Ben Stiller's satirical look at Hollywood, Tropic Thunder concerns the production of an epic Vietnam War film that quickly derails thanks to the giant egos of everyone involved in the production. Stiller stars as Tugg Speedman, an action hero trying to segue out of that genre. Jack Black plays Jeff Portnoy, a drug-addicted fat comic also attempting to change his image by taking on such a serious film. They star alongside Kirk Lazarus (Robert Downey Jr.), one of the world's most awarded actors, and a man who insists on immersing himself totally in a role. In this case, that means Lazarus has had his skin dyed in order to portray an African-American soldier. After their outrageous behavior lands the film's director, Damien Cockburn (Steve Coogan), in very hot water with producer Les Grossman (Tom Cruise), Cockburn takes the advice of grizzled Vietnam vet Four Leaf Tayback (Nick Nolte); in order to gain control of his performers, Cockburn drops the actors off in the jungle, planning to film the movie guerrilla-style with hidden cameras. When the group stumbles upon a heroin production camp, the actors are unaware that they are in very real danger.~Perry Seibert
The fact that this movie was made is amazing. The characters and concepts come from almost a different era. Somehow, it’s still as hilarious today as it was over 10 years ago. Robert Downey Jr as a method actor willing to go far and beyond anything reasonable is pure genius. Ben Stiller as a washed up action hero is a poignant and reflective of Hollywood trends. An effective ensemble cast and heavily tongue-in-cheek. One of my all time personal favorites.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
One of the best comedies.
Owned for 1 month when reviewed.
Hilarious throughout and Tom Cruise is the best part of the whole movie.
Such a funny and entertaining movie. Everyone did a great job acting, but the one that just makes me roll on the floor laughing, is Tom Cruise. He was hilarious in this movie. I've watched it over and over through the years because it is so amusing. If you want a little goofball action movie, this is a fantastic choice!
This is a classic comedy for the not faint of heart. This satiric vision of Hollywood from the mind of Ben Stiller certainly does shine a powerful light on the flaws, and faux pas that surround film making in Hollywood. One needs to understand, the lack of polices correctness in this film, is there to make a valid point. It gets a bad wrap from those that are faint of heart.