Tropic Thunder (2008)
Critic Consensus: With biting satire, plenty of subversive humor, and an unforgettable turn by Robert Downey, Jr., Tropic Thunder is a triumphant late Summer comedy.
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as Jeff 'Fats' Portnoy
as Kirk Lazarus
as Kevin Sandusky
as Alpa Chino
as Four Leaf Tayback
as Studio Executive Rob Slolom
as Les Grossman
as chopper pilot
as Rick Peck
as Damien's assistant
as script supervisor
as First assistant director
as special effects assistant
as Jan Jurgen
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Critic Reviews for Tropic Thunder
Though some of the caricatures wear thin, some of the acting rises to a high level.
Tiptoes to the fine line between irony and insight and blows it to smithereens. It's hilarious.
Cruise and particularly Downey are something to behold: They give this Thunder its lightning.
Tropic Thunder gives us exactly what we expect of it - lashings of easy fun, spare-no-expense action, actors delightedly pushing the boat out in all-out parody and a dig at the absurdity of Hollywood that the big boys back in LA will find quite comforting
The Hollywood comedy Tropic Thunder comes at us like a mad army cresting a hill, intent on audience massacre. My advice: shoot first and don't wait for the whites of their eyes.
Tropic Thunder is, almost necessarily, a hit-and-miss affair. Its targets certainly seem dated. But it's hard not to warm to a film in which a character's cry of "I can't feel my leg" earns the reply "Ain't nothing but a thang."
Audience Reviews for Tropic Thunder
A very unique movie with an unforgettable performance by Robert Downey Jr. The whole cast does a great job, but Downey's Oscar worthy performance elevates this movie to another level. The odd dialogue requires a sharp ear to follow, but is absolutely hilarious if you keep up.
Apart from the hilarious first scene and a few others that work very well, there is little else in this film other than stupid, offensive jokes mixed with a lot of tiresome big action scenes - which seem to be there only to entertain those unable to understand the obvious satire.
A group of jumped up actors are making a big-budget movie. The actors end up in the real jungle in Vietnam where they are kidnapped for ransom. Great cast. Tom Cruise steals the show with his dodgy dance moves and makeup. The ads before the movie are hilarious.
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