Tropic Thunder

Tropic Thunder, directed by Ben Stiller boasts, an impressive cast including Ben Stiller, Robert Downey, Jr., JackBlack, Jay Baruchel, Tom Cruise, Nick Nolte, Bill Hader, and many, many more.

The premise is solid and ripe for humor. Although I do not feel the movie lived up to its full potential, it was, nonetheless, a laugh fest. I honestly think it will be one of those comedies that has high re-watch value and gets better with each successive viewing. I just wish they had gone a little more crazy with the script.

I think it’s inevitable to compare Tropic Thunder to Zoolander because of the mocking tone of both films – one a critique of the movie industry, the other a critique of the modeling industry. I think Zoolander wins, simply because it felt a bit more coherent as a whole.

Don’t get me wrong, though – Tropic Thunder was a good flick. I’m already reliving some of the funnier moments with those who I went and saw the movie with, which is always a good sign. One of the things I found especially pleasing was the use of fake trailers at the beginning of the film as a mechanism to prep the story and introduce the characters. It was very reminiscent of Grindhouse.

Cruise, Black, and Downey are especially enjoyable.


As a side note, all the “uproar” about the use of the word “retard” is, well, a bit dumbfounding (no pun, etc. intended).


A web-based world has been created around Tropic Thunder with nine websites (that I know of) set-up for the actors and made-up movies in the film:

Very funny stuff.


4 responses to “Tropic Thunder

  • evan

    the websites are hilarious.

    i’d give it a 7.5 too, cruise and downey really made the movie for me.

  • mcdufrechou

    So, working at a theater, I heard there was controversy over the movie. I had seen it, but we were all trying to guess why people were so pissed off. I thought it was about the robert downey jr fake trailer. So, it’s the use of the word retard? I don’t remember that. Something with simple jack, i guess.

    Tropic Thunder is stupid. Slapstick/Wise-Alec jokes are lame. A joke is only funny if 90 percent of the masses doesn’t get it.

    I am bitter that this piece of trash beat Dark Knight for opening weekend box office records.


    I think this is also a good time to make this confession: Olympics? I don’t really care. It’s always on at the bars. I don’t like the coloring or lighting; snaz it up, world.

    I’d like it if all sports were combined into one super triathlonish event, that should end in battling a dragon like in Harry Potter and the fires of az-ka-baz-daz (whatever that book is called).

    As I’m ranting, where the hell are my dragons, science? Surrrrrre, they could probably design an iphone that ran on my farts and the tv tells me ever other week that science has discovered some new cure for the monthly baby juice leaking, but where the hell are my dragons? Society: you have desensitized my imagination. You broke it. You bought it. Now provide me with some tangible monster violence.

    You have a week to make your decision.

  • bobfunk

    Tropic Thunder didn’t beat Dark Knight’s opening weekend record. It was just the first movie to top Dark Knight’s sales since Dark Knight came out.

    I’m a bit confused why you hated this movie so much. I found the jokes within a joke within a joke to be very amusing.

    I mean, I didn’t think it was ground breaking or anything like that; I thought it missed the mark a bit, but I didn’t think it was trash.

    Note: I like slapstick.

  • movie buff

    Robert Downey Jr. cracks me up… he’s got a knack for not taking himself too seriously

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