Movie Review: Tropic Thunder (2008)


When Tropic Thunder was released in the United States almost two months ago, it was primarily known for the "Retard" controversy it created.

But after watching the film, I'm surprised why it rarely got notice as a funny satire.

Featuring a star-studded cast of actor-director Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey, Jr., Tropic Thunder is a riot when it comes to making a parody what the Big Studios are are doing in Hollywood. From stretching movie franchises to numerous sequels, to action hero prima donnas, to a pot shot at method acting, and even the whole Jerry Maguire-type of agent-client relationship, the film is spot on. I really found the actors having fun drawing caricatures in their portrayal of movie actor archetypes. Robert Downey, Jr. was great playing "the dude playin' the dude, disguised as another dude!"

Another revelation of the film: Tom Cruise! He's playing a foul-mouthed movie executive that likes to dance on hip-hop rap music. Really funny if you ask me.

The gross-out laugh moments are kinda far in between and the story drags in before the grand explosions in the climactic ending, but Tropic Thunder delivers the goods for the target audience. Forget about this movie if you're female-- this is a guy film all through out.


Rating: 3.5/5


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