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.
"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?
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.
Best comic performance ever by Robert Downey Jr. That alone makes this film worth the watch!
"Okay Flaming Dragon, fuckface. First, take a big step back... and literally fuck your own face! I don't know what kind of pan-Pacific bullshit power play you're trying to pull here, but Asia, Jack, is my territory. So whatever you're thinking, you'd better think again! Otherwise I'm gonna have to head down there and I will rain down an ungodly fucking firestorm upon you! You're gonna have to call the fucking United Nations and get a fucking binding resolution to keep me from fucking destroying you. I am talking scorched-earth, motherfucker! I will massacre you! I will fuck you up! [hangs up]
[to assistant] Can you find out who that was?"
That quote alone is why this is one of my all-time favorite comedy movies. Thank you Tom Cruise.
Lots of nudge nudge wink wink humour here - self-conscious to the point of pain. downey jnr is just here for the ride and that's why he's the funniest - everyone else is just trying so damn hard to out-funny the other, which is why squeezing out the laffs is almost painful at times. It is hilarious though ... and cruise can be a very disturbing hairy, ginger, jewish, bald man.
Not usually into this kind of comedy, but I loved this movie.
One of the few modern comedies I find genuinely funny. I'm guessing on re-watch it's only going to get better.
Danny "Big-ass titties" McBride.
Fun from start to finish. It had me constantly laughing from the faux-trailers, to Tom Cruise's hip-hoppy dance at the end. I absolutely loved the way Stiller directed it.
(review written in 2008)
Stiller's finest from behind the camera, Downey gives what may be the greatest comedic performance of the decade and a career saving turn from Tom Cruise (arguably McConaughey too) lead to a wonderful parody of some of the great war epics and is still as biting and hilarious as ever...... but seriously when is Satan's alley getting made
Grotesca, absurda, medianamente violenta... y genial. Una película de burla que deja la sensación de un filme "serio" bélico, con sus personajes típicos y escenas comúnes.
Las actuaciones son muy buenas, destacando quizás a Robert Downey Jr. y a Tom Cruise (con maquillaje incluido).
Bens Stillers režisors, Bens Stillers aktieris. Labi viņam izdodas šos divus pienākumus apvienot, dodot mums vienu no 2008.gada labākajām komēdijām. Ja ne pašu labāko.
Esta película, a pesar de que originalmente es concebida dentro del género de la comedia, tiene muchísimos elementos de acción que la hacen mejor así que como de comedia. Llega a ser entretenida porque tiene momentos que parodian o se burlan del cine bélico clásico, pero al mismo tiempo, forma su propia historia dentro de la trama que la hace ser muy interesante. Es entretenida, pero no es la gran cosa.
PD: La actuación de Robert Downey Jr. es simplemente hilarante.