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Tropic Thunder (2008) Movie Information

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Ben Stiller


Jack Black
Ben Stiller
Robert Downey Jr.
Brandon T. Jackson
Steve Coogan
Nick Nolte





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A comedy about a set of super star actors who drop off in the jungle to being shooting a multi-million dollar war movie. But, when the reach their shooting location they find that things are much different than they seem. After a short period of time, they realize that they are being captured, trapped, tortured, and finally, that it is not just a stage. They must use their military training and great acting skills to get out of their captured situation.

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Matthew Brady 08/11/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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"You want some! get some".

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FSUNoles27TS 12/16/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Black and Stiller can kill anything for me. This is not an exception. It is worth the watch just for Downey and Cruise's characters. But other than that; I found this to be a dud of what it could have become. I felt like I was watching an average SNL sketch for 2 hours. It wasn't terrible or anything, just extremely disappointing. If one were to go into this with no expectations, I could see it coming off as better.

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The premise itself is worth the watch and the execution is fantastic. The movie walks a smart line between being an all-out satire and a fully-functional, very funny comedy in its own right. The characters are all derivative of popular Hollywood stereotypes, but they are brought to life in a unique way by the talented cast. Robert Downey Jr., especially, continues his rebirth in Hollywood with a chameleon-like role that completely flies in the face of his more serious roles. By the insane finale, you'll be laughing nonstop.

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07/18/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Tropic Thunder

The movie has Ben Stiller as an action shooting star. And Robert Downey Jr. as a five time Academy Award winner. And both are doing a movie together. Even from this idea you gotta laugh.
This is the first try of Ben Stiller being a director. And he does a well job. Downey Jr. is just so hilarious in this movie, the oscar-nom is totally fair. Ben Stiller and Jack Black are not that impressive, so is the whole cast. Except of Tom Cruise. Yes, Tom Cruise is in the movie. He is so great and hilarious. The script is also excellent. That is just what happens if you have help from Ethan Coen. If Joel would have written on that screenplay too. This movie would have been more great than it is now. There are very cool twists in here and very cool dialogues.

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01/01/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Tropic Thunder review

A cast consisting of Tugg Speedman (Stiller), Kirk Lazarus (Downey, Jr.), Alpa Chino (Brandon T. Jackson) and Jeff Portnoy (Black) create a film from the memoir of John "Four Leaf" Tayback's (Nick Nolte). John advices the director to plant hidden camera's and make the film realistic to bring out the best in them. Had a few lunatic scenes such as eating a bat, a director being killed accidentally and yet no investigations, weird dialogues from Les Grossman (Tom Cruise), and a kid leading a heroin-producing Flaming Dragon gang just to name a few. Some highlights would be Portnoy being tied up on a tree, awards show and trailers. Tropic Thunder had a talented cast, truckloads of special effects, nice soundtrack and sufficient humor despite the mediocre screenplay and dull characters.

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Tell Everyone What Happened Here

Tropic Thunder can be explained in three words: explosions, drama, and hilarity. Although I was never really a big fan of Ben Stiller, I have to say that I was impressed with this film.

The story follows four actors that were suppose to make a movie called "Tropic Thunder". These actors had more than just personality: each of them had their own twist of past that made their characters realistic as well as enjoyable. Even if the characters weren't that original, I loved all of them. Each one brought more and more to the table, making drama and plenty of jokes.

What I have to say I enjoyed most about the movie was actually Tom Cruise. It's not often you see Tom Cruise outside of his normal "good guy" role, and this movie really put a twist on most of the roles he plays. I could hardly...

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  Armando Sanchez
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hes not really the main character.i guess you could say hes a sopporting character.almost every line he has is so funny ( no im not exaggerating.
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I loved a lot of the dialouge in this film, but I'd have to say the line about the nutless monkey was the funniest xD haha
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Nah, nah, the best line had to be "Mother Nature just shit in her pants!" 

Plus, the fake trailers were all hysterical, especially the whole Robert Downey, Jr. and Tobey Maguire one.  What a masterpiece of parody.

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I disagree about the best line of the movie.  It has to be from Tom Cruise.
"A nutless monkey could do your job."

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  Josh C
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The best line "You never go full retarded"
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