Dead-on parody of Hollywood self-absorption and egotism has five actors on location in Vietnam filming a war movie with things constantly going wrong. They wind up alone on a remote jungle location where they are mistaken for DEA agents by the local drug lords. Stiller's the vacuous action star, Black's a druggie comedian, and Downey Jr. brilliantly plays an Oscar-winning Method actor who dyes his skin black when he discovers that his grunt character was supposed to be African-American. This and other bits caused some protests from people who didn't get that Stiller was making fun of the film industry's insular cluelessness. Tom Cruise hilariously cameos in a fat suit as a foul-mouthed studio exec.
Tropic Thunder is star/co-writer/director Ben Stiller's big middle finger to the critics who have noted that his career trajectory has turned pretty lame since he started doing family-friendly, lowest-common-denominator fare like Meet the Fockers and Night at the Museum. Sure, they made Ben billions, but where was the daring performer ...Read More
You can't ask for much better than Stiller, Black and Downey Jr. in this offbeat and seriously funny comedy (note it finally kicked the Dark Knight out of the #1 spot). Tom Cruise's cameo as slimy movie exec Les Grossman is priceless.
Downey Jr. manages to steal the show in a tour-de-force role (acutally, 3 roles perhaps?) as bad-boy Aussie ultra-Method actor (Russel Crowe, anyone?), who goes ultra-character in his African American role, then outwits some bad guys by playing a Japanese samurai type for a too-brief yet funny scene. Stiller and Black are great as usual, as are the rest of the supporting cast.
Great opening "commercials" and "trailers" open the film, and tie directly in to the central characters. Funny parody of Hollywood with awesome actors and some great cameos. I can't wait to own this one so I can watch it again! (the gag reel should be good..)