Tropic Thunder


Action / Adventure / Comedy / War

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 82%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 70%
IMDb Rating 7 10 404623

Keywords:   duringcreditsstinger, satire, parody, jungle, movie business

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April 25, 2022 at 10:32 PM



Tom Cruise as Les Grossman - Grossman's Office
Ben Stiller as Tugg Speedman - Hot LZ
Robert Downey Jr. as Kirk Lazarus
Tobey Maguire as Himself
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23.976 fps
2 hr 1 min
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2 hr 1 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by MartinHafer 4 / 10

Despite appearances, down deep, this film is extremely formulaic

A group of idiotic spoiled actors are on location in Southeast Asia in order to make a war film. However, the project is running amok and the director has no control over the actors. Finally, in desperation, he takes just the actors, writer and special effects man into the jungle and dumps them--forcing them to act without the entourages, cell phones and the like. However, shortly after he does this, the group wanders into a real war zone and it takes some time for the hapless actors to realize the shooting is real as well as to get out alive.

I found much of the first 30 minutes or so of TROPIC THUNDER to be highly offensive but also clever, as the audience gets inside into the behind the scenes aspects of making a film. The language was unbearably crude as the film makers seemed to think that screaming long strings of obscenities was funny, but at least the idea of showing a problem movie being made was reasonably clever. However, after this decent (but crude) setup, the film floundered as it seemed to be pure formula. In other words, despite being set in the jungles of Southeast Asia, the audience knew exactly what would happen because this type of film has been made again and again. They knew that the group of idiot actors would somehow get it together and become a cohesive group--like REMEMBER THE TITANS and so many other films. And, they also knew that despite 100,000 live bullets supposedly being shot at our group, no one would die or even suffer a significant injury!! And, by the end of the film, all the actors will have resolved their life issues in the process--the gay guy coming to grips with being gay, the chameleon-like actor realizing he has no idea who he really is any more and the lousy actor finally getting it together and earning that Oscar. Puh-leeze!!

So, really, apart from a few jokes here and there and some interesting interplay between Robert Downey and Ben Stiller as two nutty method actors, this movie offered nothing that wasn't predictable--just film cliché after film cliché. Frankly, when all was said and done, I felt a bit gypped--I wanted a film that took risks and tried to be something more than just another buddy film. Apart from a couple prosthetic arms on Nick Nolte and black-face makeup on Robert Downey, I just felt the film was the same old Hollywood film formula recycled yet again--with a bit of RAMBO II thrown in to boot. Plus, to cap it off, some of the performances (like the one-note film exec ridiculously overplayed by Tom Cruise) were just awful.

How could this film have made so much money?! It's got a few good moments but also abounds with clichés.

Reviewed by bkoganbing 6 / 10

Blood And Guts And Agents

Though the satire is heavy handed at times, there is still enough to get some really good laughs from Tropic Thunder, Ben Stiller and Justin Theroux's salute to blood and guts war films.

I think Stiller and Theroux got their idea for this film from The Three Amigos. If you'll remember three Hollywood silent western stars are transported to Mexico which if you'll remember was in one anarchic state during the teen years of the last century.

What we have here is a few actors who are doing a Vietnam War movie in Vietnam giving the director and producer all kinds of grief with their various hangups. What to do is set them down in total isolation in the jungle with cameras and explosive devices.

Unfortunately that part of the jungle is now the turf of some nasty drug dealers who are intrepid actors have to do some real battle with. Especially after they capture one of them, Ben Stiller, and the ransom they demand from the producers ain't forthcoming.

The best gag in the film is Tom Cruise and the hilarious portrayal he gives in an unbilled role. I can't say more because that is the whole point of the joke.

Tropic Thunder could have stood some improvement, but I laughed pretty good in the theater. The film is also politically incorrect as all get out as you will discover in Robert Downey, Jr.'s part.

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 7 / 10

RDJ standout in a sea of ridiculous characters

A big budget movie shoot in Vietnam is running into difficulties. Special effects Cody (Danny McBride) wastes a big explosion when the camera isn't even shooting. Tugg Speedman (Ben Stiller) is a top action star who is struggling after a few flops. Jeff Portnoy (Jack Black) is a fat hard partying sissy. Kirk Lazarus (Robert Downey Jr.) is a method actor who turned himself black for the movie. Damien Cockburn (Steve Coogan) is the bumbling director under tremendous pressure from the financier Les Grossman (Tom Cruise). Four Leaf Tayback (Nick Nolte) proposes to take the cast deep into the jungle to shoot guerrilla style. Only it may be too guerrilla when they run into real poppy growing local armed thugs.

Written by Ben Stiller and Justin Theroux, this is a satire of a big time Hollywood production. It's a lot of stupidity. The jokes aren't necessarily sharp or biting. It is a jumble of ridiculous characters doing ridiculous things. In a movie fill with over the top performances, Robert Downey Jr. stands above them all. He outshines everybody and turns in the best performance by being stone faced serious.

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