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Tropic Thunder (2008)



Critic Consensus: With biting satire, plenty of subversive humor, and an unforgettable turn by Robert Downey, Jr., Tropic Thunder is a triumphant late Summer comedy.

Movie Info

Ben Stiller's satirical look at Hollywood, Tropic Thunder concerns the production of an epic Vietnam War film that quickly derails thanks to the giant egos of everyone involved in the production. Stiller stars as Tugg Speedman, an action hero trying to segue out of that genre. Jack Black plays Jeff Portnoy, a drug-addicted fat comic also attempting to change his image by taking on such a serious film. They star alongside Kirk Lazarus (Robert Downey Jr.), one of the world's most awarded actors, and a man who insists on immersing himself totally in a role. In this case, that means Lazarus has had his skin dyed in order to portray an African-American soldier. After their outrageous behavior lands the film's director, Damien Cockburn (Steve Coogan), in very hot water with producer Les Grossman (Tom Cruise), Cockburn takes the advice of grizzled Vietnam vet Four Leaf Tayback (Nick Nolte); in order to gain control of his performers, Cockburn drops the actors off in the jungle, planning to film the movie guerrilla-style with hidden cameras. When the group stumbles upon a heroin production camp, the actors are unaware that they are in very real danger. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovimore
Rating: R (for pervasive language including sexual references, violent content and drug material)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Justin Theroux, Etan Cohen, Ben Stiller
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 18, 2008
Box Office: $110.4M
DreamWorks/Paramount Studios - Official Site


Jack Black
as Jeff 'Fats' Portnoy
Robert Downey Jr.
as Kirk Lazarus
Jay Baruchel
as Kevin Sandusky
Nick Nolte
as Four Leaf Tayback
Bill Hader
as Studio Executive Rob...
Tom Cruise
as Les Grossman
Eric Winzenreid
as chopper pilot
Valerie Azlynn
as Damien's assistant
Matt Levin
as cameraperson
David Pressman
as First assistant dire...
Dempsey Silva
as special effects assi...
Amy Stiller
as script supervisor
Ben Stiller
as Speedman
Justin Theroux
as Jan Jurgen
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News & Interviews for Tropic Thunder

Critic Reviews for Tropic Thunder

All Critics (232) | Top Critics (50)

Tropic Thunder pushes more buttons than most comedies dare.

Full Review… | January 10, 2015

Tropic Thunder is probably the best war-movie spoof of all time, playing around with all those cliches and conventions we've seen a million times before.

Full Review… | October 21, 2014

Tropic Thunder is an easy film to enjoy. It appeals to the basest levels of humour without patronising its audience, while pricking the pomposity of the movie industry without going too 'meta' - this is far from self-fellation.

Full Review… | October 14, 2012

perfectly parodies the 'kill everything in sight and then blow it up for good measure' summer movie mentality.

Full Review… | August 10, 2012
Lyles' Movie Files

Comes down to exactly the same type of heroic finale they're supposed to be parodying in the first place. You bettah off renting Rescue Dawn.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011
East Bay Express

A clever structure, glorious ensemble cast and above all conviction ensure that laughter will be rippling like thunder inside the cinema.

Full Review… | July 14, 2011
Digital Spy

Audience Reviews for Tropic Thunder

This is the normal Ben Stiller fare. Throw in Jack Black and this is what you get. Downey I liked as the black sgt who is australian but really into his role. Other than that it really did seem like another Stiller flick. Same ol same ol.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


A group of jumped up actors are making a big-budget movie. The actors end up in the real jungle in Vietnam where they are kidnapped for ransom. Great cast. Tom Cruise steals the show with his dodgy dance moves and makeup. The ads before the movie are hilarious.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer


Funny... but not as funny as some may say.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

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