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Tropic Thunder
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Ben Stiller is one of the most unfunny comedic actors out there but sometimes he is able to make himself mildly interesting (Zoolander, Starsky & Hutch and Dodgeball). On this, though, he hits the thing out of the ballpark. From the opening fake commercials and movie trailers to the entire script, casting and total laughfest (if you know your Apocalypse Now and Platoon scenes, you're in for a treat), Stiller proves that given total control he can do the job.

The DVD extras are classic as Robert Downey, Jr., stays in character on the commentary track.

Also, as this is the first Blu-Ray disc, all I have to say is...uh, there's not much difference in quality with Blu-Ray, folks. Sure it looks great but as do ordinary run-of-the-mill DVDs so what was all the fuss about?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Since buying Tropic Thunder, I have watched it probably a dozen times or more. Crude and innovative with an all-star cast, Tropic Thunder never gets dull. Read on.

Tropic Thunder is the tale of a fake movie based on a fake book based on Vietnam. It begins with four fake ads and trailers to introduce our main stars (as well as some surprise cameos):

* Rapper Alpa Chino (Brandon T. Jackson), who is hawking his "energy drink" Booty Sweat.
* Australian Academy Award winning method actor Kirk Lazarus (Robert Downey Jr.).
* Star of "The Fatties" comedy franchise (an obvious reference to the Nutty Professor series), and drug addict, Jeff Portnoy (Jack Black).
* Action star Tugg Speedman (Ben Stiller) who has found his last few films to be duds at the box office.

Take these four guys, each of whom have their own issues and agendas, stick them in the middle of the jungle with a rookie director (the hilarious Steve Coogan) and newcomer Kevin Sandusky (Jay Baruchel of Undeclared and Knocked Up), and you have a recipe for disaster.

Things go wrong on the first day of shooting in the jungle. The director has no control over his actors, and an over-enthusiastic pyro guy (Danny McBride, who steals every scene he is in) has just cost the film a boatload of money. Producer Les Grossman (I won't say who plays him, you'll have to see for yourself) and his lackey (Bill Hader) are angry beyond all belief. The orders are clear: get this movie back on track.

Vietnam vet John "Four Leaf" Tayback (Nick Nolte), who wrote the book on which this film is to be based, has an idea: Stick those actors in the jungle, let them fend for themselves, and film the spontaneous results. If you can get past this somewhat ridiculous premise, then you are well on your way to enjoying the funniest film of 2008. If you can't, then stop reading and do not purchase Tropic Thunder.

Tropic Thunder might be most famous for two things: The fact that Robert Downey Jr. was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for playing a white guy playing a black guy, and the controversy about some rude jokes in the film regarding "Simple Jack".

First, Downey: Yes, he was hilarious, and yes, he deserved the accolades. Everybody knows how talented Downey is, but if you didn't know it was him playing Kirk Lazarus playing Sergeant Lincoln Osiris, you'd never have guessed. The makeup job was outstanding and he did a great job. Since Lazarus "never breaks character until the DVD commentary", he stays Osiris most of the film.

Second, Simple Jack. I can understand being offended. Some people felt that the whole Simple Jack sub-plot took cheap shots at those with mental disabilties. I do not agree, I believe that the film took cheap shots at Hollywood types who are too dumb to know what is offensive. The whole movie, in fact, is one long cheap shot at Hollywood types. The character of Les Grossman epitomizes this. However, as I said, I can understand those who were offended and if you're someone who is sensitive about such issues, stay away from Tropic Thunder.

That aside, I believe Tropic Thunder really was the funniest movie of 2008. I've heard it called stupid, offensive, and boring. To be truthful you have to enjoy movies with vulgarity. Do you enjoy Jack Black? That is a good barometer to deciding whether to buy Tropic Thunder or not.

The DVD extras are scant, pick up the two disc edition for the real cool extras.

Personally I have always enjoyed these film-within-a-film stories, and Tropic Thunder adds extra dimensions. With a cast this good, this film could never be anything but a smash.

Enjoy. Five stars.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon August 18, 2013
One of the funniest movies I have ever seen. If you have not seen it, you should. :)

Tom Cruise's performace alone is worth it.
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on July 3, 2015
star studded cast, very funny, definitely a good for a laugh. it arrived earlier than promised and in perfect condition
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The opening movie trailers are hilarious and set up the silliness and eventual danger and suspense thee bumbling heroes must face. Some scenes are gross out so not for kids but they are funny in a dark comic way. Not for everyone, but I laughed out loud at some scenes.
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on December 3, 2012
A Must See, along with Team America, World Police- Robert Downey Jr. is terrific playing a black man- I'm surprised that the NAACP didn't create a stink about this one-
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Since buying Tropic Thunder, I have watched it probably a dozen times or more. Crude and innovative with an all-star cast, Tropic Thunder never gets dull. Read on.

Tropic Thunder is the tale of a fake movie based on a fake book based on Vietnam. It begins with four fake ads and trailers to introduce our main stars (as well as some surprise cameos):

* Rapper Alpa Chino (Brandon T. Jackson), who is hawking his "energy drink" Booty Sweat.
* Australian Academy Award winning method actor Kirk Lazarus (Robert Downey Jr.).
* Star of "The Fatties" comedy franchise (an obvious reference to the Nutty Professor series), and drug addict, Jeff Portnoy (Jack Black).
* Action star Tugg Speedman (Ben Stiller) who has found his last few films to be duds at the box office.

Take these four guys, each of whom have their own issues and agendas, stick them in the middle of the jungle with a rookie director (the hilarious Steve Coogan) and newcomer Kevin Sandusky (Jay Baruchel of Undeclared and Knocked Up), and you have a recipe for disaster.

Things go wrong on the first day of shooting in the jungle. The director has no control over his actors, and an over-enthusiastic pyro guy (Danny McBride, who steals every scene he is in) has just cost the film a boatload of money. Producer Les Grossman (I won't say who plays him, you'll have to see for yourself) and his lackey (Bill Hader) are angry beyond all belief. The orders are clear: get this movie back on track.

Vietnam vet John "Four Leaf" Tayback (Nick Nolte), who wrote the book on which this film is to be based, has an idea: Stick those actors in the jungle, let them fend for themselves, and film the spontaneous results. If you can get past this somewhat ridiculous premise, then you are well on your way to enjoying the funniest film of 2008. If you can't, then stop reading and do not purchase Tropic Thunder.

Tropic Thunder might be most famous for two things: The fact that Robert Downey Jr. was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for playing a white guy playing a black guy, and the controversy about some rude jokes in the film regarding "Simple Jack".

First, Downey: Yes, he was hilarious, and yes, he deserved the accolades. Everybody knows how talented Downey is, but if you didn't know it was him playing Kirk Lazarus playing Sergeant Lincoln Osiris, you'd never have guessed. The makeup job was outstanding and he did a great job. Since Lazarus "never breaks character until the DVD commentary", he stays Osiris most of the film.

Second, Simple Jack. I can understand being offended. Some people felt that the whole Simple Jack sub-plot took cheap shots at those with mental disabilties. I do not agree, I believe that the film took cheap shots at Hollywood types who are too dumb to know what is offensive. The whole movie, in fact, is one long cheap shot at Hollywood types. The character of Les Grossman epitomizes this. However, as I said, I can understand those who were offended and if you're someone who is sensitive about such issues, stay away from Tropic Thunder.

That aside, I believe Tropic Thunder really was the funniest movie of 2008. I've heard it called stupid, offensive, and boring. To be truthful you have to enjoy movies with vulgarity. Do you enjoy Jack Black? That is a good barometer to deciding whether to buy Tropic Thunder or not.

The DVD extras are quite good. There's a skit from the MTV Movie Awards that I found funny, and the movie itself is an extended director's cut. There is even an audio commentary where Downey performs as Osiris (remember, he stays in character until he's done the DVD commentary). There's also an alternate ending featuring a different fate for Matthew McConauhey (who performed admirably and hilariously, filling in for Owen Wilson who had just attempted to commit suicide).

Personally I have always enjoyed these film-within-a-film stories, and Tropic Thunder adds extra dimensions. With a cast this good, this film could never be anything but a smash.

Enjoy. Five stars.
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on December 11, 2014
Drop dead hilarious. Multiple famous actors playing out of character roles did it for me!
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on August 17, 2015
Hilarious movie that was shipping very quick.
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on April 18, 2015
Was a present that someone wanted.
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