Tropic Thunder

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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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  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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  1. Negative: 41 out of 176
  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. Ashley
    Aug 22, 2008
    10
    I have never laughed harder during a film. I consider it a perfect movie because it did exactly what it set out to do.
  3. Jun 22, 2011
    9
    Super funny awesome movie. Very original concept (making a war movie by putting the actors in a war), and professional acting. All theSuper funny awesome movie. Very original concept (making a war movie by putting the actors in a war), and professional acting. All the characters are hilarious, and there's alot of movie references. Best funny action movie, next to The Other Guys. Expand
  4. Sep 25, 2011
    7
    If you exaggerate the meaning, "Tropic Thunder" is a excellent movie with **** good humor. If you look at me eye to eye for my honest opinion,If you exaggerate the meaning, "Tropic Thunder" is a excellent movie with **** good humor. If you look at me eye to eye for my honest opinion, its just a unpredictable movie that has its laughs. Expand
  5. Mar 7, 2011
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Let me just say that I thought the backstories for the characters were horrible. They were just typical cliched Hollywood stereotypes I couldn't even care for. But was the movie funny? Yes it was! Lol at Tom Cruise's rant to "Flaming Dragon"! Expand
  6. JeffM.
    Aug 20, 2008
    4
    This was not a good movie. I feel dumber for having seen this.
  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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