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UPDATED!! Jubba Judges Ben Stiller's TROPIC THUNDER ‘Many Degrees Of Awesome’ -- And Five Others Concur!!

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Longtime contributor “Jubba” and five others contribute here new reviews of the Aug. 15 release “Tropic Thunder,” directed by Ben Stiller (“Zoolander”) from a screenplay by Stiller, longtime Mike Judge collaborator Etan Cohen (“Beavis & Butt-head,” “King of the Hill,” “Idiocracy”) and actor Justin Theroux (“Mulholland Drive,” “Six Feet Under”). Stiller and Theroux's co-stars in the comedy, about on-location Hollywood actors who find themselves in a shooting war, include Robert Downey Jr., Jack Black, Bill Hader, Jay Baruchel, Steve Coogan, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Cruise, Tobey Maguire, Mickey Rooney and Nick Nolte. No downturned thumbs among this crop of "Tropic" reader/critics! "Jubba" speaks:
I just got back from the Toronto advance screening of the upcoming comedy "Tropic Thunder". AICN has been kind enough to post some of my past reviews (ie. The Strangers, Where/World is Bin Laden, Dungeon Siege's Crap Movie) and I thought I'd take the time to share my thoughts on this one. I don't want to get into any real spoilers and I'll be able to get my opinion across fairly easily. To sum it up: this movie kicks all kinds of ass and is many degrees of awesome. If you want to stay completely spoiler-free, just know that this movie is laugh out loud funny from start to finish and is packed full of great cameo appearances and solid performances. I'm not even going to mention the plot here because if you've seen the trailers, you already know more than enough. If you haven't seen the trailers, try your best to avoid them and prepare to be blown away at the theatre. From the moment the fake trailers started playing to introduce the characters from their previous (fictitious) movies, our audience was laughing and there were only a couple of lulls during the 105-or-so minutes. The three main actors (Stiller, Black, Downey Jr) all get big laughs throughout the movie. The best part of the funniest scenes is that they aren't based on gags, one-liners, or pop culture references. The laughs come from the actors being funny as the characters they are playing…the scenes are funny, the dialogue is funny, and the performances are strong enough that some of the biggest laughs are from the vocal nuances and facial expressions. Every actor turned in a solid effort here, but Robert Downey Jr. was the highlight for me. He had some of the best lines and the way he played a white man acting as a black man was genius. The trailers don't do his character justice – he's really just that good here. One of the best scenes happens when Downey is talker to Stiller about who gets rewarded at the Oscars and why – it had our audience cheering. I'm not a fan of some past Stiller characters (Zoolander, Starsky/Hutch) because, for me at least, it felt like he expected the audience to laugh without really giving them a reason to. This time, he gives you plenty of reasons. He's funny, energetic and is actually giving depth and life to his fictional character. His character goes on a personal journey in the film, the climax of which is one of the funniest things I've seen in a long time. Jack Black's character worked for me so well because he's not just playing the usual "Jack Black" in some new comedy. He takes over his character and really comes through in every scene he's in – though he does seem to have less screen time than the others. He's got some really, really funny stuff going on this time around. And then there are the cameos. Theare aplenty and they are almost all funny, with the exception of Tom Cruise who eventually overstays his welcome as a Paul Giamatti-ish movie producer. Matthew McConaughey, Nick Nolte, and Tobey Maguire are among the MANY big name actors who appear in some capacity. The surprises are well worth being kept secret, so I won't go into any more detail. The classic rock soundtrack and vibrant cinematography echo the many Vienam films that have been made and there are several direct shots taken from movies such as Platoon and Apocalypse Now. There are big action sequences that are packed full of comedy and lots of explosions if you need that sort of thing to keep you interested. There are surprise moments that catch you off guard and twists that keep you guessing as to what direction the characters will take next and it all works in the context of a fantastic comedy. So, I haven't given much away here and I hope most of you can get to see this when it's out. It's by far one of the funniest movies I've ever seen and for all the right reasons. I was disappointed that the torture scene with Stiller from the trailers wasn't in the final cut of the film and the baby polar bears were replaced with baby humans – but that's the kind of stuff I'm sure we'll see on the DVD and no reason to fault the film as it stands. It's just all kinds of awesome. I'll be in the talkback if this gets posted to answer questions and/or elaborate on anything I said above. -Jubba
The team of "Ryanatcollege" and "Jack Mehoff" says:
We just came back from a Tropic Thunder screening in the Bay Area and want to give you guys a review since we are both big fans of AICN(except for the terrible, terrible color scheme). In short, this movie is pretty entertaining as both a comedy and an action movie. In case you still don't know, Ben Stiller (who directed), Robert Downey Jr., Jack Black, Brandon Jackson, and Jay Baruchel all play actors, playing soldiers in a movie about 'Nam. The filming is not going well, so the director decides to place them in a jungle with hidden cameras and various pyrotechnics set up to create action sequences. Of course, actual guerrilla forces in the area want to capture the American intruders, leading to real situations that mimic the script the 5 guys need to follow. Mild spoilers follow. The big three (Stiller, Downey Jr., and Black) all play their roles well, but Downey stands out as an oscar-winning Australian actor who has undergone surgery to play a black sergeant and is easily the main reason to see the movie. No doubt inspired by Mr. T, everything he says is hilarious (intentional or not). His speech on 'his people's' oppression the last 400 years (given while awkwardly embracing an actual black man) is as hilarious as it is wholly offensive. Stiller plays a semi-played out action star who is looking for a career boost. His last role was of a mentally retarded farmboy in a movie called 'Simple Jack' in which he, according to Downey, overplayed the retarded-ness of being retarded (which is supposedlywhy it flopped - an interesting observation that actually makes sense thinking back to both Radio and I am Sam). Stiller's character is kind of similar to his roles in Dodgeball and Heavyweights and his best scenes include the one from the trailer where he licks the insides of a decapitated head and another where he performs a live-version of Simple Jack. Also, another thing we really enjoyed was how this explosion at the end impacted Stiller - easily the best of it's kind since MI:3 - you'll see. Black basically plays comedian famous for playing multiple characters in stupid comedies that can fart... so basically, he is simply a white and fat Eddie Murphy. Black is probably the weakest of the big three since his character doesn't get too much to do until he begins to go through heroin withdrawal. Watching him bite the head off a bird which stole the last of his heroin was awesome. One of the film's funniest parts includes watching him offer a blowjob to whoever releases him (so he can get heroin), detailing exactly how he'd "stroke the shaft", "cup the balls", and "swallow the gravy". Fans of Judd Apatow and specifically his short-lived tv series "Undeclared" will enjoy seeing Jay Baruchel. Meanwhile, Jackson plays "Alpa Chino" - a black actor/rapper there to give Downey shit. He was hilarious and the cameo related to him was probably the film's best. The other surprise actors you all probably know, but they aren't really cameo parts. They end up with quite a bit of screen time and it's thoroughly enjoyable. Still, it's a shame Owen Wilson couldn't be there, because you know the part of the manager was specifically written for him. The fake commercials and trailers before the movie were really funny and set up the characters pretty well. Anyone who has seen war movies like Platoon, Apocalypse Now, and Saving Private Ryan will really enjoy the homages to those flicks. All in all, Tropic Thunder was a pretty solid movie. The middle of the movie is a bit slowly-paced, but it doesn't drag. Everyone will say this, but it is true: between this and Iron Man, Downey Jr. is really on his game this summer. Now, just a week until TDK... (for those in the bay area, we'll be at the Metreon from 12pm on for the first 12am IMAX showing. Feel free to make fun of Ryan while there - he'll be the one watching batman TAS & begins on the laptop, in Batman costume of course). 8/10
"MichaelBaysDarkKnightScript" says:
Hi Harry & Co., Long time reader, first time reviewer! I just want to start out by saying that I'm sure this review will suck and everyone will tear me apart on the message boards. Ok, I got that disclaimer out of the way. I literally just got back from a viewing of Tropic Thunder in Boston (7/8/08 at 7:00pm). Going in I wasn't expecting too much. Ben Stiller sort of lost me with Night at the Museum and lets face it Jack Black can be fairly annoying. However, I did thoroughly enjoy Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny. Ok enough stalling...I'll try and make this review short to minimize the shittiness of it and avoid any major spoilers. The tone of the movie is set right from the beginning when you see the first trailer show up. It isn't a real trailer but one for Ben Stiller's character Speedman. Unfortunately, the theater I was at fucked up the sound and I missed what was said in this trailer. It's your stereotypical action movie trailer. This is followed by Jeff 'Fats' Portnoy's (Jack Black) trailer. This movie is called something like The Farts part 2.. It's an obvious shot at Eddie Murphy. The next trailer is for Kirk Lazarus (Downey) and it's called Satan's Alley or something close to that. It's Kirk's Brokeback Mountain but set back in the day. Oh, and Tobey Maguire is his nut gobbler. So anyway Nick Nolte's character, who the movie is supposedly based on, gives the director (Steve Coogan) the idea of shooting the movie guerilla style. Did I mention that this movie has so many ridiculous lines that when you walk out of the theater you'll be saying shit like, "take a step back and fuck your face", "I will snap your cock off and shove it up your ass", Ow, my ass" among many others. Sorry, it's very difficult to remember a lot of specifics because I was laughing so hard throughout the movie. I don't mean during sections, I mean the WHOLE fucking time. So essentially Ben Stiller plays a retard or maybe I should say Speedman plays a retard. Anyway, everyone else sort of figures out that shit is fucked and decides to leave dodge. Speedman is committed to the role and wants to finish the movie, even if he's alone. His panada encounter is priceless. Speedman gets captured and his actor buddies find out while trying to get to the helicopter. They decide to try and save him. You get the idea. Downey is awesome as "the dude who's playing the dude who's pretending to be another dude." This movie is basically the dirty words that you and your buddies will say to each other but don't dare repeat in public. For some reason there was an old couple at this screening and they walked out about a quarter of the way through the movie. It's filthy, really fucking filthy...filthier than Harry talking about Hayden Panettiere.(insert awkward silence/cricketts) Oh, and the movie is racist too...what fun!!! There really isn't a topic that is spared. I know that I've said a lot and haven't really said anything at this point so I'll wrap this up...I appreciate the patience. I hate Tom Cruise...I mean hate, hate, hate, hate. It's probably because of the whole Scientology thing..yeah I'm judging. With that said, his role in this movie is quite possibly the best part. I actually don't go into a blind rage when I hear his name now. There's a dance scene that tore the roof off the theater. This is one of those moments I hope no one has spoiled for them, along with a scene of Jack Black tied to a tree. So what's the verdict? I went in expecting nothing and almost pissed myself laughing ( literally, I had way too much pepsi). I actually checked a couple of times to see if I squirted a little out. Tropic Thunder is more then I could have hoped for. (Plant, plant, plant...there I took care of it for you) On a negative note, I'm not sure how much this movie will hold up to multiple viewings as a lot of the humor is shock humor. You really can't believe what they are saying. I hope that it holds up though. The plot was thin but then again it was a movie starring Ben Stiller ( I believe he wrote it as well..or has some writing credit). There were a couple of parts that fell flat..typically though these were just areas to bridge the gaps between the insanity to follow or furthering the plot. The last thing I'll say is that there is a very good reason this movie is rated R. Harry, if you use this call me MichaelBaysDarkKnightScript.
"Columbusgold" says:
Hello all at AICN! I am a long time reader and fan of the site, but this is my first time writing in, as I was able to catch an early screening in Columbus, Ohio this evening for Tropic Thunder. I will be brief in my thoughts and relatively spoiler-free, though I am assuming most faithful readers know the major actors who cameo or have roles. In short, Tropic Thunder works quite well and there are many, many laugh out loud moments. The audience I saw it with seemed to eat it up and I have a feeling this will be a crowd-pleaser. The movie earns its R rating and is not afraid to poke fun at normally taboo subjects for a mainstream comedy. In fact, at a couple points during the film, the girl sitting a couple seats down from me said to her boyfriend, "This is just wrong", specifically when we see Stiller's character's scenes in "Simple Jack" (however, she was laughing hard as she said it). So, here's a few quick takes on what I liked best about it: - Robert Downey, Jr. It seems to be his summer and Tropic Thunder will keep that going. Early in the film, we see him as Kirk Lazarus, the Australian actor (of course, he's in method actor mode for most of the movie) and he seems to be channeling Russell Crowe in a brief snippet when he's talking to "Access Hollywood" or "Extra". It is a brilliant performance. - Tom Cruise. I wasn't sure how it would work out with him in the film and I figured he'd just be in one scene. He's actually in quite a few and it is a legitimate supporting role. His entertainment mogul character with an affinity for profanity-laced tirades and Diet Coke (hmmm... don't I recall Harvey Weinstein always drinking Diet Cokes in a book I read recently?) is something to behold. The shock factor of hearing some of the filthy things come out of TOM CRUISE's mouth is hilarious and tonight's audience absolutely loved his character. If CrTheuise needed to show audiences that he has a sense of humor, he's done it. - The film seems to have a great time parodying war flicks such as "Platoon" and "Apocalypse Now", but it is clearly done with a lot of affection. Ben Stiller is remarkably adept at directing action sequences. You almost wonder how he'd fare if he ever directed a serious action movie. - There are also a number of other cameos that I won't spoil that I didn't know about going. All I'll say is there's a shot of some Oscar nominees (cameos galore!) that had me rolling. With comedy, I've discovered that, for me, it's tough to truly assess how great one is until you've seen it two or three times. My love for certain comedies seems to grow on subsequent viewings. This is true of Zoolander and Superbad and Office Space and Lebowski and on and on. I can tell you that Tropic Thunder worked very well the first time around and I have a feeling my affection for it will grow when I see it again. Thanks for listening to my thoughts. Please call me "columbusgold". Can't wait to hear all your thoughts when it opens next month. Best wishes!
"Faesforce" says:
What up AICN crew: Long time reader, sometime talkbacker (okay, its been a few years), and first time review sender-inner. I was lucky enough to score a pass to an advance screening of Tropic Thunder here in Columbus at the lackluster Lennox AMC. Just wanted to throw you guys some brief thoughts about the flick (damn your eyes Jubba for beating me to the first review!) Let me start off the review by saying that I recorded the movie in 30-second snippets on my cell phone - TAKE THAT YOU PARAMOUNT RENT-A-COPS! But I jest. Speaking of jesting, this is something the film accomplishes smashingly. Like Jubba said, if you saw the trailers, you already know too much. I thought the flick was hilarious, and judging from the reaction of my fellow somewhat strange smelling audience members, they thought the same. Of course, all of the performances were great, and every character had a few laugh out loud lines of dialog or scenes for themselves. The real joy for me was seeing actors in scenes together that you just normally wouldn't see, be it Bill Hader's assistant to Tom Cruise's (yes, he is a scene stealer in this) movie exec (and if you read this sight on a regular basis, that's not spoiling anything), or my favorite, Danny McBride's special effects nut with Nick Nolte's screenwriter nut. Awesome. And this is prolly the only flick you'll ever see with McCoughnahey (yeah, you guys spell check it) and Cruise sharing the screen. I give props to Stiller on his directing as well; while clearly he is emulating all of the Vietnam war flicks, and action cinema in general, that we saw as kids, he really does seem to have a knack for action. I always thought it would be interesting to see Stiller take a stab at a serious film (remember WAAAY back in the mid-nineties when he was attached to A Simple Plan!?), but for now, I'm glad he's stickin' with the comedy. And with this flick, he reminds me of a kind of comedic Tarantino, taking all of those war and action films and creating an homage to them; sure, he's making fun of the tenants of those movies and stealing scenes outright from them, but you can tell it is definitely with a lot of love for the source material. Anywho, it's this simple - the movie is highly entertaining, with more laugh out loud moments than any comedy I've seen in recent memory. Which is about a week for me. Seriously, I highly recommend it. Thanks gang, and if you use this, I'm faesforce (and I apologize for speaking paranthetically so much). Latah.

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  • July 10, 2008, 3:46 p.m. CST


    by long live the new chris


  • July 10, 2008, 3:47 p.m. CST


    by Ether.Thatsme

  • July 10, 2008, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Everyone Was Saying Cruise's Turn


    Was great. Are you a Tom hater, Jubba?

  • July 10, 2008, 3:52 p.m. CST

    trying to get Comic Con screening passes

    by irrelevntelefant

    anyone know anyone?

  • July 10, 2008, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruise...

    by Jubba

    He was great in this movie for 90% of his scenes - he was rude, over the top, and quite the last scene, though, he is on screen for several minutes dancing and it's just not funny anymore. I think everyone agreed with me that I saw the screening with...just a little too much Cruise by the time the credits rolled.

  • July 10, 2008, 3:54 p.m. CST

    So, what you're saying is...

    by Holeman

    Cruise is like Paprika?

  • July 10, 2008, 3:55 p.m. CST

    PS avoid the trailers...they give jokes out of context

    by Jubba

    Some of the things appearing in redband and other trailers are so far removed form the context of the movie that they could lose their effect if you have seen them already when you watch the movie. I did my best to avoid trailers and was rewarded with some great surprises.

  • July 10, 2008, 3:56 p.m. CST

    I can't compare Cruise to Paprika...

    by Jubba

    I didn't see Paprika. But if it was great in small doses and then by the end you don't find the same joke funny anymore, then yes I suppose they are similar in this case.

  • July 10, 2008, 3:57 p.m. CST

    "I don't want to get into any real spoilers..."

    by EriamJH

    "...but I'll tell you all the guest stars."

  • July 10, 2008, 3:57 p.m. CST


    by Bombadils_Bane10

    I saw this shit Tuesday night and sent in a review. I must be unedumaticated sounding though. Cruise was fucking hilarious and I hate that sick bastard. The very end was a little much.

  • July 10, 2008, 4:03 p.m. CST

    i didn't give away all the guest stars

    by Jubba

  • July 10, 2008, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Hey, I wrote a review too!

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    I used to get the odd review posted, but that's two reviews shafted! First There Will Be Blood, and now this? Come on, I didn't even spoil the cameos except under a section I highlighted as SPOILERS, and even then, I held back! I agree with Bombadils_Bane, Tom Cruise was freaking hilarious, and SPOILER, Stiller's obsession with dance sequences is a bit odd. Oh wait, Jubba spoiled this too in the talkback. Ugh, I'll stop whining.

  • July 10, 2008, 4:06 p.m. CST

    FUCK, Herc was the only guy I DIDN'T SEND IT TO!

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    I thought you only did TV Herc!

  • July 10, 2008, 4:14 p.m. CST

    spoiler tag then?

    by Jubba

    i suppose this thread should get a spoiler tag after all? but there are many more cameos than what i've listed...and to be fair, McConaughey is more than a cameo and Nolte is in the trailer. But sorry if I ruined anything there. Knowing these people are in the movie won't take away from the experience, in my opinion.

  • July 10, 2008, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Hey it didn't have the SPOILER tag just a second ago..!

    by Aeghast

    LOL this movie's gonna be so bad..

  • July 10, 2008, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Damn You Michael Bay


    Damn You Michael Bay

  • July 10, 2008, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Saw it last night.

    by butnugget

    Incredibly funny stuff. The fake movie trailers at the beginning were hilarious.

  • July 10, 2008, 4:31 p.m. CST


    by JBouganim1

  • July 10, 2008, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Bad_Wolf, There Is No "Too Late"


    Or too early. I'm always arrive exactly when I intend to.

  • July 10, 2008, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Jubba Ain't a Plant


    He's been around AICN forever.

  • July 10, 2008, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Bouganim, at least know a bit about AICN's writers

    by mefrog

    before you start yelling bullshit.

  • July 10, 2008, 4:35 p.m. CST

    postmodernism runs rampant at AICN!

    by butnugget

    pathetic. The movie was great. Really.

  • July 10, 2008, 4:38 p.m. CST

    thanks kevin

    by Jubba

    anytime i write a positive review that gets posted here i get called a plant. i wonder if people thought i was a plant when i gave bad reviews to Fast Food Nation or In The Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Turd? As I usually say to these plant accusations, I'd be glad to work for a film company as a plant if they offered.

  • July 10, 2008, 4:38 p.m. CST


    by Prague23

    Which didn't make my top 10 of last year but did my top 15. I love a satire. Is Tropic Thunder going to cause me to mix my oil with gas before I get my engine runnin or can I go to the cinema sober and get my laughs? Yes, this is a drug question.

  • July 10, 2008, 4:48 p.m. CST


    by JBouganim1

  • July 10, 2008, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Prague23: No drugs needed

    by Jubba

    Hot Fuzz was great. This movie is great. Different kinds of great, though...Fuzz was more of a satire, like you said. Thunder isn't making fun of war films, it's making fun of actors who believe they are the character they are playing and what happens when they have to face who they really are. I saw it sober and laughed a lot...some people behind me might not have been as sober...and they laughed just as much.

  • July 10, 2008, 4:54 p.m. CST


    by thebearovingian

    Dude, post your review in the TB. We'll read it.

  • July 10, 2008, 4:54 p.m. CST

    I'll be there opening night!

    by ganymede3010

    I'm Robert Downey stills the show:)

  • July 10, 2008, 4:57 p.m. CST

    and im just fucking with you all..

    by JBouganim1

    this movie looks great. Good review Jubba. You can sign off your computer now instead of replying to every comment tho.

  • July 10, 2008, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Damn you Jubba

    by Captain RawBeard

    for seeing this so soon. I have to wait til September to see this in the Uk. Any mention of the spoof making off.

  • July 10, 2008, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Captain RawBeard: no mention of the spoof

    by Jubba

    there is a trailer for it on iTunes, now is called "Rain of Madness". there were no announcements, giveaways, or Q&As at the screening I went to....the lights went down and the "trailers" began.

  • July 10, 2008, 5:18 p.m. CST


    by sarahtwix

    On imbd somebody said this on TOM cruise He plays a really vicious studio exec who has no problems hanging Stiller's character out to dry now that his career has washed up (sound familiar?). Bill Hader plays his right hand mand. Cruise was really funny in this and every other word was "mother f ucker"! It was awesome. He's in the final scene of the film too- which to me, was the funniest part.

  • July 10, 2008, 5:51 p.m. CST

    sounds good

    by Mr_X

    i have to say when i saw the early trailers this looked terrible. but watcheing the latter ones it actually looks like a great movie. RDJ is riding the wave man. hop on board people. it will come out of noweher and be a smash. much sister act!

  • July 10, 2008, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Robert Downey Jr. is: BLACK HIGHLANDER

    by g-ride9000

  • July 10, 2008, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Agree with Budgie Smuggler...

    by CaptainTripsUK

    Coogan is only any good as Alan Partridge, god knows what Hollywood see in him, his own character stuff is exceptional, but his big screen outings all seems very flat in comparison, Around the World in 80 days, Night at the Museum, all very very flat.. Same as Ricky Gervais, The Office was an amazing achievement, but he has NOTHING to offer Hollywood.. Extras was OK, but nowhere as near as clever as Office, all I can see in Ricky Gervais is David Brent, his characters all seem EXACTLY the same.

  • July 10, 2008, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Tropical countries are the best places to grow

    by DarthBakpao


  • July 10, 2008, 6:41 p.m. CST

    if you see one movie this summer

    by kafka07

    Dark Knight Dark Shmight. See Tropic Thunder.

  • July 10, 2008, 6:49 p.m. CST

    disagree with review on CRUISE

    by cekma

    this movie will bring Cruise back into form. Soon as this hits big they will greenlight the hardy boys stiller cruise movie. I saw this last night in nyc. Yeah stiller had fun with Cruise, but he was outstanding on par with Downey in my book for the movies mvp. I thought Jack Black was also quite hysterical and really got better as the movie went on. Really a great comedy. Fun movie that simple.

  • July 10, 2008, 6:50 p.m. CST

    He's funny, energetic and....

    by Leafy McPlantsalot

    WHOA funny AND ENERGETIC!!!! I AM THERE!!! Someone drank their coffee this time around. Stiller will own with his energy!!!

  • July 10, 2008, 6:50 p.m. CST

    I hate Ben Stiller.

    by OptimusCrime

    I will see this though. God, what insightful commentary I just provided.

  • July 10, 2008, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Well, neither Hotmail nor I saved my review when I sent it out,

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    Basically, I just said it was awesome, that Stiller hasn't done anything this good in a while, Downey was performance-for-the-year defining, his fake trailer was even the best, there were a couple little things I wish they'd changed, but the cameos were fucking awesome, and overall if you don't see this movie you're as retarded as Simple Jack! And it was from someone who's name isn't Judd Apatow!

  • July 10, 2008, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Coogan: good in good films

    by scratcher

    How good do you expect anyone to be in mainstream "comedies" like Museum and 80 days? He's amazing in 24 Hour Party People, and hilarious in Tristram Shandy. Maybe just Winterbottom films?<P> Thanks for the spoiler-free review. Sounds great.

  • July 10, 2008, 7:20 p.m. CST

    cekma: cruise before the credits

    by Jubba

    you didn't think this was overkill? you kept laughing at all his moves several minutes after he started? i got tired of him at that point and wished they had stopped using him before that scene

  • July 10, 2008, 7:27 p.m. CST

    OttopartS: you're the douche

    by Jubba

    yeah i'm in the talkback and yeah you can call me names or violently disagree with my opinions if you want. is there a problem? you're a double douche for calling me a douche.

  • July 10, 2008, 7:58 p.m. CST

    I reviewed this film for AiCN like 6 months ago Herc

    by BrightEyes

    and got called a plant many times but when the film opens everyone will see how funny it is.

  • July 10, 2008, 8:07 p.m. CST

    also Tom Cruise

    by BrightEyes

    Was my favorite part of the film. So goddamn funny in this.

  • July 10, 2008, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Zoolander was halrious.

    by ganymede3010

    The best part is when they were trying to operate the computer. Then the music from 2001 started to play as they hoped around the computer and proceeded to beat it, like the primates did the obelisk in 2001. Classic comedy.

  • July 10, 2008, 9:08 p.m. CST


    by the_desolate_son

    Downey Junior = funny without trying (which is the key to being funny) Black = about as funny as cancer Stiller = not quite as funny as cancer Don't deny that which you know to be true. And what is it with you American audiences,? I'm always hearing about how fucking rowdy your audiences are. Laughing t this, cheering at that. Y'all sound like you need to lay off the caffiene.

  • July 10, 2008, 9:22 p.m. CST

    BrightEyes: about cruise

    by Jubba

    were you still laughing at him in the final few minutes when the credits started? like i said above somewhere, he was hilarious but the joke got old at the least for me.

  • July 10, 2008, 9:42 p.m. CST

    tom cruise is not funny...he is evil

    by bacci40

    and now that i know he is in this movie...its pirate city for me...he will never get a dime from me...let him get xemu to pay his bills

  • July 10, 2008, 9:51 p.m. CST


    by shran

  • July 10, 2008, 9:54 p.m. CST

    The thing with American audiences

    by shran

    is that we're demonstrative. This movie 'aint a night at the opera. And also we like to do things that annoy the rest of the world. We get together and plan it out, you see. And then we just laugh and laugh! At least we aren't bludgeoning people at futbol matches.

  • July 10, 2008, 10:04 p.m. CST


    by BrightEyes

    I was. But I can get how you thought it could get old but personally I loved every moment of it and it seemed a great way to go out of a very fun and funny film.

  • July 10, 2008, 10:34 p.m. CST


    by Jubba

    Fair enough - to each their own. If he had started jumping on a couch I would have lost my shit laughing. ;)

  • July 10, 2008, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Um, I meant "tenets", not "tenants"...

    by faesforce

    I'm a dumbass. I blame the Miller Lites.

  • July 10, 2008, 11:50 p.m. CST

    Iron Man and Spider-man play gay lovers?

    by 2sdaychicken

    Cool beans!

  • July 10, 2008, 11:58 p.m. CST


    by posbasso

    Just Sayin'...

  • July 11, 2008, 12:17 a.m. CST

    Oh that's just cold.

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    Ice Cold.

  • July 11, 2008, 12:55 a.m. CST

    on an unrelated note...about TDK

    by Jubba

    i'm seeing the dark knight on tuesday and will send in another review if the site hasn't already been flooded by them by then. i have high expectations for TDK

  • July 11, 2008, 1:33 a.m. CST

    Stiller is an awesome director

    by theycallmemrglass

    Finally, he gets to direct a film since his criminally underestimated Cable Guy. Why did everyone hate Cable Guy as it was one of my favourite films and had hoped Stiller would direct more movies without starring in them. Interestingly, Jack Black was in Cable Guy too but was not used much. Seems to be the same case with Tropic Thunder according to the reviewers

  • July 11, 2008, 4:52 a.m. CST


    by applescruff

    Stiller also directed Zoolander since Cable Guy. I just saw this movie tonight on the USC campus. I was gonna send in a review but seeing all the talkbackers complain about theirs not getting posted I decided to hold back. I think it was really funny, and there were more parts of it that worked vs. those that didn't, but Pineapple Express is a better movie. I say this cause these two are about to be in direct competition and I thought I'd weigh in on my opinion. I recommend them both, but if you're pinching pennies and don't do two movie weekends in a row, then you definitely wanna ride the Express. I also saw Hellboy 2 tonight and I really liked it, but fuck that The Dark Knight will OWN all you motherfuckers.

  • July 11, 2008, 7:45 a.m. CST


    by Papa Lazaru

    For those of you who like Coogan but only think of Alan Partridge . Check out Saxondale . Classic stuff from Coogen . not as straight out funny as Partridge on the first viewing , but its a real grower on repeat viewings.

  • July 11, 2008, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Cable Guy

    by Papa Lazaru

    I dont get the hate for Cable Guy either . I love that film. Its on heavy rotation in my collection. Porno password is a game the whole family can enjoy .

  • July 11, 2008, 9:21 a.m. CST

    Thetan Level VII

    by Brayedar

    So I saw this thing in Boston as well, and yeah, I agree that it was pretty damn hilarious (and that Downey Jr. was easily the best part), but I must be the lone voice of reason here: The Cruise stuff is shockingly funny for the first minute or so, but then it just gets... kinda uncomfortable. It's so exaggerated that it starts to become, for lack of a better word, kind of sad. He's trying SO HARD to conquer his public image that it becomes transparently desperate, and the fact that he and Stiller are pals makes the whole thing such an obvious play for PR points that it's tough to watch without thinking of that. A little editing of his role would have gone a loooong way. Never did think I'd hear Tom Cruise say "I'm gonna rip her tits off", that's for sure.

  • July 11, 2008, 9:55 a.m. CST

    How dare he!

    by Dopenose19

    "Sure, he's making fun of the tenants of those movies and stealing scenes outright from them...". Damn you, Ben Stiller, those tenants deserve better than you mocking them and stealing them. It's not their fault they lack the funds or credit history necessary to purchase their own movies and have to rent space in others.

  • July 11, 2008, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Respect the Cruise

    by adebisiUK

    Not really a surprise to see Tom Cruise steal the movie. He's a brilliant actor who hadn't done comedy in a while (other than Oprah) and needed the good press. The whole scientology thing is weird but no weirder than a bunch of Kabbalah freaks, or even Christians.

  • July 11, 2008, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Film great apart from Cruise

    by Giario

    Are people really enjoying his work in this? He was far funnier in that Scientology video. In this he was shit. Nice bit of P.R. to win back the idiots I suppose. Otherwise the film was very funny.

  • July 12, 2008, 12:20 a.m. CST

    Tom Cruise

    by Project424

    Is it really Tom Cruise or just Ben Stiller dressed up as Tom Cruise? Neither interest me, but I just thought I'd ask...

  • July 12, 2008, 1:16 a.m. CST


    by the_desolate_son

    KISS MY BLACK ASS And then do it again, and again, and again. You slaaaaaaaaaaaaaaag!

  • July 12, 2008, 7:19 p.m. CST

    Any movie featuring a character in blackface...

    by NiceGuyEddie19

    Is by default at least worth watching.

  • July 12, 2008, 10:38 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruise: DOA

    by thegreatwhatzit

    Cruise has done irrevocable damage to his own career. A total tool. He's in denial of his own lifestyle (parodied on SOUTH PARK)...his marriage to Katie Holmes ("I'm not gay") is a farce, nobody's buying it...his performance on OPRAH was the catalyst for his own self-destruction ("I'm not gay")...his subsequent TV appearances turned into freak shows...and his latest outting with Oprah ("I've love you Katie ["I'm not gay"]) drew big laughs on THE SOUP. Consequently, LIONS FOR LAMBS died as a movie and DVD release--and VALKYRIE has been indefinitely postponed (Cruise's German accent drew sneers from the company brass). That asshole better be ready to live in that fat suit; another alter ego that can be appended to his gay/anti-gay facade.

  • July 13, 2008, 8 p.m. CST

    Listen closely desolate_son

    by shran

    BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! That would be the sound of Americans laughing at you with the success of yet another plot to annoy under our belts. We do so love it when a plan comes together. Come back and play again real soon. Once your green card is renewed.