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.
Even better than I remembered, and easy shortlist for funniest movie of the millennium so far. The personalities are so strong and the conflict so constant that the jokes feel both inevitable and unexpected. Cruise is hilarious and the fake trailers are great, but neither is even close to the best part of this. The best part is the panda. Or the TiVo. The best part is everything in this movie.
Fantastic comedy. Jack Black's performance is a bit of a disappointment, but the rest of the cast is great.
One of my favorite comedies of recent memory. More than one Oscar-worthy performance.
Bluray, Casa pollio
==First Published 2008==
I was looking forward to Tropic Thunder, Ben Stiller's first step into the director's chair since Zoolander in 2001. The trailers and pre-release material looked incredibly funny indeed, skewering all the clichés of Hollywood and the war movie genre itself. On viewing, although Tropic Thunder is a decent, sometimes hilarious, comedy, the problem is that it could have been a hell of a lot more than it turned out to be.
It's all too ironic that Tropic's funniest moments are perhaps at the very start of the film, with a serious of mock trailers that set-up the laughs and the characters very quickly. The satire of the film is razor-sharp here, as many of these trailers are…
Dark and violent comedy is for the most part very funny and original though suffers from an overly long running time that adds little to the narrative.
This is a strong example of an American comedy pulling off a successful satire, with a bit of intelligence and a lot of laugh-out loud humour, which puts it ahead of most other comedies for me.
At the least, this should be seen for two truly great comedic performances from Robert Downey Jr and Tom Cruise. The two megastars are at times unrecognisable, which is very impressive on their part. The rest of the cast are great, but it's these two that carry the film.
"I'm just like a little boy, playin' with his dick when he's nervous."
I forgot how much I love this movie!!!! It is a laugh out loud riot. Kirk Lazurus is on of the best movie characters ever. From beginning to end I laughed like I'd never seen it before, I've seen it many times actually. Ben Stiller and Jack Black are serviceable. Robert Downey Jr, Tom Cruise and Matthew McConaghey make this move for me. Great performances by all 3. This is top notch quality.
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