Tropic Thunder

Tropic Thunder

DVD - 2008
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"A knockout of a comedy that keeps you laughing constantly. It's also killer smart, lacing combustible action with explosive gags."--Rolling Stone
"...laugh-until-your-stomach-hurts hilarious."--San Francisco Chronicle
"Two thumbs up!"--Roeper & Michael Phillips
A group of actors set out to make a war film and unknowingly end up in an actual war zone, where they believe the drug lords they come across are extras in the film.
Publisher: [United States] : Paramount Home Entertainment, 2008
Edition: Widescreen ed
Branch Call Number: DVD COMEDY TRO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 107 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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lukasevansherman
Jul 25, 2017

"Me? I know who I am. I'm the dude playing the dude disguised as another dude."

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JihadiConservative
Feb 21, 2017

Unfunny and lame comedy is a waste of a good cast.

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publicenemy45
Jun 07, 2016

Havn't seen this movie in awhile its kinda funny how technology has change over the years.

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Nursebob
Feb 06, 2015

Things are not going well on the jungle set of Tropic Thunder, a big budget Viet Nam epic based on the wartime memoirs of gruff and reclusive Sgt. “Four Leaf” Tayback. Not only does the director have to contend with technical screw-ups but he also finds himself playing nursemaid to a cast of Hollywood prima donnas; among them a heroin-snorting party animal (Jack Black, true to form), a semi-talented rap star, a fussy leading man (Ben Stiller, surprisingly un-annoying), and a faded Aussie matinee idol who underwent “racial reassignment” surgery in order to play a tough, jive-talking brother (Robert Downey Jr. in what should have been an Oscar-winning performance). At his wits’ end the director takes Tayback’s advice and dumps the actors in the middle of a nearby rain forest with instructions to find their way back to base camp while staying in character. Armed only with prop weapons and a map, the men ham it up as best they can while hidden cameras record their every move and surprise pyrotechnics keep them off guard. Unfortunately, unbeknownst to cast and crew, this particular rainforest is run by a ruthless drug cartel and their diminutive warlord who mistake the bumbling performers for an invading American army. Filled with hilarious celebrity cameos and an acerbic humour that harpoons everything from Tinseltown politics to cliché-riddled American war movies, Stiller’s film is a perfect blend of in-your-face comedy and pitch black satire. Glorious widescreen shots drenched in tropical colours, and expertly choreographed action sequences call to mind the meticulous camerawork of Platoon or Apocalypse Now, but this is more skewering than homage. Stiller concentrates on the darker side of celebrity, the lies and illusions one maintains pursuing that Hollywood dream of money and prestige; as the crew suddenly find themselves struggling with a variety of identity crises, a talent agent back in Los Angeles considers entering into a faustian bargain with a ruthless producer. And throughout it all the cameras keep rolling right up to the satisfyingly ironic ending. This territory has been covered many time before though never with such riotous excess; it may not be art, exactly, but rarely have two hours flown by so fast.

hania4987 Mar 03, 2014

well-done satire about the movie industry and filming on location ... some of the comedy was over the top. I know there was a lot of inside baseball stuff and I don't know all the movies they were spoofing but Stiller and Downey Jr were great.

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jvanderg
Aug 11, 2013

Would have scored this movie higher if not for Jack Black. He is far too distasteful and not funny. Great performances by Stiller and Downey Jr.

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lovinglife404
Mar 06, 2012

the only reason i watched this is because it has robert downey jr. in it, and i am IN LOVE with him. the only decent part was the end. but otherwise, it was pretty dirty, gruesome and somewhat disturbing. might be really disrespectful to vietnam war vets. i had a family member killed in the vietnam war, so it was a bit unsettling for me.

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tj_is_cool
Jan 05, 2012

Over the top humor at times, so the movie was not very funny to me.

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mad64
Nov 09, 2011

While I enjoy spoofs, this was so bad that I ejected the DVD half way through. What a waste of time.

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bdls206
Aug 08, 2011

This is far from a must see, but the acting is decent and there are a lot of funny parts. I would recommend this to fans of dark comedies.

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bdls206
Aug 08, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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bdls206
Aug 08, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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bdls206
Aug 08, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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corydee2
Oct 22, 2010

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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corydee2
Oct 22, 2010

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Oct 22, 2010

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Mar 31, 2009

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bdls206
Aug 08, 2011

Kirk Lazarus: Same thing happened to me when I played Neil Armstrong in Moonshot. They found me in an alley in Burbank trying to re-enter the earth's atmosphere in an old refrigerator box.

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bdls206
Aug 07, 2011

Tugg Speedman: This is insane. Are you really going to abandon this movie? We're supposed to be a unit!
Kirk Lazarus: Suck my unit.

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friedikins
Jan 16, 2010

"I don't read the scripts. The scripts read me."

~Lincoln Osiris

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bdls206
Aug 07, 2011

Through a series of freak occurrences, a group of actors shooting a big-budget war movie are forced to become the soldiers they are portraying.

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