in the mirror when I heard myself saying that about Tom Cruise!
March 05, 2009
LOL - exactly!!
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review by . September 28, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Thunderously Hilarious.
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 …
Quick Tip by . October 01, 2010
Good fun to watch with the guys, though definitely odd.
Quick Tip by . August 09, 2010
A good comedy is paced like a good action film, and the (laughable?) turns to drama(?) in the final third made me shrug and not care.
Quick Tip by . July 18, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
This movie was great i loved it! I would watch it again if I had it myself.
Quick Tip by . July 14, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
This is a great parody on the art and hype of movie making.
Quick Tip by . July 14, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
RD Jr. was great...but Cruise steals the show as Les Grossman. Will we see a LG movie?!
Quick Tip by . December 17, 2009
Just seen this film and it was odd to say the least - watchable but not particularly funny ha ha.
review by . September 16, 2008
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 …
Quick Tip by . August 21, 2009
if i didn't know that Robert Downey Jr was in this film, i wouldn't have been able to pick him out. this started much better than it ended.
review by . April 29, 2009
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 …
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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,...
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Director: Ben Stiller
Release Date: 13 August 2008 (USA)
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Ben Stiller, Justin Theroux
Runtime: 107 min
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