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Tropic Thunder

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Tropic Thunder Review

  • Feb 4, 2009
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Three actors made this film: Robert Downy Jr., Tom Cruise and Jack Black (and I even had time were I thought he wasn't great at times). I don't care If Ben Stiller wrote, directed and produced this movie, his part sucked, but it was still hilarious and great without him. Honestly. Ben Stiller has not had a good movie since... There's Something About Mary. The fact though that Robert Downy Jr. plays a black man who is played by an Australian (very Russell Crow), is the funniest thing I think has ever been done in a movie. I don't think he had one bad line. If I didn't know that Downy was white, I would have thought he was really black, that's how black he was in this movie. My hat is off to you!

Just when you think Tom Cruise has gone bat shit again and gone all Scientology, he fools us again by dropping something like 50 F-bombs in this movie. Everything he said had to do with either 'sucking his nut' or 'fucking someone', and he was bald! Awesome! He should just stick to comedy's because that man is ridiculously funny!

At first, Jack Black's character was nothing really special to me, but he grew on me with all his withdrawal antics and almost stuffing his face in a giant pile of heroin! Classic!

Overall, a very funny film, minus Ben Stiller 4 out of 5

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March 24, 2009
You write a pretty convincing review- Ive actually saw the first 30 min of this movie and turned it off b/c It didn't live up to my expectations- however after reading your review- Ive decided to give it one more try- will let you know:)
March 05, 2009
Maybe Cruise has finally gone completely batshit and developed dual personalities. He always took himself so deadly serious before that its impossible to believe he would ever do something like this. Its either that or he has an evil twin who has been impersonating him.
February 05, 2009
I enjoyed the film, but it didn't even come close to the hilarious Stepbrothers or Pee-In-Your-Pantstastic Role Models!
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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 . July 12, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
all these great actors and such a terrible movie it has its funny parts might as well just watch the previews
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.
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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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