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Wanna Check Out The TROPIC THUNDER Teaser Site Right Freakin’ Now?!

Hey, everyone. ”Moriarty” here. You do. You may not know it yet, but you do. I’ve been hearing great things about this script ever since last year’s now-legendary round-table reading, where guys like Bill Hader and Danny McBride were destroying with regularity, and where I hear this thing really came to life. I love the premise (which strikes me as vaguely THREE AMIGOS, which is never a bad thing), and I dearly love that Robert Downey Jr. photo from earlier this week, and now... ... well, as long as you pass the age-restriction test, you can see a quick tease of the trailer that we'll see a week from Monday, and judge for yourself whether this one looks like it lives up to the hype. I am now officially onboard the TROPIC THUNDER train, and I can’t wait for this one to hit theaters. Check it out right here, RIGHT NOW, motherfuckers, and watch Mother Nature piss her pantsuit!!

Drew McWeeny, Los Angeles

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  • March 7, 2008, 6:03 p.m. CST


    by thatdork

    how exactly is this exclusive?

  • March 7, 2008, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Uh yeah.

    by skywalkerfamily

    Is this the 80's?

  • March 7, 2008, 6:07 p.m. CST

    is something supposed to happen?

    by seekshelter


  • March 7, 2008, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Names, pictures and thats it...

    by tile_mcgillus

    best trailer eva...

  • March 7, 2008, 6:08 p.m. CST


    by griffy651

    It was just a glorified cast list.

  • March 7, 2008, 6:09 p.m. CST


    by Mel Gibsteinberg

    The Vietnam war was hilarious, who knew.

  • March 7, 2008, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Not Cool.

    by DHJeffries

    Let us Canadians see it.

  • March 7, 2008, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Personally, and freshly baked.........

    by Cybone

    It looked pretty f'n cool.

  • March 7, 2008, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Not working for me

    by Nick91884

    The stupid age verifications never work for me.

  • March 7, 2008, 6:11 p.m. CST


    by GORGUTS

    looks good..

  • March 7, 2008, 6:12 p.m. CST

    i had to let it sit for 10 minutes..

    by seekshelter


  • March 7, 2008, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Looks good

    by Beldo84

    Didn't show very much but the "piss her pansuit" line was funny, and loved the cigar chomping black man Downey.

  • March 7, 2008, 6:14 p.m. CST

    If War Machine is just black Iron Man

    by Magma Suit

    Why did they even bother casting Terrence Howard? RDJ could clearly play James Rhodes as well!

  • March 7, 2008, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Not about Vietnam

    by Beldo84

    It's about a film crew making a Vietnam movie.

  • March 7, 2008, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Why do I have to sign my life away

    by skywalkerfamily

    to watch a damn preview?

  • March 7, 2008, 6:21 p.m. CST


    by Codename V

    This could be funny or it could suck. Please don't suck... It's slated for August. Isn't that Summer Blockbuster Leftover territory? The ones that couldn't fit the bill during the real season get put in this slot... Then again, didn't Unforgiven come out in August? This could be a best Picture!! Haha

  • March 7, 2008, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Did Kevin Smith direct this?

    by Loosejerk

    Cause it sucks like he did.

  • March 7, 2008, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Why do they make it so difficult?!

    by PirateEmery

    Jesus, could a simple "what's your birthday?" work? NO! Instead they have to go through government databases looking for your Driver's License.<p> I sure hope it's fucking worth it.

  • March 7, 2008, 6:38 p.m. CST

    fucking Big Brother ID check

    by Ray Gamma

    That's right folks, this is the thin edge of the wedge... in the very very near future you'll have to show your ID card to take a shit in your own toilet. Welcome to the future.

  • March 7, 2008, 6:40 p.m. CST

    The reason it doesn't show much

    by JumpinJehosaphat

    is because it's a teaser and not a trailer. There is a difference. Just clearing that up for some folks here not understanding why this doesn't tell more about the story.

  • March 7, 2008, 6:40 p.m. CST

    does someone have an ID that will work?

    by Thoreau

    My name and birthday don't work, does anyone know a way I can see this thing?

  • March 7, 2008, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Could have used a joke or two

    by BitterMan23

    Would have been nice.

  • March 7, 2008, 6:41 p.m. CST

    "Driver's License"

    by Ray Gamma

    bahahahaaaaa, "driver's license" hahaha yes we all fell for that one you fascist cunts.

  • March 7, 2008, 6:41 p.m. CST

    love the song

    by waites

    This is going to be mother f**king awesome!!

  • March 7, 2008, 6:48 p.m. CST


    by BoggyCreekBeast

    I hope he wiped the jungle with those pussies Stiller and Black!

  • March 7, 2008, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Bloody shit age-verification nonsense.

    by raw_bean


  • March 7, 2008, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Think about this

    by Toonol

    ...everybody that actually plugged in your real info and still had it not recognize you: This is how accurate all the government databases will be. Terrorism? No-Fly list? Tax evasion? Real ID? All are/will be massively prone to error and fraud.

  • March 7, 2008, 6:56 p.m. CST


    by The Real MiraJeff

    McConaughey? Didn't they bring him in to replace Owen? Guess they're really keeping him and Cruise top secret...

  • March 7, 2008, 6:57 p.m. CST


    by caninedevotion

    All that age check id crap, for one "motherfucker." I'm severely disappointed. They could have thrown in some tits for good measure.

  • March 7, 2008, 7:04 p.m. CST

    McConaughey's role is a glorified cameo

    by Beldo84

    Apparently the film is stuffed with them.

  • March 7, 2008, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Steve Smith 78207

    by FreeKill

    Use it, and Love it!

  • March 7, 2008, 7:14 p.m. CST

    Age verification for a teaser?

    by thebearovingian

    Why? For a teaser that doesn't show anything? Fuck that. I'm keeping my oath and never filling one of those things out (as I'm sure you'll all remember my pissed-offedness for the last age verification trailer).

  • March 7, 2008, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Are Danny McBride and Chi McBride related?

    by Sudynim

    cause he's cool in Robert Zemeckisesses'ssss Frightners

  • March 7, 2008, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Zip Code: 90210

    by happybunni

    Thank you TV.... I use that for fake registration everywhere. Not here though! Of course not.

  • March 7, 2008, 7:29 p.m. CST

    avoid the registration use this link

    by MacBethsk

  • March 7, 2008, 7:30 p.m. CST

    and mind the gap

    by MacBethsk

  • March 7, 2008, 7:31 p.m. CST

    i refuse to watch this

    by bootle2

    how does this ID verification work? Why are they assuming I am a liar? Where do they get their information from, and can nefarious people steal it? This is a trend that must be reversed, and the only weapon I have is my attention, which I will be placing somewhere else.

  • March 7, 2008, 7:47 p.m. CST

    What a waste of fucking time!!

    by The Gospel According to Bastardface

    Worst teaser ever, and way too much fucking hassle to watch. Asshole.

  • March 7, 2008, 7:49 p.m. CST

    shit blows up!

    by ironic_name

  • March 7, 2008, 7:55 p.m. CST

    Use the link above . . .

    by Toulon

    I am fucking IN!!! I love when Nolte just goes batshit crazy, and as long as no one Bogarts too much screentime (*ahem* Stiller *cough, cough*) this could be a LOT of fun.

  • March 7, 2008, 8:07 p.m. CST

    sounds like some kind of KOOLAID

    by hyperboycomics


  • March 7, 2008, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Well that was tedious

    by O_Goncho

    Take that American government, which I obviously did not just play 4 da phool. The teaser doesn't give much away, but I was already looking forward to this, so it's all good... or at least it didn't suck.

  • March 7, 2008, 8:11 p.m. CST

    It's easy to get by the ID crap

    by Gilga

    Use white pages, stick in a name from that with zip code, use birth date over age of 18.. boo yeah. Suck on that Big Brutha !

  • March 7, 2008, 8:19 p.m. CST

    real entertainment news

    by bacci40

    hulk trailer to be run this wednesday....and rumors of a sopranos movie are resurfacing again....and you heard it hear first

  • March 7, 2008, 8:24 p.m. CST

    that was a pg-13 clip

    by bacci40

    and the whole, "we know who you are" id check thing, really weirds me i am gonna download that fucker and put it on youtube

  • March 7, 2008, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Non US

    by zer05um

    And for the majority of the global population...

  • March 7, 2008, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Oh and trailer did suck. Just the ending battle cry was good.

    by happybunni


  • March 7, 2008, 8:50 p.m. CST

    I hope by exclusive...

    by cinemaniac1979

    you mean not exclusive. /Film has this too and beat you to it. Have a nice day!

  • March 7, 2008, 8:56 p.m. CST

    look like a shitty 80s movie

    by Pipple

    I like it.

  • March 7, 2008, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Just put a "John Smith" in your zipcode

    by Rupee88

    and over 18 and it should work..worked for me.

  • March 7, 2008, 9:03 p.m. CST

    It worked for me...But then again...

    by glodene

    i'm probably old enough to be y'alls' niggas' ancestor.

  • March 7, 2008, 9:13 p.m. CST


    by mukhtabi

    That looked more authentically vietnam than ANY of those serious films! ROCK ON!!!

  • March 7, 2008, 9:21 p.m. CST

    i used a fake name

    by dauphin534

    and it worked

  • March 7, 2008, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Screenplay by "Etan Cohen"

    by mattdvs79

    Anyone else notice that the screenplay was co-written by Etan Cohen? Think that's a real writer? or just trying to be a joke on Ethan Coen..

  • March 7, 2008, 9:34 p.m. CST

    "Mother Nature just pissed her pantsuit!"

    by kyle051554

    Funny stuff right there. I especially like the tagline for the movie, "SHIT BLOWS UP."

  • March 7, 2008, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Wait, are people having problems with the ID check?

    by kyle051554

    All I know is that Mr. Asdf Asdf, born in 1910 and living at zip code 12345, worked just fine.

  • March 7, 2008, 9:39 p.m. CST


    by bacci40

    same dude....etan is hebrew for ethan

  • March 7, 2008, 9:42 p.m. CST


    by doctor_gonzo


  • March 7, 2008, 9:47 p.m. CST

    im high right now and i say it's funny.

    by future help


  • March 7, 2008, 9:53 p.m. CST

    Teaser Failed. Didn't make me want to watch more.

    by haitu

  • March 7, 2008, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Danny McBride

    by Series7

    Great, you know I thought MAYBE AICN would ween off this guy. But no TB'ers bend over and get ready to a big butt plug of updates about anything this guy does. May as well call this TMZ for Danny McBride. He is mildly funny. But something tells me he isn't the keystone that is going to make this movie.

  • March 7, 2008, 10:19 p.m. CST

    War movies bomb!!

    by skywalkerfamily

    We're in a real war. This movie will bomb harder than a Kate Beckinsale flick.

  • March 7, 2008, 10:23 p.m. CST

    RDJ face at 17sec = HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    by ludmir88

    is tom cruise reprising his rol from Born on the fourth of July?

  • March 7, 2008, 10:53 p.m. CST

    use John Smith and 10011

    by aversiontherapy2

    Date doesn't seem to matter.

  • March 7, 2008, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Etan Cohen and Ethan Cohen are two different people...

    by FilmCritic3000

    Etan Cohen co-wrote "Idiocracy" and has written episodes of "Beavis and Butt-Head", "King Of The Hill" and an episode of "American Dad", among other things.

  • March 7, 2008, 11 p.m. CST

    if its as funny as Zoolander...

    by MC-909

    ...i think it'll be great. Zoolander is far from a great movie but it's a good one to watch every so often. <p> And what the hell...Justin Theroux co-screenwriter? Why isn't he more popular? He was funny as hell in American Psycho and anything he does with the Stella boys is spot on.

  • March 7, 2008, 11:01 p.m. CST


    by MC-909

    I meant if it's as funny as Zoolander it'll be just fine. Can't call a movie great then compare it to one that I said isn't great, now can I?

  • March 7, 2008, 11:19 p.m. CST

    I don't care if the movie ultimately sucks

    by Laserhead

    That is the single best teaser trailer I have ever seen. Period.

  • March 7, 2008, 11:29 p.m. CST


    by The Real MiraJeff

    that's a great question. i wonder why theroux isn't in this, or if he is, why his part isn't bigger? he's great, i loved him in The Baxter. Imagine if the Apatow crew teamed up with the Stella gang? I guess it's sorta happening with Rudd and Jane Lynch in Wain's Little Big Men, but I'd like to see Rogen and Showalter go head to head in something, like some movie about a bar trivia contest.

  • March 8, 2008, 12:39 a.m. CST


    by Stevie Grant

    thanks for the info about Etan Cohen. I'm a big fan Idiocracy and KOTH. Good to know he has a pedigree.

  • March 8, 2008, 12:48 a.m. CST

    Thanks for the link MacBethsk.

    by Valin Kenobi

    The couple of fakies I tried didn't work. :( And no way in hell am I putting in my actual information.

  • March 8, 2008, 1:16 a.m. CST

    why doesn't the site work

    by sign1in

    I guess since their site doesn't work I'm not going to waste my time with their movie! I tried three times to get past the stupid verification crap. Absolutely worthless!

  • March 8, 2008, 1:34 a.m. CST

    AICN: Needs to Learn how to Embed Videos

    by kenichi tanaka


  • March 8, 2008, 1:37 a.m. CST


    by MC-909

    Dude, that's actually a really good idea for a movie, especially for those two. Though I do think Showalter would mop the floor with Rogen.

  • March 8, 2008, 1:50 a.m. CST

    Welcome to the internet Canadians

    by Pagz

    Alas, it seems if you're Canadian you won't be enjoying this trailer.

  • March 8, 2008, 2:05 a.m. CST

    Alternate Link

    by Leedrick

    This link will take you straight to the teaser without the age verification: <p> <p> I got a javascript error on the page in ie7, but firefox loaded it fine.

  • March 8, 2008, 2:15 a.m. CST



    hot dog!

  • March 8, 2008, 2:29 a.m. CST

    Is this Hulk Hogan and a speedboat ????

    by RobinP

    ....just kidding.

  • March 8, 2008, 2:32 a.m. CST

    Love the tag line

    by SpencerTrilby

    and the hallucinated still of blackfaced Downey. Other than that, I'l wait for a REAL trailer. Thanks.

  • March 8, 2008, 3:02 a.m. CST


    by pendy16

    Did I miss something in that trailer or is Robert Downey Jr. playing a black marine in Vietnam war movie??? Good God I love it!

  • March 8, 2008, 3:10 a.m. CST

    I saw this movie- When it was called The 3 Amigo's!

    by ThePilgrim

  • March 8, 2008, 3:19 a.m. CST

    Ah, more fucking anti-world age restriction bullshit....

    by Tourist

    ....Looks like this is going to be viewed via illegal download for me, just like The Foot Fist Way. Fuck you for treating your fans like shit.

  • March 8, 2008, 3:23 a.m. CST

    Okay, I recant.

    by Tourist

    Thanks to the above, most generous poster who provided the trailer link, I will pay to see this movie. Your fucking lucky, Mr. Faggot Totalitarian Fuckhead Film Studio. Shit Blows Up. I like it.

  • March 8, 2008, 4:22 a.m. CST

    screw the rest of the world

    by benizdead

    is this movie only getting released in the US, or didn't they think that anyone else would want to take a look?

  • March 8, 2008, 4:38 a.m. CST

    that fact that

    by conbarba

    they got john toll cinematographer is really fun detail. looks good.

  • March 8, 2008, 7:24 a.m. CST

    They stole Bay's slogan "shit blows up"

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Someone mentioned Idiocracy earlier. We are heading down that route. This could be great or not. I gotta admit Downey looks great. Hmmm a black guy in a war movie and his name is Jackson. Never saw that coming. Granted it's the actor, but still.

  • March 8, 2008, 7:28 a.m. CST

    Stupid American censorship rules

    by metaluna I have to fuck around making up some imaginary name and 'zip code' just to sit through a non trailer. Thanks. Way to piss people off. Hope whoever you vote for in November strips this stupid censorship and paranoia bullshit out of your country, like the customs checks and this kinda crap.

  • March 8, 2008, 7:31 a.m. CST

    Wait, does that say ETHAN COEN is one of the screenwriters?

    by Reynard Muldrake

    That's what it says below - unless there's another ethan coen.

  • March 8, 2008, 7:35 a.m. CST

    loading up slow as a mo-fo

    by Reynard Muldrake


  • March 8, 2008, 8:38 a.m. CST

    They should have changed the order of the cast reveal...

    by tonagan

    Start with Nolte, so people think they're seeing a "real" action movie, and then have the cast get more ludicrous as it continues. But what do I know?

  • March 8, 2008, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Joe Blow from 90210 was authorized for me.

    by DJSpoonfed

    Stupid age verifications are retarded. I don't know how anyone says they have troubles with 'em.

  • March 8, 2008, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Best Part

    by Mr. Lahey

    was someone trying to stuff the intestines back in with the end of a rifle.

  • March 8, 2008, 12:44 p.m. CST


    by Mister Man

    It's the usual marketing crap - it purposely doesn't work a few times. They assume they'll then get a portion of the entries correct, using the numbers for some sort of marketing bullshit. Blah, blah, blah. They obviously can't verify a person's age with the requested info

  • March 8, 2008, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Wah! Wah! Wah!

    by Vergil

    Age verification *sniff*...bullshit, can't get *cry!* stupid Big Brother! Wah! Wah! Wah! ...*sniff* just wait! ...stupid Bush Administration...ID card...Wahhhhh!

  • March 8, 2008, 2:39 p.m. CST

    by watchman13

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    by watchman13

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    by watchman13

  • March 8, 2008, 3:09 p.m. CST


    by emeraldboy

    Audiences are adopting a three strikes and your out policy regarding tom Cruise. Movie one, lions for Lambs bombed. Tropic thunder...I have no idea, if that will be good or bad but if Valkyrie bmbs or what ever its called bombs cruise's career is as good as over. then there is the hardy men.

  • March 8, 2008, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Here is a weird one

    by emeraldboy

    Cloverfield opened in January in the US. opened here in feb. and its gone. Cloverfield didnt even last a month. Thats bad.

  • March 8, 2008, 4:44 p.m. CST


    by Stevie Grant

    i'd wager most tom "Scientology" cruise has already struck out in most people's minds.

  • March 8, 2008, 4:45 p.m. CST


    by Stevie Grant

    "most" got left in that posting by accident. cruise is still a crazy, cultist... but at least scientology is making money off him.

  • March 8, 2008, 5:57 p.m. CST

    fucking americans

    by BurgerKing

    yeah not like anyone from any other country in the world wants to see this or anything. fuckers.

  • March 8, 2008, 6:01 p.m. CST

    fucking flash players

    by BurgerKing

    might as well go on a rant. when did using quicktime no longer become cool? OMG you can have flames overtop of the video!!! thats totally worth using a shitty media player

  • March 8, 2008, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Age Verification

    by hefferee

    The age verification uses state's PUBLIC databases to make matches. You need to have an ID, DL, or other public state record for it to work. It has has nothing to do with the federal government. Also, state's don't track access to this information so you shouldn't worry. I know this because I work for Sony in culver city and we've implemented it in the past on other releases.

  • March 8, 2008, 6:05 p.m. CST

    As kyle said about forever ago..

    by buffywrestling

    Asdf Asdf, born in 1910 and living at zip code 12345 <p> Seriously, not that hard. I don't live in the US and it worked fine.

  • March 8, 2008, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Why can't the rest of the world see this?

    by hefferee

    It's not hard to get around, but the site/tease is part of the US marketing campaign. Studios are going to start blocking/giving access to certain content based on your location using your IP address. In other words, you won't be able to access a US movie site unless you're on the continental US. There will be a few exceptions. Warner Bros. and Disney have similar programs that they're rolling out with marketing on movies this summer. Disney uses it to block worldwide viewership of's online televsion episodes.

  • March 8, 2008, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Secret to Circumventing Age Verification

    by saultonofswing

    For anyone wanting to access the red-band trailers on these sites, just use a famous person's address and name. For instance. Laura Bush 20500 11/04/46 I tried it on a few and it worked perfectly. George Bush, Daniel Glickman, any of these people whose zip code and age is public knowledge. It's that easy. You can find most on Wikipedia or other sites.

  • March 8, 2008, 6:27 p.m. CST

    hold on...

    by Stevie Grant

    why is someone named "BurgerKing" complaining about an American movie's American advertisement, on an American site, being directed towards Americans? Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

  • March 8, 2008, 7:17 p.m. CST


    by skywalkerfamily

    Man, he's probably a car bomber.

  • March 9, 2008, 12:32 a.m. CST

    This "implementation" is retarded

    by Mister Man

    Somebody is making suckers out of the studios, and some money on the side.

  • March 9, 2008, 3:57 a.m. CST

    zoolander with guns. strike blue steel.

    by maverickheartgoose

    Downey Jr wasnt as "black" as in the picture? Maybe surgery gets done half way through? RDJ may well own the year after this.

  • March 9, 2008, 4:12 a.m. CST


    by maverickheartgoose

    Also. Just saw the MI2 extra again the other day. If Cruise takes the piss out of himself, this could be his comeback. Before MI4.

  • March 9, 2008, 5:06 a.m. CST

    I heard that brad pitt

    by emeraldboy

    was going to do MI4. Now that Brad rules the paramount roost. and steve grant, most people struck off tom cruise after that Video got leaked on the net last month where he extolls Scientology virtues. All cruise's films and that of his wife, should carry the follwing health warning These products contain NUTS.

  • March 9, 2008, 5:16 a.m. CST

    oh and what is the story with Ptrick Swayze

    by emeraldboy

    Either he is dying or not. It was reported widely, ovier here, that he had 5 weeks to live due to the fact that he was supposed contracted Pancreatic Cancer and that it had spread. Now his dr and his people say that he responding well. I am confused. Isnt Pancreatic Cancer, uncurable. I was shocked when I heard the news on Irish radio. either way way I hope he gets better. Having lost my mother to cancer, its an awful illness. but Pancreatic cancer is a death sentence.

  • March 9, 2008, 6:07 p.m. CST

    What is the point of this movie?

    by darthvedder81

    It looks too jokey to be any kind of a decent action pick and too grim to be fun or funny. This will flop.

  • March 10, 2008, 12:31 p.m. CST

    ...a lion??

    by C00L DUD3

    No. It's "...for Brooklyn, Motha-fucka!!! Lolz...