Tropic Thunder

2008

Tropic Thunder (2008)

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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.

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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, Rovi

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Cast

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

All Critics (243) | Top Critics (50)

Though some of the caricatures wear thin, some of the acting rises to a high level.

Oct 18, 2008 | Full Review…
CNN.com
Top Critic

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

Oct 18, 2008 | Rating: B+

Cruise and particularly Downey are something to behold: They give this Thunder its lightning.

Oct 18, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4

But its better moments of self-referential snark, such as an ace cameo from Tom Cruise as an obnoxious studio exec, have the feel of a superior end-of-term revue.

Sep 19, 2008 | Rating: 4/6
Time Out
Top Critic

For years now, onscreen and off, [Tom] Cruise has seemed like a bottle of barely contained crazy; now we know what happens when the cork comes out.

Sep 18, 2008 | Full Review…

Some of it is very funny, some of it is too broad.

Aug 18, 2008

Audience Reviews for Tropic Thunder

Apart from the hilarious first scene and a few others that work very well, there is little else in this film other than stupid, offensive jokes mixed with a lot of tiresome big action scenes - which seem to be there only to entertain those unable to understand the obvious satire.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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½

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
Candy Rose

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½

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

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

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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
John Manard

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