Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr. lead an ensemble cast in "Tropic Thunder," an action comedy about a group of self-absorbed actors who set out to make the most expensive war film. After ballooning costs force the studio to cancel the movie, the frustrated director refuses to stop shooting, leading his cast into the jungles of Southeast Asia, where they encounter real bad guys.
The movie they think they're making... isn't a movie anymore.. Vietnam veteran 'Four Leaf' Tayback's memoir, Tropic Thunder, is being made into a film, but Director Damien Cockburn can’t control the cast of prima donnas. Behind schedule and over budget, Cockburn is ordered by a studio executive to get filming back on track, or risk its cancellation. On Tayback's advice, Cockburn drops the actors into the middle of the jungle to film the remaining scenes but, unbeknownst to the actors and production, the group have been dropped in the middle of the Golden Triangle, the home of heroin-producing gangs.. Tropic Thunder Wiki
Given the high praise that this movie has received, and the fact that I love comedies, this movie was so disappointing for many reasons. Writing: Had I known that Ben Stiller also served as one of the writers for this movie, I might have lowered my expectations. I have seen some good movies of his, like Night at the Museum, but this movie did not even make an effort to make witty or clever jokes. C- Acting: Like the writing, the acting was also uninspired. Most of the actors seemed to just be phoning it in. However, I was quite surprised by Tom Cruise, since I was not even aware that it was him until the end credits rolled. Another of the better performers was Robert Downey, Jr., who made the most of his character. Other than that, nothing really stands out. C+ Entertainment Value: With such a script, and with a relatively short runtime of 106 minutes (which felt like 3 hours), it is very unlikely that I would willingly sit this one out again, let alone recommend it to anyone else. C- Final Veredict: Taking the aforementioned factors, in addition to other factors as well, Tropic Thunder is a surprisingly and rather unenjoyable comedy. D+
Has Hollywood really run out of ideas? Because Ben Stiller brings us a hilariously original satire of Hollywood. Basically, it’s Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back set to the backdrop of filming a war film based on an in-movie book. They waste no time establishing the characters through fake ads for their products and films before getting to the movie. We open with the aforementioned fake ads before the logo of the studio behind this film, which feels jarring, but is oddly unique, and the pacing stabilizes sooner rather than later. We then get right to the shooting of the war movie that ends with a botched scene and falling a month behind schedule in five days. We meet our cast here: Tugg Speedman (Ben Stiller), Kirk Lazarus (Robert Downey Jr.), Alpha Chino (Brandon T. Jackson), and Jeff Portnoy (Jack Black), none of whom can really do what director Damien Cockburn (Steve Coogan) asks of them, resulting in a new type of filmmaking: planting cameras in the jungle, and making the actors do their thing by creating a more realistic environment. What follows after the director is blown up by a landmine is a rip roaringly hilarious tale of Hollywood actors getting a more real taste of war than dressing up and playing soldier in front of a camera could ever get them. Each member of the group has their moment, especially one between Alpha Chino and Kirk Lazarus that addresses the blackface controversy by having Alpha say what’s on a lot of viewers’ minds. To be clear, RDJ is not trying to play a black guy: he is playing a white guy cast as a black guy who surgically alters his skin to accommodate the role. He doesn’t wear blackface to mock the race, but to mock the use of blackface in movies, because fun fact: early films with black characters sometimes had white actors do just that, such as in Birth of a Nation from 1915. There’s a whole lot of stuff that shouldn’t make sense in this movie, but this is an over-the-top world, so just roll with the laughs. They aren’t trying to force this believable world on us, just doing what the story asks to make fun of Hollywood and have a good laugh at it. My only complaint would be some cheap effects, and not ones that were part of the movie shoot within the movie. I think they were supposed to be that way, but I feel like they forced too much out of that. Otherwise, everything else goes down for a reason, keeping this film from being a sequence of incoherent babble and laughter. Another great way they keep the audience engaged is through Theodore Shapiro’s soundtrack, which captures the wild nature of the big action sequences with electric guitar tunes I just can’t help but laugh at with the scenes they’re paired with. Tropic Thunder brings the laughs in every darn way possible, with sailor language and dirty jokes throughout. They have fun while making fun at the same time.
This movie will m-m-mu-m-m-make you laugh.
I have seen a lot of movies in my life. I have seen good movies like elysium and district 9 and terrible movies like guardians of the craplaxy and american slacker. out of all the movies I have seen this is the best one out of them all. the acting is great and the comedie is amazing. watch this movie NOW!
I take back anything bad I ever said about Tom Cruise. He should have gotten an Oscar for his portrayal of Les Grossman. This movie is on the cutting edge of creativity by any standard, especially when compared the garbage that Hollywood continues to regurgitate on a regular basis. I can honestly watch this one over and over. Truly a gem in the rough.
BEST MOVIE EVER
I have to admit, this is not my kind of movie really. It was entertaining and had really good gems among mostly blah (for me). I would probably rate the movie a 3 were it not for Tom Cruise. His character and that dance during the end credits are worth the price of the movie alone. OMG you gotta see that.
"What do you mean you people"
This movies awesome and funny
Watched this movie at 7 and will laugh about it the rest of my life
This awful movie has most certainly made its way on to the list of the worst movies i have ever seen. If it was possible to un watch it and get that time back again, i would.
I should have listened to everyone telling me this was a bad movie. Absolutely shocking.
Soooooo damn hilarious!!!!!!!!
The best comedy movie I have ever seen in my. life I strongly agree to anyone. They should make a number 2!!!!!
The funniest first 20mins of a movie that I have ever seen! I love the actors, and especially Robert Downey Jr. really hits his stride in this. A bit of a lull period in the middle of the film, but stick with it, you won't regret it! Not usually a fan of Tom Cruise in the slightest, but he's great in this! Really, really funny!
This is not a good movie...... IT'S A FRIKEN AWESOME MOVIE!!! Best movie of..... EVER!!! Note, if you have sensitive parents who don't let you watch stuff over pg....... BUY IT ANY WAY CAUSE IT IS WAY TOOOOOOOOO GOOD TO MISS! Double note: Yes it does have rude language but it is rated MA 15 + frequent coarse language, come on what do you expect a barbie movie?
Why is it still $25?? inception only been out for about 2 months and they've already dropped the price on inception by 5 dollars. C'mon iTunes, cut us some slack. but it is a good movie!!
Buy it, enough said
I recon the funniest movie of the 2009, made me laugh my head off. Luckily, my parents wernt sensitive ones( unlike some other reviews here) and I watched this over and over again.
To kaitie I'm 12, I watched it and it was hilarious.
rubbish acting, poor story-line and not a single shot i thought was funny!
A few genius moments of comedy, particularly one from Downey Jr (look out for the Lead Farmer!!) Overall though very poor.
This had a couple of really really funny moments, but sadly not enough for it to be considered a good film. So much potential, and so little done with it :-(
Great idea to put a comedy twist on the classic war movie recipe, it really worked. But I must say Tom Cruise made this film for me, he made an unexpected yet brilliant addition to this film. Definitely a must see movie that can be watched over and over again.
what a funny movie !! well worth renting and then sitting back, earphones and rpar out loud !! Enjoy.............
I could go in to how bad this film was and how much of a disaster the film, But it would take an unbelievably long time. So I will sum it up quickly Jack Black was the only funny guy in the whole film, they had all these great actors in the same film but they had a terrible director who just ruined the whole film. The plot was not very funny either.
this one was the worst movie i have ever seen, because the 4 main characters do not go and the scenes seem exceedingly confusign definitly a miss.
Dont listen to the film critics about this movie, its absolutely awesome. It is not a serious movie which is why the critics gave it such a bad reputation, but this is the reason why its so funny because its so unserious and stupid...hillariously stupid. Robert Downey Jr in particular is fantastic, but also Tom Cruise and Mathew McConaghuey make fools of themeselves and are very funny. Watch this film it is very good...
Stiller, Downey Jr and Black put up a great performance supported by Tom Cruise to make the funniest film of the year.
Wonderful cameos by a group of well known actors, the best of whom would have to be Tom Cruise in his role as the sleezeball movie director. Many hilarious references to scenes from other great "war movies" of the Platoon/Apocolypse Now/Arnie/Stallone genre. But, the best bit is the soundtrack. When is that going to be released ? I'd buy it in an instant.
This movie was far better than I expected. Viewed as a whole it does seem a little mediocre but there were so many parts of it that were genuinely funny that in hindsight I would definitely say that it was an entertaining if somewhat crude comedy that while perhaps isn't a cinematic masterpiece was most definitely highly enjoyable