Tropic Thunder Movie

Tropic Thunder is a film about a film. John Tayback (Nick Nolte) is the vet and sits in on the filming of our fab five Tugg Speedman (Ben Stiller), Jeff Portnoy (Jack Black, Alpa Chino (Brandon T. Jackson), Kirk Lazarus (Robert Downey Jr.) and Kevin Sandusky (Jay Baruchel). He is angered by their lack of reality inside the situations and vies that they should take the movie into a more realistic situation. He suggests they go to a more remote location that he remembers vividly (come to find out later there really is nothing “real” about his recounts).

Each character has a story of their own that plays out so hysterically throughout the movie you will be entertained; through Speedman’s trying attempts at overcoming his former role as a retarded boy (which Lazarus explains to him he played full- retard and you never go full retard), Lazarus’ issue of becoming too much a part of his character, Portnoy’s need for a heroin fix, Chino’s “issues” and Sandusky’s need to rise up and keep them all together. All of this and that is just the beginning of the film.

Tropic Thunder Movie Review

As stated early on, Stiller hit a home run and brought three runners in with him with this film. The actors chosen were brilliant with their performance and play together so well. The comedy is top notch, leaving out any political correctness (Robert Downey Jr. character got surgery to brown his skin to play a black man and Speedman’s portrayal of a mentally handicapped character). Even the minor characters had hit all the right cues. Nothing is rushed and everything is well placed together as the story evolves and you’re not left with any open ended questions as to what happened with such and such.


One could say that with a budget as big as what they had it was impossible to fail, but as we’ve seen in the past, the budget doesn’t make the film the director writers, and actors do. I will warn you that this is not for anyone who is conservative or politically correct because no punches are pulled, which makes it all the better because it feels like they really did want to entertain you for your dollar. And don’t worry about not coming out of this one without any one liners because you’ll be quoting it for a few months around the office or school or where ever your social watering hole you quote at is. The only downside of this movie for me is that I actually had to enjoy McConaughey! So for that reason, along with the great break dancing scene of Grossman (you have got to see that it is hilarious) I give this a 8 out of 10.

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