Tropic Thunder 2008

Tropic Thunder

Critics Consensus

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

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Tugg Speedman (Ben Stiller), pampered action superstar, sets out for Southeast Asia to take part in the biggest, most-expensive war movie produced, but soon after filming begins, he and his co-stars, Oscar-winner Kirk Lazarus (Robert Downey Jr.), comic Jeff Portnoy (Jack Black) and the rest of the crew, must become real soldiers when fighting breaks out in that part of the jungle.

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Ben Stiller
Tugg Speedman
Jack Black
Jeff Portnoy
Nick Nolte
Four Leaf Tayback
Steve Coogan
Damien Cockburn
Jay Baruchel
Kevin Sandusky
Danny McBride
Cody
Bill Hader
Studio Executive Rob Slolom
Ben Stiller
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Justin Theroux
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Etan Cohen
Screenwriter
Justin Theroux
Executive Producer
Theodore Shapiro
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Greg Hayden
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Critic Reviews for Tropic Thunder

All Critics (249) | Top Critics (54) | Fresh (204) | Rotten (45)

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    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 4/5
  • Though some of the caricatures wear thin, some of the acting rises to a high level.

    October 18, 2008 | Full Review…

    Tom Charity

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  • Tiptoes to the fine line between irony and insight and blows it to smithereens. It's hilarious.

    October 18, 2008 | Rating: B+
  • Cruise and particularly Downey are something to behold: They give this Thunder its lightning.

    October 18, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Tropic Thunder gives us exactly what we expect of it - lashings of easy fun, spare-no-expense action, actors delightedly pushing the boat out in all-out parody and a dig at the absurdity of Hollywood that the big boys back in LA will find quite comforting

    September 19, 2008 | Rating: 2/5
  • The Hollywood comedy Tropic Thunder comes at us like a mad army cresting a hill, intent on audience massacre. My advice: shoot first and don't wait for the whites of their eyes.

    September 19, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Tropic Thunder

  • Oct 06, 2017
    Interesting film that mixes genres successfully and showcases Stiller as a genuine director not just for comedy. The film maintains a frenetic pace for the first half but the jokes soon run dry as it moves to a rescue mission. I understand the films success but it isn't a classic or remembered as fondly as many other comedies. The film is well cast with some hilarious movie promos at the beginning, poking fun at the mega budgeted films of Hollywood. I liked the film and would recommend it but it's not a great film, not a cult film like Zoolander. Stiller should make more films as director as he clearly has an eye for the craft. 06-10-2017.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jul 12, 2016
    A pretty bad movie. Not very funny either.
    Peter B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 21, 2016
    It took me a while to get around to seeing this. I like the idea of it and the fact it isn't afraid to poke fun and parody the big Hollywood names. Not as funny as it could have been but it is still enjoyable.
    Ian W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 27, 2014
    One of the smartest comedies I've ever seen; hyper self-aware. Consistently funny and often laugh out loud hilarious, both in concept and execution.
    Kyle M Super Reviewer

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