Tropic Thunder

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 508 Ratings

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  • Summary: Tropic Thunder is 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, whereTropic Thunder is 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. (Paramount Pictures) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. It's raunchy, outspoken -- and also a smart and agile dissection of art, fame, and the chutzpah of big-budget productions.
  2. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    90
    If you go see Tropic Thunder this weekend, don't be late. The four fake ads that open the movie are perhaps the apex of its considerable comic invention.
  3. 88
    A knockout of a comedy that keeps you laughing constantly. It's also killer smart, lacing combustible action with explosive gags.
  4. 75
    Basically a mega-budget war movie that makes fun of mega-budget war movies.
  5. All over the map, but it's worth enduring the botched gags, formula plotting, and even the racism to marvel at the genius of Robert Downey Jr.
  6. 70
    To top everything off, Tom Cruise may just have resurrected his career with the role of Les Grossman.
  7. 50
    The over-all effect is bizarre, daring you to be amused by something both brilliant and bristling with offense; if you sidle out at the end, feeling half guilty at what you just conspired in, then Stiller has trapped you precisely where he wants you.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 41 out of 186
  1. DavidW.
    Mar 4, 2009
    10
    Best Film of the year. How did this not win best picture. Comedies deserve more credit. This movie was incredibly intelligent. It is sad that Best Film of the year. How did this not win best picture. Comedies deserve more credit. This movie was incredibly intelligent. It is sad that some are not intelligent enough to realize this. Expand
  2. LauraD.
    Aug 22, 2008
    10
    Simple: Best comedy movie, I have seen in a while.
  3. May 21, 2011
    9
    acting was superb. funny as **** this movie was so funny. it had me crying in the movie theaters. Robert downey jr and tom cruise wereacting was superb. funny as **** this movie was so funny. it had me crying in the movie theaters. Robert downey jr and tom cruise were too funny. this movie was just funny. i love it. it was great. 9 out of 10. near perfect. Expand
  4. ChadS.
    Aug 14, 2008
    8
    Kirk Lazarus(Robert Downey Jr.) is an actor from Australia who prepared for his role as a black infantryman by studying Sherman Hemsley. Rap Kirk Lazarus(Robert Downey Jr.) is an actor from Australia who prepared for his role as a black infantryman by studying Sherman Hemsley. Rap artist Alpa Chino(Brandon T. Jackson) takes great offense to the Aussie's manner of modulation, because he knows that his people don't speak jive like a dry-cleaning merchant from the seventies. But just in case you missed the irony, his people might also take offense to a soft drink he peddles around called Booty Sweat. Alpa Chino, arguably, is guilty of minstrelism, too. Skin color loses some of its relevance, since both men perpetuate the same media-created stereotype that all African-American males talk as if they're imitating some musical idiom(jazz or rap, depending on the generation). Cartoonist Gary Larson of "Far Side(The)"-fame, drew a incisive panel about pigeonholing people, or in his case, birds, being birds that don't comply with our notions of bird-like behavior(the caption read: "Non-singing canaries take shop"). There's no intent on Lazarus' part to offend the black community; it's just another role to him, another opportunity to expand his acting range, a challenge. A method actor like Lazarus has an ego that drives his inner muse to be the "person" to the best of his ability; to lampoon his character's racial identity would be antithetical to the spirit of "The Method". In Lazarus' self-involved mind; black people talk like this. And even worse, that he IS black. Alpa Chino knows how black people talk, but that doesn't prevent him from pitching a carbonated soft drink demographically-targeted towards his own kind which would give somebody like Lazarus the wrongheaded impression that all black people are pimps and hos. The filmmaker gets away with blackface because he has the shrewdness to understand that the gangsta rap sub-genre in hip-hop culture, is an even more insidious brand of minstreling than the vaudeville acts from time immemorial. "Tropic Thunder" knows the language of "South Park" by heart. It satirizes and takes no prisoners. Nobody is spared. Nobody. When Cartman crashes the Special Olympics by impersonating a "retarded" person, he becomes the butt of his own joke, when the mentally-impaired athletes repeatedly kick his ass. That's the problem with Simple Jack, the handicapped character played by Tugg Speedman(Ben Stiller); there's no turnabout-is-fair-play moment to excuse the harsh depiction of the "full-on retarded" in this cruel, but undeniably funny movie. If you're reaching for a silver lining, though, you can make the argument that a male model(Derek Zoolander, from this filmmaker's own "Zoolander") is more "retarded" than Jack, so his own "retarded"-ness achieves a state of relativity. Expand
  5. EricE.
    Aug 17, 2008
    7
    Didn't go in expecting much. Was better than I hoped. Not an awesome movie by any means but worthy of watching.
  6. JackB
    Oct 12, 2008
    4
    Overrated comedy with a few big names which have captured interest. I couldnt even understand what Robert Downey Jr was saying most of the time.
  7. GilbertC.
    Aug 8, 2008
    0
    What a bore. The trailer is funny. But this movie isn't. It's repetitive and stupid. I Hate It!

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