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Capone Loves TROPIC THUNDER's Enormously Funny Balls

Hey everyone. Capone at Comic-Con here. You know, for a convention that is rooted in comic books, they sure are screening a lot of comedies this year. So far, I'm good with that. Read on... I didn't know if I'd see a mainstream comedy like TROPIC THUNDER ever again, and I certainly didn't think that Ben Stiller or Tom Cruise would have anything to do with it. TROPIC THUNDER is a comedy with balls…actual heaving, sweaty balls swaying to and fro as if to say, "Hey you. I dare you to kick me, to challenge my scrotal power, my swampy fortitude." Of course I adore nearly all of the R-rated works of Judd Apatow and his band of merry men, but even at their most screamingly gross and daring, they are still relatively safe films about a group of men and women that I'd like to be friends with. TROPIC THUNDER is an entirely different monster, and when I say the film has balls, I'm talking about work that is taking comedic chances with high-powered actors, many of whom have had a great deal of success in movies catering to younger audiences. I'm not sure in this day and age if it's still possible for an actor to ruin his/her career with a single role, but if we did live in such times, this would be the film that could potentially put a stake through the heart of a lesser actor who didn't play his part exactly right. For example, when you hear the words "Robert Downey in black face," does it set off every bell in your head like a four-alarm fire? Does it speak to your heart about what is right and wrong in the history of Hollywood and the injustice delivered to black actors over the decades? Or does it make you giggle, just a little bit, just before the moderated outrage sets in? My guess is that the answer is D: All of the above. And that's exactly the reaction the makers of TROPIC THUNDER are hoping for if they're as smart as I think they are. By now you probably know the story of TROPIC THUNDER: three hugely famous actors sign on to do what is set to be the most expensive war film ever made. Each one of the main actors has something to gain by doing the film, and possibly something to lose. Stiller plays Speedman (and action star whose franchise days are behind him, especially after staring in a film in which he played a retarded kid, considered by most critics to be one of the worst films ever made). Jack Black plays Jeff "Fats" Portnoy, a comic giant best known for playing multiple obese and flatulent characters in THE FATTIES. He's also known for showing up to premieres loaded/high, and is rumored to have a substance-abuse problem. Downey plays Kirk Lazarus, the award-winning Australian actor, whose last role was as a gay monk opposite Toby Maguire. Lazarus is such the consummate method actor that he takes on the role of an African American solider and goes under the knife to change his features (he also has his skin pigmentation changed somehow; that's not supposed to be makeup). Your not even sure it's okay to laugh at his character's portrayal of the American black man, but after a while you kind of just give in because he's playing it so straight that he makes it even funnier. You will succumb, trust me. The book the film is based on is written by an ultra-grizzled Vietnam vet played by Nick Nolte who thinks this pussy actors need a dose of what it's like in the shit to truly capture these characters. He and the film's director (Steve Coogan) devise a plan to hide cameras in the jungle where the location shooting is taking place and drop the actors in the middle of nowhere to survive attacks (courtesy of the film's explosives expert, Cody, played by Danny McBride). What no one realizes is that real-life drug dealers operate in these parts and actually do begin to attack the unknowing actors, who are more than willing to play along thinking its all part of this guerilla-style filmmaking. One name I haven't dropped yet is Brandon T. Jackson, the guy in the cast who was actually born black. He plays rapper Alpa Chino (say the name out loud, you'll get it), and the man has got a genuine sense of comic timing. More importantly, it's his presence in the film that makes Downey's character look all the more ridiculous. There's a reason exchanges between Jackson and Downey are a big part of every TROPIC THUNDER trailer. The guy never lets Downey off the hook. Rounding out the fake film's cast of soldiers is Jay Baruchel (Seth Rogen's roommate in KNOCKED UP with the Canadian flag tattoo/cum target on his chest). He plays the young, untested actor Kevin Sandusky who most of the bigger stars ignore because he doesn't pull in a salary that ends in "million." He's the closest thing this movie has to a straight man, but it might be easier to understand his appeal if you picture a young Woody Allen in the middle of APOCALYPSE NOW. There are two supporting players that are worth mentioning because they are played by actors for whom the expression "supporting player" isn't used often. Matthew McConaughey is funny once again (hey, he made DAZED AND CONFUSED; let's give the dude credit) as Stiller's absolutely heartless and misguided agent, who is still trying to convince Speedman that the retard movie was a great move and a class act (Downey's explanation about why the performance didn't get Speedman an Oscar nomination is one of the greatest and most accurate monologues about Hollywood ever put down on paper). But the true jaw-droppingly What-The-Fuck work in TROPIC THUNDER (and there are several to choose from) is Tom Cruise as the studio head watching his tent pole project quickly go down the tubes. It's not so much the sweaty, balding, pudgy look of the character that floored me, but his actual physical movement. He's a fat and hungry wildcat ready to strike or roar unexpectedly at anyone who steps into his line of sight (often that person is his assistant, played by Bill Hader). And when you see Cruise dance to hip-hop music, your eyes may hurt for days. I've always been a fan of Cruise the actor, but his decision to even be in this movie--let alone play this character--shows the kind of stone from this guy that I wasn't sure he still possessed. Again, I'm back to the theme of how many sets of balls this movie owns. I need to stop talking about TROPIC THUNDER now, lest I give away too much plot and too many jokes. The film's observations about the way modern Hollywood works and the personalities that make it work the way it does are delivered like a poison dart right in the neck. And from the moment the film begins (whatever you do, do not walk into this movie even 30 seconds late), I started laughing and hardly stopped. I lost count of the number of times I found myself saying, "I can't believe what I'm seeing." But mostly I just thought, "Look at all of those huge balls on the screen." Just thinking about it makes me happy. -Capone

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  • July 24, 2008, 10:04 a.m. CST


    by Sw0rdfish

  • July 24, 2008, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Alpa Chino

    by blackhole4140

    Funny gag. Been looking forward to this one for some time.

  • July 24, 2008, 10:06 a.m. CST

    I think Downey looks hilarious in this...

    by LordPorkington

    So I'd see it for his performance alone. But only when it comes out via Netflix...

  • July 24, 2008, 10:06 a.m. CST

    wow! cruise and mconagay

    by g-ride9000

    with oldschool non lame performances? I don't get it, did Dr. Spaceman stop feeding them Scientology pills.

  • July 24, 2008, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Saw the long trailer...

    by NiceGuyEddie19

    And laughed my ass off, hysterical, rapturous laughter while slapping the chair in front of me. The black guy sitting in the chair wasn't laughing though.

  • July 24, 2008, 10:08 a.m. CST

    great review

    by Turd Furgeson

    Seriously really good review! Thanks for not giving away too much.

  • July 24, 2008, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Capone LOVES the Balls!

    by Pawprint

    This film keeps looking better and better...

  • July 24, 2008, 10:14 a.m. CST

    I'm anticipating this more than I was TDK.

    by HoboCode

    This sounds like the funniest fucking movie ever made. The last time I laughed so hard I cried was in Borat and this looks to be even better.

  • July 24, 2008, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Someone will hate this movie, for a good reason

    by g-ride9000

    Of course the whole point is showing that Downey's Character's supposed to be a idiotic actor who doesn't realize he's crossing the line by doing black-face. The ironic thing is, Downey, being an actor, is putting on black-face for laughs. This is the imagery that hurts black people. A white man doing make-up as a black man. It's post-modern humor, but it's still black-face. I think the film "Bamboozled" covers this subject of ironic black-face quite well. Racist humor is the cheapest laugh you can get.

  • July 24, 2008, 10:15 a.m. CST


    by Filmcaptain

    Hard. Looking forward to it.

  • July 24, 2008, 10:16 a.m. CST


    by just pillow talk

    Top comedies are such a prized commodity. I hope this one fits the bill like Capone says.

  • July 24, 2008, 10:17 a.m. CST

    How about E:

    by Hilarious Wacky Username

    Giggled a little with absolutely zero "outrage"? Why the PC bullshit, "must be outraged" prepared defense? If it's funny, then it's funny. Funny need never apologize.

  • July 24, 2008, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Alpa Cheeno

    by Da Neero

    Me and my boy bring the HEAT!!

  • July 24, 2008, 10:24 a.m. CST

    What's with this site and "sweaty balls"

    by GaiustheBrave

    Or, is that just Capone. I'm almost positive he's playing downloaded porn on WMP while writing his reviews. In which case, I can't blame him. Everytime he hears a smack he has to mention how much (sweaty, hairy) balls someone has. Still, can't wait to see this. If this and Step Brothers are as funny as I'm hoping, it will be the perfect end to an overall satisfactory summer.

  • July 24, 2008, 10:26 a.m. CST

    I didn't even know Tom Cruise was in this movie

    by chrth

  • July 24, 2008, 10:28 a.m. CST

    I have a feeling...

    by One Nation Under Zod

    That thinking of balls always puts a smile on your face.

  • July 24, 2008, 10:31 a.m. CST

    And not out in the UK for another THREE months!

    by NeilF

    That won't increase piracy o fit, will it! :/

  • July 24, 2008, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Capone, G-ride.... guys, come on.

    by NiceGuyEddie19

    No one acts apologetic when Martin Lawrence goes on a completely racist, hate-filled tirade during stand up routines. Downey doesn't mean to be hurtful, Lawrence does. Get over this double-standard bullshit.

  • July 24, 2008, 10:39 a.m. CST


    by Abominable Snowcone

    I agree with you. Plus, some people are too dull to think about the fact that it's not merely an actor in blackface for a role. It's an actor playing an eccentric actor in blackface for a role. And from what I saw in the trailer, it's frickin hilarious, and there's enough moments (even in the trailer alone) where the other (true) black actors in the fictitious movie give Downey's character weird, condemning looks and make remarks--along the lines of "What do you mean 'we people?'" to suggest that it's THAT actor in the movie--not Downey the actor--who is really strange

  • July 24, 2008, 10:40 a.m. CST


    by g-ride9000

    I'll go out on a limb here and say you can be funny and racist. I'll also say that Wayens bros. and Lawrence are minstrels, and make money off of stereotypes. Also, downey is not black, has not been affected by the SERIOUS OPPRESSION black peolpe feel regularly (like my friend who just got pulled over by cops while on his bike because he looked like someone who was in a fight. He's a fucking hippy dred guy with a sweet face. The cops fucked with him base only on race) I don't deal with that issue cause I'm white; Downey as well. It's just not cool to me for people to cash in on that type of humor. Fortunately the outcome is usually so hideously un-funny that it's not an issue. In this case it is funny.<P><P>ps this issue is the reason Chappelle went to Africa. Are we laughing with black people or at them?

  • July 24, 2008, 10:40 a.m. CST

    So is the mainstream media . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . going to start spoiling the Cruise cameo in this too? AICN spoiled it for me a while ago (not complaining!) but I really hope my wife and friends could go into this not knowing about them. Of course my wife does love going to that Perez Hilton (absolute piece of shit) website . . .

  • July 24, 2008, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Will it be too clever ?

    by Be_a_zed

    Will people "get it" ? I'm honestly not sure.

  • July 24, 2008, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Ah But Racism Doesn't Cut Both Ways

    by TroutMaskReplicant

    White people never had to put up with the racism of others. Most of the guys who get pissed of at so called "political correctness" (which is a bullshit term anyway, wtf does it even mean?) are white straight men. Even so I think Robert Downey Junior's performance is nasty enough to be funny and thought provoking. Only a complete shit eater would walk out of the film thinking it wasn't a viciously barbed statement on how Hollywood handles the issue of race.

  • July 24, 2008, 10:48 a.m. CST

    TroutMaskReplicant we live in a country full of shiteaters

    by g-ride9000

    what will they think of the film?

  • July 24, 2008, 11 a.m. CST


    by TroutMaskReplicant

    I was thinking about that. The only response I could come up with is that I'd be more worried about those people being allowed to vote than allowed to see a film that uses complex satire. I think the inclusion of the actually black character was an important choice, if Downey Jnr. had been the only "black" character then I'd feel more worried. Of course even the rapper probably doesn't get off lightly. Is his name a reference to rap's perceived obsession with Scarface? Anyway, I'll withhold judgment till I see it. Better this kind of satire than the heavy handedness of Crash, I think.

  • July 24, 2008, 11 a.m. CST

    this review alone has me cracking up

    by Charlie Murphy

    just the DESCRIPTIONS of scenes is hilarious. jesus, this and pinapple express are two of my most anticipated movies for next month.

  • July 24, 2008, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Trout and G-Ride

    by skimn

    I would hope, as you have, that the majority of those seeing Thunder get the satire of an egotistical actor who thinks he can understand and "become one" with another race, by simply changing his physical characteristics. Laughing at his stupid arrogance, and not his playing to stereotype.<p>And how does this differ from Dave Chappelle and his "white face" news anchor character, with his clipped, "stick-up-the-ass" delivery? Satire is satire.

  • July 24, 2008, 11:08 a.m. CST

    enormous balls...

    by jimmy rabbitte

    ...that's funny.

  • July 24, 2008, 11:08 a.m. CST

    And bringing up Downey in "black-face"

    by skimn

    He is playing a character, who is playing a character. So it rounds upon itself.

  • July 24, 2008, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Downey vs. "White Chicks"

    by Zombieflicker

    I want to laugh when someone calls Downey or Stiller a racist when talking about Downey's character in Tropic Thunder. I remember when two black men pretended to be white girls (and acted like blonde stereotypes) not to long ago. I don't remember there being an uproar about that. I thought the idea was pretty funny (the movie wasn't however). Of course Downey's role is not politically correct. Neither Is Jack Black's 'Fats' character. "The Fatties"?? Okay, how about "Simple Jack: A story about a retard". Not one second of this movie is politically correct, and we all know it. Why can't we laugh about a fictional character who decides to consume himself in a role to the point of having a medical surgery performed on him without being worried about it being racist. It's too ridiculous to racist. Just as "White Chicks" was too ridiculous to be racist. There are more issues out there that needs way more attention then Tropic Thunder. I can’t wait to see it.

  • July 24, 2008, 11:16 a.m. CST


    by PantherMatt

    "White people never had to put up with the racism of others. " While racism against whites may be far less widespread than other forms of racism, let's not pretend that it doesn't exist. I experience it on a regular basis, in the fair city of NYC. And also, while not racism, I'd say religeous persecution is damn near the same thing, and what drove whitey to come to the Americas, en mass? Religeous persecution. Look, I'm not saying that the white man has faced NEAR the amount of baseless hatred that others have, I'm saying that baseless hatred has been focused on just about everyone, so let's not pretend otherwise. I thought Eddie Murphy was very funny as a white guy on SNL, and I'm betting that Downey Jr. is a riot in Tropic Thunder. Racism only hurts if you let it (or if there's physical violence involved).

  • July 24, 2008, 11:18 a.m. CST

    If I fit the physical description of a suspect...

    by thebearovingian

    And if I was in the area where the crime occurred the cops would pull me over, too. They're not gonna question someone of a different race just for the hell of it. No matter how inherently 'racist' all police are *sarcasm* (including the white cops, the black cops, the hispanic cops, the asian cops, the lady cops, etc).

  • July 24, 2008, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Re: blackface

    by beelkay

    Based on the trailer, etc. I've seen, I have absolutely no problem with this aspect of the film. I feel no outrage, moderated or otherwise. I think it's hilarious and Downey is obviously overacting like crazy...anyway, it's not like he's got black paint on his face or whatever. I actually think that this role is more similar to straight actors playing "gay" characters like in "Boat Trip" or that Adam Sandler movie last year...although to better effect. I think having an actually black character in the film was a good move, in terms of defusing any criticism...he stands in for black people in the audience who are outraged or offended. "What do YOU mean, 'you people'?"

  • July 24, 2008, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Anybody seen Richie?

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    I'm gonna keep coming back until someone REMEMBERS seeing Richie!

  • July 24, 2008, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Capone spoiling TC appearace ==

    by spamminator

    nipples on batsuit. Seriously, revealing what could possibly be the best surprise of the summer one of the more cockarsed things you could have done...

  • July 24, 2008, 11:26 a.m. CST

    You guys are ALL right

    by Thrillho77

    Especially when that one guy said we live in a country FULL of shiteaters. Let's just enjoy the damn movie. <p> Also, I can't wait for the news articles that will debut right before the movie opens: "Does a controversial performance in Tropic Thunder go too far?" Fuck that. It's comedy. If it was supposed to be safe, it would not endure.

  • July 24, 2008, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Danny McBride

    by Jor-El23

    Is he in ever goddamn comedy coming out this year? I don't even know if I've seen anything with him but I'm already sick of him.

  • July 24, 2008, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Oh, jeez...

    by GaiustheBrave

    How long before this TB turns into a hand-holding session? C'mon, racism isn't peculiar to one race, and those who try to hide their racism or prejudices behind the trite disguise of "well, we experience more" can suck on those big balls Capone was talking about. And, I forgot all about "Pineapple Express" maybe we'll get three good comedies in a row. I hope so, even if it means the Earth splitting in half and being sucked down the maw of Destiny into the deepest pit of Hell.

  • July 24, 2008, 11:32 a.m. CST

    jonathan violence

    by Charlie Murphy

    sorry for the typo

  • July 24, 2008, 11:33 a.m. CST

    By the way, Troutmask

    by GaiustheBrave

    Politically correct is when you say something, not because it's true, but because it's inoffensive. Or, you don't say something true because it may hurt someone's feelings. Sometimes, political correctness has a purpose, and sometimes it keeps from speaking our minds so we won't stray too far from the herd.

  • July 24, 2008, 11:37 a.m. CST

    white chicks

    by the_dark_rick

    One of the worst attempts at comedy ever. Although I agree with what most here are trying to say by referencing's just comedy, people. Meant to be laughed at, not as an affront to races or creeds...looking forward to seeing it.

  • July 24, 2008, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Oh give it a rest G-Ride

    by mostsavage

    I'm so sick of the "you don't know what racism is like" b.s. argument. It's presumptive and ignorant. I'm a straight white guy (well my grandma was actually full cherokee, but somehow I'm white, though if I was a quarter black then... screw it thats another argument). I was born in 1980. I never drank from a "white only" fountain. I never went to a "white only" school. Growing up I had black friends, Mexican friends, and gay friends. I never treated these friends any differently than any other. <p> Yet I have been bashed over the head for 28 years now with a guilt trip over something I had no part of, and very few of the black people I know were truly affected by. I'm not saying that some people aren't racist. A lot are. But the system of societal racism that existed in this county is long passed, and people need to stop reaching to find examples. Your friend got pulled over? Was he beaten? Aressted? Killed? No. He was asked some questions, because maybe, just maybe a guy involved in a fight was described as being a sweet faced hippy dred guy. I would argue that in todays world (oustide rural pockets in the south and mid-west) their is a pretty good balance between the pluses and minuses of being black in America. In fact I have to fight harder as a straight white man for many jobs in this country because preferences are placed on recruiting and hiring minorities and women. <p> Is that fair? <p> I'm not trying to say that no one gets referred to as an n-word. or that wealthy black men don't get mistaken for rap stars and football players. But is any of that different from me being ostresized and mocked when I go to a "black" club. Or when I get called white boy or cracker, or am told that the only reason I have what I have is because everything was given to me (not because I put myself through college and worked my ass off every day). <p> Racism has been a function of humanity since the cavemen days, just don't try and pretend its one sided. <p> Oh and the difference between "White Chicks" and "Tropic Thunder"? In Tropic Thunder a white man is in black face to make fun of the idiot white man who thinks he knows how to "act black." In white chicks, two black men where white face to relentlessy mock and trivialize what it is to be white. <p> Which one is the racist portrayal?

  • July 24, 2008, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Those who weren't aware

    by skimn

    that Tom Cruise has a cameo in this, apparently haven't seen the kagillion previous mentions of it here, and elsewhere.

  • July 24, 2008, noon CST


    by skimn

    Point taken.

  • July 24, 2008, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Jonathan violence

    by Charlie Murphy

    oh sorry man, i thought you were being a dick about my typo. Pineapple express is the latest Seth Rogan romp. It co-stars James Franco and they play stoners, Rogan witnesses a hit so the two go on the run from the mob or something. It looks hilarious, you should check out the trailers on apple or something. if you can find the rated R trailer, you'll be sold.

  • July 24, 2008, 12:15 p.m. CST

    G-Ride, you mentioned Chappelle...

    by NiceGuyEddie19

    Bad example. He's probably the most racist, hate filled entertainer I have ever seen. His show did make fun of black people, and people laughed at them. When you deliberately make fun of someone on your show, of course people are going to laugh at said someone. As far as Lawrence and Wayans being minstrels making their money off stereotypes, that's kind of softening what should really be called institutionalized racism, isn't it?

  • July 24, 2008, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Just want to commend all of you in here...

    by HoboCode

    for a relatively civil and mature debate on this subject. It's a great read.

  • July 24, 2008, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Downey in "Black Face"

    by queerfilmjunkie

    I watched this trailer with a predominantly black audience over the weekend, and the majority of audience members laughed out loud every time Downey uttered a line. I can certainly see the potential for some to be offended, but I see this as more a mocking of Hollywood stereotypes than as a mocking of black people. But to those who compare a white guy pretending to be black to the Wayans dressing up as black chicks, you are full of shit. I'm so tired of straight white men acting like they are just as oppressed as everyone else. African Americans have spent the last few hundred years being abused and discriminated against in this country. One of the ways this manifested itself was in Hollywood portrayals of blacks that mocked them and reinforced hateful, negative stereotypes. The fact that rich white girls have not had to deal with such hatred and prejudice means that mocking them is different than mocking black people.

  • July 24, 2008, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Cruise having "stones" ain't the reason he's in this movie...

    by Dragon Man

    It's fear of his career swirling down the toilet. The man knows how to play the Hollywood game and he knows that doing something like this could hopefully get his career back on track. I'm sure that if this was ten years ago, you would have never seen him in this.

  • July 24, 2008, 12:48 p.m. CST


    by queerfilmjunkie

    You are incredibly full of shit. Just because something is not happening today does not mean that people are still not affected by it. Slavery is a stain on America that will take more than 150 years to erase, and racism is alive and well. The words used to express it might have changed, but it's still there. 40 years ago, Barack Obama would be called uppity. Today, he's referred to as arrogant. The word may have changed but it's still the same racist sentiment. Please enlighten me on which jobs as a straight white man you have to work harder to attain. Identify which desirable careers are unfairly dominated by women and minorities. You can't name them, because there aren't any. White male republicans like to chastise women and minorities for behaving like victims while they whine and cry about how hard they have it. Meanwhile, 90+% of the positions of wealth and power in this country are still dominated by white guys.

  • July 24, 2008, 12:50 p.m. CST


    by HoboCode

    I had no idea he was in it until Capone's review.

  • July 24, 2008, 12:52 p.m. CST


    by HoboCode

    Nice post.

  • July 24, 2008, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Whites jump too fast to conclusions......

    by bugkill

    Some whites jump to conclusions way too quick when it concerns certain things, and RDJ playing a black man is not going to be offensive to blacks. Do not be surprised if the media (mostly white) will ask the question if it is or you may see 1-2 black political heads speak about it, but black people in general will not care. We know the difference between a white man playing a black character, especially in a comedy, from a piece of art that is blantantly racist. Many white people need to calm down and not expect the worse, just not going to happen. I for one laughed my ass off seeing the trailer and RDJ's character.

  • July 24, 2008, 1:23 p.m. CST

    writing a review with the words balls

    by haitu

    seriously? write a review without retarded and disgusting remarks please. whats next, "I FUCKING SHITTED ALL OVER MY FACE WHEN I SAW THIS MOVIE!"

  • July 24, 2008, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Does look funny.

    by fiester

    You had me at "playing a retarded guy".

  • July 24, 2008, 1:28 p.m. CST

    The Downey Role

    by fiester

    Is obviously lampooning method actors. And is quite funny. Anyone who thinks it's racist is an utter and complete idiot who fails to understand what racism even is.

  • July 24, 2008, 1:28 p.m. CST


    by thx185

    KINGDOM_OF_THE_CRYSTAL_SKULLFUCK beat me to the punch, and was more even-handed than I would have been. Of course slavery was wrong. Are you under the mistaken impression that 17th-19th Century America was the only culture to engage in slavery or indentured service? Slavery is universal, and continues today, but is illegal in the culture you are railing against. These points do not excuse slavery or other forms of racism. But they are a frame of reference into which you should fit your outrage. Even if it was a uniquely American problem.. holding onto any crime when all of the perps are dead & gone? Please.

  • Ummm...maids, pimps and whores??<p>I'm sorry, in a post about stereotypes, satire and political corectness, I couldn't help myself.

  • July 24, 2008, 1:41 p.m. CST

    i hope this talkback gets heated

    by repligin

    i want somebody to drop a hard 'g' N-bomb right here and see it kick off. on another note, purely based on prejudice, i seriously can't imagine an avid talkbacker actually being black. if you're about, can you make yourself known? --and coming from a black man, doesn't make you black. i'm looking at you dannygloversdickblood. thats right. right at you.

  • July 24, 2008, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Anybody know why Richie did Bobby Lupo?

    by ironic_name

  • July 24, 2008, 2:39 p.m. CST

    We need more films with black face

    by Second Try

    for, you know, the irony...

  • July 24, 2008, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Second Try...

    by NiceGuyEddie19

    Fucking hilarious, man. I just spat up some water when I read that.

  • July 24, 2008, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Anchorite -

    by Quin the Eskimo

    It's funny 'cause it's true.

  • July 24, 2008, 3:30 p.m. CST

    queerfilmjunkie, splaying Obama posters

    by Quin the Eskimo

    around the Wailing Wall is arrogant, and I am godamned motherfucking allowed to think any man is arrogant. <p> I refuse to fall into those old kneejerk assuming ways of thinking

  • July 24, 2008, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Nice trolling anchorite

    by hst666

    I know you aren't even retarded enough to believe what you are saying.

  • July 24, 2008, 5:22 p.m. CST

    So it's another version of "Three Amigos"?

    by StarWarsRedux

    Not saying that's a bad thing. "Galaxy Quest" was "Three Amigos" in space. This can be "Three Amigos" in the jungle.

  • July 24, 2008, 6 p.m. CST

    Quint gets happy thinking about huge balls...

    by Somerichs

    Heh heh, sorry Quint, couldn't resist taking a swing at the unfortunate phrasing at the end of your was hanging there like a huge set of balls...

  • July 24, 2008, 6:41 p.m. CST

    looks hilarious

    by Mr_X

    admittedly on paper this film looked ridiculous, but after watching the trailer, this looks like it coudl be a sleeper hit. everyones riding the RDJ train, long may he reign!

  • July 24, 2008, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Robert Downey, Jr.

    by Project424

    Even when he was laying out in little girls bedrooms and washing the police cars in a jumpsuit... I dug him. I think he was the best part of A Scanner Darkly, a film which was surprisingly watchable.

  • July 24, 2008, 8:55 p.m. CST

    to project 424

    by waites

    Before you write crap about him laying out in little girls bedrooms check your facts. He stumbled into the wrong house ( his was next door) and slept in an empty bed in the owners sons room. He also almost died that night. The paramedics took over a half hour to revive him. He was so out of it he had no idea where he was and almost ended it all right there. So yeah.don't write that kind of shit when all you have to do is read a ton of articles etc and the truth. you are right about one thing. he is awesome in Scanner Darkly.

  • July 24, 2008, 10:26 p.m. CST

    the more I hear about this movie

    by the milf lover

    The more I'm interested in seeing it. As for the blackface thing, is anyone thinking that maybe the fact that Downey is generally viewed as a talented, serious actor downplays the 'racist' aspect of his role than if it was a more 'dumbass'-type comedian playing it, like if it was Stiller or Black for example? As for White Chicks, I think it's more offensive to black people that the Wayans somehow represent their culture.

  • July 25, 2008, 1:34 a.m. CST

    "ruin his/her career with a single role" - Um, Mike Meyers?

    by JackRabbitSlim

    Certainly he was slipping before but he seemingly trashed his career with that officious "love Guru"

  • July 25, 2008, 4:02 a.m. CST

    Damn You Michael Bay


    Damn You Michael Bay

  • July 25, 2008, 4:02 a.m. CST

    Capone and His Grammar Mistake

    by GeekyAnimeNerd79Beyotch

    Your not even sure it's okay to laugh at his character's portrayal of the American black man, but after a while you kind of just give in because he's playing it so straight that he makes it even funnier. You will succumb, trust me. Tee Hee.

  • July 25, 2008, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Blackface is "Ballsy?" Uhm, as White Chicks Cowardice Then?

    by JaySmack

    You know something's wrong with a movie when the person giving it a big, sloppy blowjob's very FIRST act is to go into an orgy of praise, saying in ten different ways the films got "balls." Because the movie's main selling point is that it's main star does blackface. Not that it tries to tell a good story, not that the acting is inspired and a revelation, hell, not even that the director is taking any chances, but simply because it's caters to the lowest-common denominator. I'm starting to think the assholes at the New Yorker went into the movie business. Ideas like this belong in the wastebasket of the weekly meeting of the writer's for SNL. The people who think this shit's funny probably have posters of Al Jolson on their walls. If this is "ballsy" filmmaking, then you owe Michael Bay an apology for every insult you've ever thrown at him. If this is the new standard then bring on Transformers 2 and Rush Hour 4! We need more movies with "balls."

  • July 25, 2008, 4:28 p.m. CST

    I'm a straight white republican/christian

    by liljuniorbrown

    I'm the scurge of the fucking universe, responsible for everything wrong in the world dating back 100 bc. Some how I sleep ok at night. Make sense to anyone else? People need to get off there high horses and realize that 1.racism still exist's and it comes from all directions, 2.To have a skewed or hateful view about someone based only on there color,sexuality,religous beliefs, gender, political views, dick size ,what the fuck ever, is shallow and just proves that the person doing the judging is a moron and incappable of being remotely open minded. For example, I'm not a vegetarian, but I don't think that they are stupid for not eating meat,I believe in God, but I don't hate atheist or Hindu's or anyone else that doesn't, I can live with these people,work with them, (if they happen to be a hot chick, i can fuck them) all with no problem or disruption of my life. Let's just all get over ourselves for five seconds, none of us are perfect,inncent,or enlightened, just dogs chasing cars.

  • July 25, 2008, 4:31 p.m. CST

    and I can't type

    by liljuniorbrown

    Let's just go watch the fucking movie, i'll but the popcorn.