Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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. 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. Unbeknownst to the actors and production, the group have been dropped in the middle of the Golden Triangle, the home of heroin-producing gangs.
Well la-di-fuckin da. What a cracker jack!!
It is disrespectful. It mocks itself and so many other films endlessly at every twist and turn.
But who cares when it is so much rip roaring fun.
We got Iron Man playing the dude playing the dude disguised as another dude.
Tom Cruise playing a bald, hot-headed, booty shaking man throwing a shit load of profanity at people.
Jack Black making fart jokes and craving for his dope.
Steve Coogan playing a character called Cockburn.
Ben Stiller trying to cry.
Is this not enough awesomeness to love a movie?
Oh Tropic Thunder, you ma ma ma ma made me go fucking ha ha ha that I had rain from my eyes from laughing.
I'll let Les Grossman sum it up: If you don't like this movie, you can take a big step back and literally FUCK YOUR OWN FACE.
Kirk Lazarus: I know who I am. I'm the dude playin' the dude, disguised as another dude!
After watching a dark movie like Apocalypse Now, it was really awesome to watch Tropic Thunder.
I was laughing till the end. And ROBERT DOWNEY JR. Fuck Yeah. Forget Tony Stark, Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes. Remember him for Kirk Lazarus. He is just fucking awesome and I can even say Legendary.
This movie is like a Spoof within a Spoof within a Spoof.
Kirk Lazarus: Man, I don't drop character 'till I done the DVD commentary.
I am just going to quote Kirk Fucking Lazarus in the review.
Kirk Lazarus: Everybody knows you never go full retard.
Tugg Speedman: What do you…
"I'm a lead farmer, motherf**ka!" - Kirk Lazarus
My two favourite comedy performances by non-comedy actors bookend this film. It starts with a bleach-blond Robert Downey Jr. in a hysterical fake trailer for gay monk erotica Satan's Alley and ends with a fat Tom Cruise with glasses, sweat patches and bling dancing to Ludacris' Get Back over the credits.
Can you see why I completely adore this film?
See, for me Tropic Thunder is everything that I don't like about modern day big budget comedies. The idea behind it is a very good one, everyone in it is perfectly fine, it's very well made, and technically and artistically very competent indeed.
But I didn't find it even slightly funny. In fact, the only funny part of it were the fake trailers at the start, all of which are very funny and all of which are a PERFECT skewering of so many different facets of Hollywood filmmaking and films. The Fatties Fart 2 especially was brilliantly done. And then the film starts properly and I don't think my mouth moved off…
When a film opens with some of the best spoof movie trailers in existence, you know it's going to be good. Then Tom Cruise turns up as a movie producer who rivals Malcolm Tucker in the creative swearing department. Actually, that'd be a great spin-off movie:
"One's a foul-mouthed American movie producer. The other's an equally foul-mouthed Scottish political adviser. Together, they fight crime."
I am a goddamn genius.
Mostly funny, with Downey Jr. and Cruise particularly good.
Tropic Thunder is the sort of unapologetically loud comedy that America does better than anyone else. Directed by comedic heavyweight Ben Stiller, the film is an enjoyable riff on the machinations of big budget filmmaking and the perceived egotism of Hollywood stars. Stiller, along with co-writers Ethan Cohen and Justin Theroux, makes a more than subtle allusion to Francis Ford Coppola's iconic yet troubled Apocalypse Now, which grants his film a realism that should be ill fitting but works to great effect. The performance of the cast, Stiller included, is an essential component of Tropic Thunder's appeal, with Robert Downey Jr. offering a memorable performance as extreme method actor Kirk Lazarus. The extent to which you will enjoy Tropic Thunder is down to whether you are a fan of Stiller's previous work (I am) but, even if you can't quote Derek Zoolander ad hoc, you're still likely to find a few laughs along the way.
(Review of the 2 hour long director's cut)
Second watch now and the movie remains really very funny, that much is certain. Even though Ben Stiller's brand of comedy doesn't quite sell me when he is doing it (something to do with the way he just overdoes everything for comic effect, its just not me) I can see here that he does have quite a sharp ability to make other actors do very funny things.
Can you believe Robert Downey Jr. got nominated for an Oscar in this?! I mean, he absolutely deserved it so in that regard it really isn't surprising. But the Academy actually took notice of a guy in a straight up comedy film directed by Ben…
A hilarious film. The Tom Cruise cameo part is awesome. The parody trailers to start the film. It's all very well done with a great comedic cast.
Ben Stiller really does look like my dad.
What a great war parody movie filled with laughing out moments and amazing cast that actually have amazing chemistry it's just great acted great directed comedy movie i will give Tropic Thunder
In the small town of Bagaces, Costa Rica, the Ben Stiller vehicle NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM was the most popular film of 2007, playing at its one cinema for six months straight. Indeed. For at least a generation, the United States' most profitable exports have been high-tech weaponry and shallow entertainment--a bizarre state of affairs, to say the least. Stiller's TROPIC THUNDER (2008, 107 min, 35mm widescreen), which he also co-wrote and directed, comments on the situation with a parable about inept Hollywood types inadvertently fighting a guerilla army in southeast Asia. The gags are mostly scatological, but Stiller also works in a lot of scathing movie parodies. Oliver Stone and BLACK HAWK DOWN are favored targets, but the underlying…
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