Review

Harry coughs up blood & intestines laughing at TROPIC THUNDER!

Published at: Aug. 5, 2008, 3:38 a.m. CST

I’m not a particular fan of Ben Stiller’s. I think everybody has their favorite comedians. The comedian that they recognize a part of themselves in or that of a friend or family member. Or whose humor intrinsically speaks to them. Ben Stiller just mostly annoys me. As a result I haven’t reviewed most of his films. I tend to like Ben in his short cameos, but his starring films… like MEET THE PARENTS, ZOOLANDER, STARSKY & HUTCH, DODGEBALL, MEET THE FOCKERS, NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM and THE HEARTBREAK KID… well, they just haven’t been for me. It’s not that I hate him, I don’t find him painful to watch, it’s just he’s not really my cup of tea. So that has made my “Dying to see TROPIC THUNDER” urge rather odd. Why have I been dying to see this movie, that by all accounts, I shouldn’t care about? I mean, Ben is even directing the film and he wrote it – shouldn’t that make me triple disinterested? Well – yeah. But TROPIC THUNDER just has so much going for it. It’s a big Action War Comedy. What a great genre! It stars Ben Stiller, but also Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr – two of my favorite performers of the day in which we reside. I noticed it also had Steve Coogan, Nick Nolte, Danny McBride, Tom Cruise, Matthew McConaughey and lots of cameos. The idea of a comedic film based on a crazed filmic event like APOCALYPSE NOW… what great material, even inspired. It’s like Pixar mining FITZCARRALDO for UP. Brilliant move. At the Alamo Drafthouse – we had some fun before hand – we dressed up about 35 members of the audience – AICNers, Drafthousers and Paramounteers and ran them one at a time through a deadly Paintball gauntlet right into three paintball snipers… one of whom was me. I can not possibly express how satisfying it is to shoot Massawyrm. The feelings of joy and satisfaction are unlike anything you can imagine. I wish I could claim I was the one that hit him twice in the balls, but I fear that was Alamo South Manager Kristen. I was hitting shoulders, arms and chests (as the safety folks told me to). Had I known it was Massawyrm – I would have been cruel and mean and certainly would have saved the world any potential offspring. Alas, I’ve let the world down – but Kristen didn’t. Upon finishing up shooting the running ducks – it was instantly time for the movie. What a great time. Even before the movie starts – it starts. And you will laugh. Because it’s funny. You’ll want Booty Sweat… so bad. However, the film begins by showing us what little completed film footage had been pieced together. They seem to have shot the end first – the climactic rescue of Sgt 4-Leaf. This sequence is hilarious – wonderfully composed and violent as all hell. I mean GORE-Y – all caps. But ridiculously so. When you finally pop out of the “movie” and into the “Hollywood” – you are stunned by how many people are on set. It’s the most populated set I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen a lot of sets) Folks didn’t just have assistants, but entourages. The level of incompetence on display is massive and when what goes wrong, goes wrong… you’ll be laughing, but kinda horrified. It’s the sort of horrifying waste that we all expect of large scale Bay-ified filmmaking, but Bay actually does manage to at least keep the cameras rolling on the big explosions (at least by my count – he has at least 5 cameras on the explosions, cuz we see the same explosion at least 5 times, right?) After this we jump to a tabloid news program that introduces us to the main characters we’ll be dealing with. We learn that Ben Stiller is a massive action star – in the popped vein manner of Stallone or the finger pointing brilliance of a Harrison Ford. Only – like Harrison, he took a “Oscar baiting” role as a mentally challenged character – the results are beyond bad. Called the worst movie ever made – it was a near career killer – because it’s in such horrifying bad taste, that you really will want to watch the whole movie. I really do. And it is some of the absolute best funny funny shit that Ben has ever done. I was in stitches. We get introduced to Robert Downey Jr.’s character of Kirk Lazarus – Kirk Lazarus is Robert Downey Jr – times a 1000. All the worst temporary bits of insane could give a shit behavior. He’s officially insane – I’d say slightly more Brando than Downey, but he’s still parodying himself… though for most of the movie he’s doing the most brilliant insane white Australian in black face trying to be a noble black man as he would imagine one… and it’s hysterical, mainly due to Brandon Jackson’s ALPA CHINO – a young African-American actor that is constantly offended at Downey – throughout… but more on that later. Then there’s Jack Black. He plays Jeff ‘Fats’ Portnoy – He’s a parody of an actor like Jack Black, but who is making movies less like Jack, but more like Eddie Murphy is these days – and who has an addiction to “jelly beans” – and if you’re a bat – don’t even think about stealing his “jelly beans” – payback is a bitch. That said – for a bit of the film, I thought I hated his character – but by the time he’s tied to a tree and goes on a beautiful heartfelt monologue… I realized just how awesome this character is. You’ll agree. Trust me. Ben Stiller’s Speedman is in some ways my least favorite character – it isn’t that Ben is bad. He isn’t. He’s really good – but when you look at every bit of casting in this film – the actor in question is satirizing who and what they are. They’re tearing at their popularized personas (as well as the personas like their own) but with Ben. Well Ben is satirizing the ACTION star. And while Ben is really beefy and cut in this film (very strange to look at) at no point would I believe Ben Stiller as a viable Action Star. That said – Ben is an utter badass as a writer and director on this film. He literally knocks this film over the back wall of the theater. But I would have loved to have seen (AB King please don’t email me about this) Stallone in the Speedman role. Someone like Harrison Ford. Hell – the ROCK or Vin Diesel would have been amazing. That said – Ben does not suck, he’s just not that type of actor – and I don’t know how well those other actors would have handled the genius of SIMPLE JACK… but it would have been hilarious to just watch it happen. The film is immensely funny. In the battle of R rated comedies – this and PINEAPPLE EXPRESS – my personal fave is PINEAPPLE EXPRESS – but most of my friends prefer TROPIC THUNDER. And I can’t really argue against them – as this movie does indeed kick massive ass. We are lucky to have both of them within a week – and once they’re both in theaters – you literally have the most awesome double bill of the year. Just consider it a Danny R McBride double feature. He rules in both. There’s also about 200 hundred awesome moments that I can’t touch in talking about the film. Suffice to say – this movie is not only a fantastic comedy, but one you will watch many many times when you buy the film for home use. Oh and in the end credits don’t be surprised if you find yourself clapping for Tom Cruise. About half of our audience did. It’s because he’s a goddamn Xenu Alien civilization builder of epic proportions. (Translation – He’s a God)

Readers Talkback

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  • Aug. 5, 2008, 3:25 a.m. CST

    Can't wait for this one

    by Billiam86

    after Dark Knight this is my most anticipated summer movie

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 3:27 a.m. CST

    dudical

    by theBigWasted

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 3:27 a.m. CST

    dudical is the new 2nd

    by theBigWasted

    recognize!

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 3:29 a.m. CST

    Leonardo DiCaprio might play Lenin

    by Gwai Lo

    He quite looks like him too. Oh and Harry can you give a bit more info on this "Pixar mining FITZCARRALDO for UP" business?

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 3:35 a.m. CST

    Fucking Korea

    by Rev. Artemis Prime

    I live in Korea and there is no indication at all that we are getting this. Space chimps, check. Shitty Mummy 3, check. Hellboy, Pineapple or Tropic Thunder. Hell no. This sux my donkey balls.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 3:43 a.m. CST

    i hate waiting

    by antonphd

    this looks awesome. can't wait. then i'll come back and read this again. i have to say that this was some of the best non-spoiler spoiler writing i have ever read in a review. and imagining stallone as simple jack... i want to see that bad. i almost kinda feel like i did a bit in the rocky V

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 3:45 a.m. CST

    But your lap-banded/stapled stomach is still in, right?

    by thebearovingian

    Thank God. You can live without the blood or intestines.<p>Anyway, concerning Tropic Thunder- I will see it.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 3:46 a.m. CST

    It would've been FUCKING AWESOME to see Sly as Simple Jack...

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    that being said, I can't wait to see this movie again. It's one of the first comedies I've seen in a long time that was SO good I want to see it again instantly.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 3:46 a.m. CST

    Hey Prime

    by Gwai Lo

    Do you guys have The Dark Knight in Korea? Curious cause I know a huge Batman fan over there and she hasn't mentioned seeing it yet

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 3:54 a.m. CST

    Looking forward to this too

    by King_Knut

    Actually sounds quite good...

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 4:04 a.m. CST

    The 2 Stillers

    by DeviousMrBlonde

    You can't judge all his movies on the same level. You have actually funny and creative Stiller: Zoolander Dodgeball The Royal Tennenbaums Anchorman (only cameo but brilliant) Cable Guy And then there's retarded-make-lotsa-money Stiller: MEET THE PARENTS, STARSKY & HUTCH, MEET THE FOCKERS, NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM, THE HEARTBREAK KID

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 4:07 a.m. CST

    I was right!

    by BrightEyes

    Cruise Owns

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 4:39 a.m. CST

    Fucking hate Jack Black

    by judge dredds fresh undies

    Hope he doesn't ruin this for me.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 4:57 a.m. CST

    leonardo as lenin, FUCK NON

    by Prossor

    i just read a book about revoultionary-era stalin and had a bit about lenin, i dont want that shithead motherfucker NEAR THAT. and he needs to fuck off from that ian fleming biopic. seriously leonardo needs to be stuffed in a mound of shit and muffled.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 5:11 a.m. CST

    theBigWasted...

    by Migwit

    dudical is the new twat.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 5:12 a.m. CST

    'of the day in which we reside'

    by Windowlicker74

    huh?

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 5:14 a.m. CST

    also, Stiller wrote Zoolander which was hysterical

    by Windowlicker74

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 5:15 a.m. CST

    Anybody who claps for Tom Cruise

    by kwisatzhaderach

    is a fool.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 5:17 a.m. CST

    Tropic Over Pineapple

    by Backstage Larry

    I enjoyed Tropic Thunder way more than Pineapple Express, it's the movie I can't wait to see again.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 5:18 a.m. CST

    You didn't like Zoolander?

    by Splinter

    For shame, man. For shame.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 5:24 a.m. CST

    Harry

    by PrincessLeias_Poohole

    Hows Steve Coogan in the film. Does he get much screen time and is he Partridge funny.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 5:42 a.m. CST

    Coogan

    by mothandrust

    I think the Alan Partridge days are long gone. I used to laugh out loud for his cringe humour, but now his humour is cringeworthy in a bad way. He just plays the English git now.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 5:49 a.m. CST

    mothandrust

    by PrincessLeias_Poohole

    I agree recently he has been nothing like the coogan of old, but i still think hes got something to offer given the right material. Wishfull thinking maybe

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 5:53 a.m. CST

    "More on that later"

    by sean bean

    Umm... where?

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 6:02 a.m. CST

    coogan

    by hoisin

    just make an alan partridge movie and be done with it.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 6:03 a.m. CST

    No love for DODGEBALL or ZOOLANDER ??

    by bluelou_boyle

    Those movies rip me to shreds. But I agree that night at the museum, and much of his other stuff is awful.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 6:04 a.m. CST

    "...of the day in which we reside?

    by VegasRon

    really?

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 6:05 a.m. CST

    DAMN YOU, WINDOWLICKER!!1!

    by VegasRon

    damn you to hell, sir.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 6:36 a.m. CST

    it's the desk

    by HEADGEEK

    it holds mystical reviewing powers.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 6:47 a.m. CST

    kwisatzhaderach, way to back that up...

    by CullenisPrime

    give me a reason why we are "fools." And you cant use the words religion, scientology, or couch/sofa. Ok................go

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 6:50 a.m. CST

    Sean Bean

    by BBQGlazedSeabass

    +1, I was interested in hearing about that as well, will there be another review. Part 2??

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 7:22 a.m. CST

    can't wait for this and Pineapple Express...

    by turketron

    Tropic Thunder... Pineapple Express... break out the rum and enjoy!

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 7:26 a.m. CST

    Tom Cruise gave someone the clap?

    by tonagan

    I only scanned the review and comments.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Holy $hit...

    by C00L DUD3

    That's awesome that Stiller shines in this, tho. I was hoping he'd have a great come-back. RDJ is a givin in this one, I'd think. Ahh, I can't wait!

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Zoolander and Dodgeball are Horrible films

    by frongbak

    One-note, over the tops, trash-a thons. Funny as a 3 minute bit on the Ben Stiller show and unbearable for the 90+ minute run times. Stiller does not have the range to play such ridiculous characters. He is much more enjoyable as a more realistic neurotic characters see Meet the ____, Flirting with Disaster, and Tennebaum's (sort of). I am optimistic about TT though.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 8:31 a.m. CST

    Fitzcarraldo

    by frongbak

    UP has a home bound geriatric use a hot air ballon to transport his house down to South America and prsumably wacky highjinks ensue.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Damn You Michael Bay

    by MCMLXXVI

    Damn You Michael Bay

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 9:02 a.m. CST

    What a great summer

    by Turd Furgeson

    Is it just me or has this been a great summer movie season? Even for the chicks there was SATC and Mama Mia. There have been so many good movies this summer, Iron Man feels like it was released a year ago, not 2 months ago... And it looks like its going to be a good August too!

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 9:18 a.m. CST

    This flick right here

    by Project424

    Gets my theater dollars, no questions asked. I want to puke up blood and Doritoes, just like Harry did.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 9:22 a.m. CST

    it's not "COULD GIVE A SHIT" you stupid cunt

    by Ray Gamma

    for how many years are we English speakers going to have to tutor you American fuckwads in the rules of grammar? If you want to imply that you simply don't care about something at all, you say "COULDN'T give a shit", NOT "COULD give a shit". You fucking morons, THINK ABOUT THE MEANING OF THE SENTENCES YOU ARE UTTERING YOU LOUDMOUTHED SPONGE-BRAINED TWATS.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Ray Gamma

    by frongbak

    Make a choice are we twats or cunts? Also, could you clarify if both refer to the female vagina? I always wondered about that. BTW, I could give a shit about your bundle of sticks grammer lesson you puckered anus, fuck you and the Vespa you rode in on.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Ray

    by cutest_of_borg

    Go fuck yourself, you nasty-toothed, small-dicked, Anglican butthole. I'll kick your goddamned ass just like my Virginia Patriot ancestors did. America, FUCK YEAH!

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 9:48 a.m. CST

    frongbak

    by Ray Gamma

    it's "grammar", YOU SHITBRAINED WASTE OF A SPERM

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 9:49 a.m. CST

    RE: "cutest_of_borg"

    by Ray Gamma

    "I'll kick your goddamned ass just like my Virginia Patriot ancestors did. America, FUCK YEAH!" </P> <P> LOL, apple pie.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 10:02 a.m. CST

    America, FUCK YEAH!

    by Migwit

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 10:02 a.m. CST

    You know which British Guy I like

    by frongbak

    The Prisoner, he was cool.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 10:06 a.m. CST

    cont'd

    by Migwit

    I think maybe you guys missed the irony in Team America - World Police. What it really meant was America FUCK NO!

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Ray Gamma

    by Fortunesfool

    As a fellow Brit who is constantly appalled at the US bastardisation of the english language, I have to say you kinda ruined your argument by resorting to a barrage of colourful (note the 'u' in colour)abuse. Thought i'd mention it. Continue.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Ray Gamma

    by Migwit

    I think they are probably twats.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 10:09 a.m. CST

    ...sorry if I offended Fortunesfool!

    by Migwit

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Fuck Britain

    by DaBUU

    The english you speak is fruity

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Vagina reference

    by frongbak

    Nobody has answered my vagina question. Now that is information that could actually be useful to us Americans, or at least this one. Also, the irony in Team America is not "AMERICA FUCK NO!" but "Nationalism and Rabid Patriotism FUCK NO!" but we're just splitting hairs, right?

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Frongbak

    by Shoegeezer

    A twat is an idiot, a cunt is a more evil and deliberately meanspirited person.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Something must be wrong with me...

    by Zombieflicker

    But I've been looking forward to this movie more then most of the other movies since the beginning of summer. I can't wait!

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Twat vs. Cunt

    by frongbak

    Very similar to the US, you can get away with calling a female a Twat and she just brush you off but if you call her a Cunt she is likely to act more evil and deliberately meanspirited to you. I love how words can really bring cultures together.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Zombieflicker

    by frongbak

    In terms of comedies this summer, Tropic Thunder is def top of the list. Pineapple a close second.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Ray

    by cutest_of_borg

    Some of my best friends are English pansies. :)

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 10:42 a.m. CST

    I'm going to get slammed

    by Zombieflicker

    Pineapple looks funny, but I'm totally against drugs - no shit. I can't support a movie that looks "pro-pot". Yes, it's rated R, but how many young teens are going to see it (and on DVD) and want to go take a hit of some "pineapple express". Don't be hatin'!! It's only my opinion. Like I said, it still looks funny, but it has too much glorified drug use for my taste. So rock on Tropic Thunder!

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Drugs?

    by frongbak

    What qualifies as a drug? Marijuana, Alcohol, Cocaine, Tobacco, Ritalin, Aspirin? It's about abuse not use, not trying to slam you but being Dogmatic about any of that type of stuff just strikes me as naive. Free you mind and your ass will follow.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 10:53 a.m. CST

    ATTN: Harry

    by fassbinder79

    "though for most of the movie he’s doing the most brilliant insane white Australian in black face trying to be a noble black man as he would imagine one… and it’s hysterical, mainly due to Brandon Jackson’s ALPA CHINO – a young African-American actor that is constantly offended at Downey – throughout… but more on that later." You said "more on that later." Okay so what else were you going to say about Jackson? Trying to help you out here because the way you left that hanging does not sit well.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 11 a.m. CST

    excellent spoiler-free article

    by jason baum

    makes me wanna see this even more than i already do! and i completely agree that vin diesel/the rock should've played the stiller role - it makes perfect sense.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Marijuana specifically

    by Zombieflicker

    I've seen too many good people ABUSE it and become losers because of it in my lifetime that I basically despise it (and alcohol abuse too). Anytime a movie semi-promotes it always gives me a bad taste. I have pre-teenage daughters that ultimately end up watching Knocked Up and Superbad at sleepovers and come back and tell me how hilarious it is, and all the while I'm thinking that their "innocence is gone" (and I want to kick the shit out of whoever let them watch it) They go to public schools so it probably was gone by then anyway. Pineapple is just another movie that I have to try top ban them from their eyes is all.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 11:25 a.m. CST

    When Stillers career is mentioned,

    by skimn

    no mention of Reality Bites? I haven't seen it in years, but I recall it as a good but perhaps dated comedy. And quite the cast also, Ryder, Zahn, Hawke and Stiller.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Ben Stiller...

    by Kid Z

    ...as yet another annoying little guy driven by a barely-contained, bottomless pit of rage, I've always enjoyed Stiller's movies, even crap like Night At the Museum and Mystery Men. But that's just me, of course.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 11:37 a.m. CST

    "Glorified drug use"...

    by Kid Z

    ...well, I've never understood this country's hamhanded, schizophrenic views on drugs. There is a difference between occasional, enlighten use and ABUSE. Criminalizing people who just want to change their mindset for awhile is just another example of the puritanical, sadistic streak that runs a little too deep in our supposed culture. Criminalizing people who clearly have problems is just barbarism. I could also go into how the fact that some mind-altering substances are legal (alcohol and nicotine) while most others are illegal has a lot more to do with innate racism and corporate control than anything else. But I've probably gotten the red-staters too riled up already and this is a stupid-ass movie talkback, so I'll stop.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Zombieflicker

    by skimn

    As a parent of a 16-year old daughter I appreciate your concern over drug and alcohol use on screen in recent popular comedies. You may recall ultimately that Superbad and Knocked Up actually ended with the message of responsibilty and understanding. And shielding her from depictions of drug use on screen, will not shield her from drug use in her real life. Fortunately my daughter has been exposed to drug (marijuana) use in school, and she views those who smoke as brain dead jokers.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Stiller

    by Shoegeezer

    Not really liked anything he's done since Zoolander and while his action hero schtick here is rather misfiring, the Simple Jack stuff is magnificent, I thought it was just going to be some offhand spoof movie mentioned once but there's plenty of it and it even becomes relevant to the plot. Downey is on an other level altogether, taking what looked all set to be a one note routine and turning it into something complex, unusual, thought provoking and incredibly funny. If they gave Oscars for comedy roles he'd be a shoo in.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 12:20 p.m. CST

    The Ben Stiller Show

    by ZooTrain

    Was one of the great sketch comedy shows of the 90's. Its cancellation was one of tragic proportions.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 12:25 p.m. CST

    I don't know where you Americans....

    by Ray Gamma

    I don't know where you Americans get the idea that Brits are pansies. You need guns to go around killing one another in the street. We do it with knives and our bare hands. Now fuck off back to your mothers' aprons you illiterate soft cunts.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Zoolander is hysterical, Dodgeball isn't bad...

    by mefrog

    Night at the Museum was fucking embarrassing. Truly. We watched in history when the AP was done and I just put my head down. But this looks hilarious. Every time Robert Downey Jr. speaks in the trailers, I crack up. I can't wait.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 12:33 p.m. CST

    The Ben Stiller Show

    by skimn

    Thank God it aired on Fox when it did. Nowadays it would get 2 plays then be yanked for another Gordon Ramsey series.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Pussies

    by frongbak

    Maybe it's cause you bitch about grammatical errors and refuse to wear braces. But your right, most Americans who spend their days posting on movie websites aren't badasses, and usually are unarmed. I am in the mood for some soft cunts though, delicious, pink and velvety, perhaps that is best saved for another website.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 12:39 p.m. CST

    "No one makes me bleed my own blood..

    by skimn

    No One!" I did find his over-the-top character from Dodgeball to be pretty funny. Plays the arrogant prick well.<p>I've said it before, see his role as "himself" on the first season of Extras. Hilarious.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Ray Gamma

    by SpawnofAchilles

    go drink some tea and get your teeth fixed while you're at it

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 12:42 p.m. CST

    LOL can you give me another 'british teeth' joke please?

    by Ray Gamma

    because i don't think we've had enough of them yet. come on, try harder, you witless shitheads.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 12:54 p.m. CST

    and how many

    by SpawnofAchilles

    knife fights have you been in tough guy? you gonna knife me over the internet...coward

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Shit Ray Gamma, the SAS are Brits...

    by Kid Z

    ...and those muthas can take out double their number in Navy Seals, easy. Who said British people are pansies? You lot invented skinheads and football riots, for crying out loud!

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Meet the Fockers was awful

    by Reckoner

    I mean unbelievably bad. I can't believe it made like $280 million in the US.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 1:12 p.m. CST

    SAS vs SEALS

    by frongbak

    That would be a killer TV show. They couple drop two teams of four in the middle of the jungle with no supplies and give them various missions to complete. Season finale would be a death match with whoever is left. Fuck Survivor, that show would be the tits.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Serial Killers too

    by frongbak

    The Brits invented tose too, or was it the Germans, or was that genocide? I was never good with Euro history.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Permenent Midnight?

    by Turingtestee

    That and Mystery Men are the only Stiller flicks I really like.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 1:16 p.m. CST

    USA vs UK

    by Ray Gamma

    USA football clothing: helmets, shoulder pads, knee pads, elbow pads, teeth guards, shin guards, and you're not allowed to kick the ball. </P> <P> UK football clothing: Shorts and a teeshirt, and you are actively encouraged to kick the fuck out of anyone in the stadium. </P> <P> I rest my case, you limp American girlies.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Pineapple . . . .

    by Turingtestee

    My impression is that yes, it'll be funny, but not any funnier then a handful of other action-comedies. After a year or two, meh. I think Tropic will end either a complete flop, or a minor classic.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Soccer

    by frongbak

    Have you seen those pansies writhe on the ground after a trip trying to pull a call. There is more acting in soccer than action. And Vinnie Jones, King of the Tough Guys is best known for grabbing someone's nuts in a Free Kick Wall. I dare Beck's to line up as an RB in Football and play one 1/4 of a game, they'd break him like a crispy chip.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 1:44 p.m. CST

    bollocks

    by Ray Gamma

    real men don't need all the padding. you bunch of sissy spaceks.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Rugby

    by frongbak

    You could of at least mentioned Rugby, they actually hit each other. Come back when they start giving yellow cards in Football, lolly.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Pineapple Express is better

    by applescruff

    Its got a few more laugh out loud moments than this, but this movie is undoubtedly great. Its almost unfair that they're dropping these two films within a week of each other. They should've bookended the summer with 'em, starting with Tropic in May and Pineapple Express exactly where it is. Alfonso Cuaron is a God, not Tom Cruise (although that crazy Scientologist prick is pretty damn funny in this).

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 2:10 p.m. CST

    You like Black but you don't like Stiller?

    by Rev. Slappy

    How in God's name is that one possible. Jack Black redifines annoying.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Zoolander is shit

    by Heckles

    So was Heartbreak Kid. Stiller is on a downward spiral. Hopefully this kicks him back up.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 2:41 p.m. CST

    How can you not like Meet the Parents, Harry?

    by HoboCode

    I almost died from lauhging so hard in that film.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Flirting With Disaster

    by Bruarvatn

    I like Stiller a lot. He is really good at playing guys in akward situations. My fave Stiller movies are Zoolander, Flirting With Disaster and Something About Mary. I also happen to be the one guy that really liked The Heartbrak Kid. He is also really good in Heavyweights and Starsky And Hutch I think, and his Tom Cruise impression on MI2 is amazing.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 3 p.m. CST

    pondscum

    by cutest_of_borg

    "...greedy, racist land owners..." Smile when you say that, goddamnit. I think Adams may disagree with you there, chief.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Ray

    by cutest_of_borg

    Enough, already. You're not going to convince anyone on the cool side of the pond that faggy Euro soccer rocks. When I see highlights (if you can call them that) I see a bunch of little boys playing kickball. Real men play in the NFL. Sissy.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Zoolander and Dodgeball...

    by davebaxter1989

    ...are comedic classics!

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Fuck you all...

    by BeerEngineer

    Ray Gamma is my hero. "Could care less," has no meaning. You're just saying something for the sake of saying it, which is fucking retarded.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Blackface

    by fassbinder79

    Its interesting to me how few people (if any) in anticipation for this film have mentioned anything disagreeable about Downey's donning blackface for this film. Everyone seems to be okay with it. I recently got into old film serials and I found it disturbing how few people mentioned when reviewing one of their favorite serials Daredevils Of The Red Circle that the "Snowflake" character was one of the most horrific displays of blatant racism in this history of cinema. Are we going backwards or forwards that no one seems to have a problem with two recent major hollywood films featuring Jack Black (i.e. Tropic Thunder and Be Kind Rewind) that have a main character in blackface? I don't have a problem with un-PC humor. I just don't understand how everyone is so okay with it.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Lived up to the hype? If Harry says yay...

    by halberd

    ...then that only reaffirms my intentions of going to see this trifecta-headlined comedy. Stiller, Downey and Black are the shit, moreso Black [been a fan since 'the D' daze] Haven't experienced a comedy @ the movies in 'a minute', as the kiddies seem to say nowadays, but TT would be the candidate that forces outta me a solid 10 bucks + gas spent in transportation.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Keeping the Faith

    by antonphd

    That was a great family movie. Hulk vs Angry Man. Over the girl next door. Classic.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 4:26 p.m. CST

    re: "cutest_of_borg"

    by Ray Gamma

    hahaha! you said "Real men play in the NFL. Sissy." </P> <P> Then explain to me why 'real men' need all that padding and crash helmets. Is it because they are a load of fairies who don't want to get bruised? LOL

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Zoolander sucks

    by Second Try

    Meet the Parents is funny

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Ray Gamma...you're killing me

    by DoctorWho?

    Props for pointing out the "could care less" idiocy. It drives me crazy and I hear supposedly 'smart' people use it it all of the time. I'm a Yank by the way and find your deft hijacking of this TB into Brit vs. Yank food fight quite amusing. Cheers!!

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 4:51 p.m. CST

    More Screenings in Minnesota

    by Smithaz1981

    I'll even pay next time. Why can't I see this movie.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 5:18 p.m. CST

    You can't see Stiller as an "action guy"...

    by UltimaRex

    Our latest "action guy" is Shia LeBoeuf. The Y chromosome is dying out Harry. Didn't you get the memo?

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Pondscum

    by JimBobCooter

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Oops

    by JimBobCooter

    Premature enter button... <p> Pondscum... as per the revolution, the Brits got their asses kicked because they wanted to tax the colonies without allowing them a say in the government. So, they were paying to keep the motherland going without being represented. So ENGLAND were the greedy bastards. All they had to do was appoint ONE PARLIAMENT SEAT and the revolution wouldn't have happened. Or not as quickly. Instead they cracked down like communist China and made the revolution inevitable. <p> And Europe (and England) had slaves too. The point is you grow as a nation and fight wars amongst yourself and hopefully the right theory wins out.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 5:28 p.m. CST

    As per NFL vs. Rugby

    by JimBobCooter

    NFL -- not afraid of an overhanded pass. And we wear helmets so our ears don't look like bulbous fleshy cauliflower. We are tough, but we care about getting the chicks, too. <p> But being in South Africa and seeing Rugby, I will give props to the sport. Fun to watch. But you can't really toss a rugby ball in the backyard with a friend. Something about an underhanded throw seems awkward. Maybe that's just me.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 5:33 p.m. CST

    thanks "DoctorWho?"

    by Ray Gamma

    i don't really hate americans. just the fuckwits.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Waaahhhhhhh

    by BDT

    Had to miss Spaced and then Tropic Thunder....I'm sure this motherly devotion has rewards that are worth the huge disappointment of missing these two winners and that is my comfort. But geez louise, two of the most fun movie events of the summer. I cannot wait until I can see Tropic Thunder. I'm not a big Ben Stiller fan, but there have been a few times I've enjoyed his movies... Mystery Men and Heavyweights were fun and well suited to his comedic style. I know I'm gonna love Tropic Thunder.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 7:33 p.m. CST

    pond

    by cutest_of_borg

    I was thinking John but either will do. As would Jefferson. Slaves? Who gives a crap? Those were the times and we often make the mistake of interpreting the 18th century through 21st century armchair philosophy. Crap I say. And the Revolution my friend was about much more than money. I have several ancestors who fought for both the Massachusetts and Virginia militias who saw otherwise. Don't believe everything your uber-liberal college history 101 prof told you.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Ray

    by cutest_of_borg

    I assume that by this hour you are out beating up some visitng German citizen. Hooligan. If NFL players didn't wear padding they would kill each other - such is the amount of force the brutes generate. Considerably more than those shorts-wearing(!) pussyfarts.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 9:08 p.m. CST

    Harry, what about the weekend TRON chat?

    by cyberskunk

    Also, Tropic Thunder looks fun.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 10 p.m. CST

    pond

    by cutest_of_borg

    Mad? Hardly. Perhaps I should have been clearer. When I was referring to my ancestors who fought on the side of the Americans I was stating that they were fighting for independence from England. I seriously doubt they cared two shits about tariffs and money matters. It was liberty, chief. I don't care what you say. You are not going to convince me otherwise. I, too, have been schooled in history - not in England, however. Bottom line - I get a bit defensive when someone spouts that revisionist crap. It is an insult to the Founding Fathers, my ancestors, and me. So agree to disagree, then. I'm off to bed.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 12:12 a.m. CST

    I've Seen This Film 3 Times Already

    by thelordofhell

    Jesus, they've been having free "test screenings" of this film for over 6 months!! It's a hilarious movie but why in the hell would I want to pay to see this movie AGAIN!! I swear, sometimes there is a thing as too many screenings of a movie.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 12:45 a.m. CST

    .Robert Downey Jr - times a 1000

    by Fleet

    ...Is that "times a one thousand" or "times a thousand"... You know, just so I can read it in my head properly...

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 1:30 a.m. CST

    harry...

    by huggerorange

    Youve forgotten that the other actors who are satirizing themselves in this movie also happend to be very funny..So, what actual action star could do the same and be funny?? I think stallone is awesome, in my opinion, he has many many strengths as an actor,writer,etc-minus comedies. As a Ben Stiller fan I highly doubt this movie couldve been as funny...We've all seen every dramatic-action genre actor youve mentioned in a comedy film .....what was that Vin Diesel one where he played a marine nanny?

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 1:38 a.m. CST

    by huggerorange

    i forgot to ask...how in the heck can you not like movies like MEET THE PARENTS, ZOOLANDER, STARSKY & HUTCH, DODGEBALL, MEET THE FOCKERS, NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM and THE HEARTBREAK KID???? ok, so night at the museum and starsky & Hutch are questionable..but the others?..not even a chuckle during dodgeball or zoolander??? Most of those comedies are classics!!!

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 1:57 a.m. CST

    what a non-review

    by the milf lover

    which is a refreshing change, since there is no spoilers. All you tell us is that you dont like Stiller but that you think the movie is very funny. I'm getting more interested in seeing it actually, I'm just hoping all the funniest bits arent in the trailers. <p> As for the lack of controversy/outrage over the Downey Jr blackface role, its probably because its not just Downey in blackface, but Downey playing a white guy who goes overboard in becoming 'black' thus making a parody/satire of blackface. I'm guessing the usual 'racial complainers' are smart enough to recognise this, or maybe a Ben Stiller movie is just not worth their while to protest.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 3:52 a.m. CST

    Wait wait wait...

    by jsm1978

    Shouldn't have involved the French... fair enough, then we'll just go ahead and say America should have stayed out of the World Wars as well. <p> I'm going to agree with milf regarding the race issue.<p> And as for Stiller... he can be funny, but I can only take so much of him at a time. Haven't seen anything with him in it for a while, so I should be good for this one.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 4:12 a.m. CST

    sheez... knowles is a horrifying reviewer

    by mynemaborat

    he doesn't know how to review... its actually tiring reading his garbage

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Simple Jack

    by Zombieflicker

    What a bunch of pussies. Dreamworks removed the Simple Jack website. How retarded! Just kidding!!!

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 8:16 a.m. CST

    I wondered that too, fassbinder79

    by Sylvia Simon

    I think that an astounding number of folks have huge sticks up their asses regarding political correctness. But Robert Downey Jr. in blackface disturbs me. And usually I'll plunk down cash for anything he's in. But this one? Kinda creeps me out. (I'm a USA gal who roots for Newcastle and couldn't recognize an NFL player if my life depended on it...except for that pansy assed Farve. Just my particular thang. Go Toons!)

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Keeping The Faith

    by Bruarvatn

    I forgot about that one. A good movie. Not great, but very good I think.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Rugby vs. American Football

    by The_Great_Skeeve

    Why do American Football players wear pads while Rugby players do not? Simple. Superior athletes of greater size and speed play American Football. Seriously, how many people in Rugby weigh over 250 lbs and can run 4.5 second 40 yard dash? Who would you rather get hit by: A slow English guy who wouldn't make it on a division 1A college program or a 300+ lb NFL defensive lineman or 250 lb linebacker... or even a 220 lb safety for that matter.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 11:33 a.m. CST

    And furthermore, Pond...

    by cutest_of_borg

    I just love this statement - ..."obviously correct...". Man, I remember when I was in my 20's and just KNEW I knew everything. If you really think the Revolution started solely because of the Stamp Act then you really did receive an incomplete "education" back in merry olde England. You know, I think if you did just a little research you may find the Intolerable Acts, the Boston Massacre, and the march on Lexington & Concord just MIGHT have had a little bit to do with how the Cntinental Congress began to perceive England. Best of luck to you, chief.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Oh, Pondie...

    by cutest_of_borg

    I didn't realize the Brit education system was still smarting about the results of the Revolution. If you are an American I feel sorry for you as you are the type of twat who sits there smugly on the 4th and tries to ruin everyones day. Independence Day is the greatest day of the year, my friend. Have a beer, read the Declaration, and light a few fireworks. If you're a Brit then your opinion on why the war was fought is meaningless. Your ancestors lost, we won. Oh, and what a clever boy you are dredging up the old wiki retort. But, alas, my undergrad was in History - right here in the cradle of modern Democracy - Virginia. We know a thing or two about the events of that time. So, enough. I love my country. I love it in spite of the last 8 years of boobery. I love the fact that we fought against tyranny and won. I love that you can spout that slanderous drivel and not be persecuted. So retort. Post away. It means nothing in the broad scheme of things. As does this post.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 3:24 p.m. CST

    I always thought Robert Downey Jr was overrated

    by Cotton McKnight

    and I kept wondering why people kept giving him a break in Hollywood. Well... now I know why. The guy is just a flat out great actor. He is the only thing I find funny about the trailer and the only reason why I would see it. Though i'm sure the rest of it would be funny, he is what would get me through the door.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 4:11 p.m. CST

    pond

    by cutest_of_borg

    That "we" being the collective American all-encompassing we. Should I not be proud my ancestors fought on the American side and not the Loyalist? "Slanderous drivel" being a response to "greedy, racist land owners". Yes, some were slave owners but again, those were the times. Dude, its a shame that being proud of ones country has come to the point that if one declares such patriotism he is immediately branded a low-forehead redneck. I would rather stick pins in my eyes than to watch a Bay film or <shudder> listen to goddamn Kid Rock. And I rather like Moore. You've painted me all wrong, sir. Of course, you are excused - as you're not too familiar with America. :)

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 4:12 p.m. CST

    and further...

    by cutest_of_borg

    Stop responding! I need to leave work. I'm tired of having to have the last word so lets consider this it.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 4:18 p.m. CST

    I'M LAUGHING MY ENGLISH BUTT OFF

    by Ray Gamma

    at these american guys trying to come up with justification for all the padding they wear on their soft, feminine bodies whilst playing their soft feminine football.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 5:36 p.m. CST

    aw shucks

    by Ray Gamma

    macy's

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 5:50 p.m. CST

    by cutest_of_borg

    D'oh!

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Here's a thought...

    by cutest_of_borg

    Let's all get back to discussing nerd and geek stuff. Topic: Why Star Trek is the greatest sci-fi show of all time. I'll start. Two words: Fu Manchu. Oh, and soccer is gay.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 6:05 p.m. CST

    and pond

    by cutest_of_borg

    This is not last word. I'll conceed that to you. This is an entirely new train of thought. Excellent argument skills, son.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 6:58 p.m. CST

    The trailer for "Rain of Madness..."

    by depalma25

    which is, of course, a take on The "Hearts of Darkness" is at quicktime. Was this whole trailer shown in the movie? It's hilarious.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 7 p.m. CST

    Yeah I want to see it

    by disfigurehead

    Looks kinda stupid so I'm there.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 7:16 p.m. CST

    FINALY!!!

    by Broseph

    some good comedies

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 7:28 p.m. CST

    How and the hell does a review...?

    by depalma25

    ...about Tropic Thunder turn into a debate on NFL vs Rugby? It did, so I'll put in my two cents. I'm an American and a huge sports fan. You'll never catch me watching a soccer match, or a rugby match, or a cricket game. For that matter, hockey is not my cup of tea either. Having said that, there is one simple reason for this: I DIDN'T GROW UP ON THOSE SPORTS! This debate about which sports are better than another is pointless. Most Europeans can't stand baseball. This is because they don't understand it as Americans do,(as a pastime) or fail to see the nuances in this very skilled game. They didn't throw the ball around with their dad in the backyard, or have the childhood experience of walking into the ballpark for the first time, and reliving that feeling everytime you go. Regarding Cricket, well, I feel the same way, I imagine many in the UK feel about about baseball. It bores me to tears, but again...I didn't grow up on it. American football is absolutely fanatastic -- for those who "get it." I don't care for the game of soccer. It's the most popular sport in the world so I concede that I don't "get it." Hockey looks like a freakin' blast -- it's physical, and fast paced. I know that if I grew up playing or watching the game, it would be one of my favorite sports. As is stands, I've never watched an entire game. Now all this doesn't mean that as individuals we are stuck in the mud without the ability to fall in love with other cultures and their traditions, but to debate about which "sport is better," seems a bit silly. Major League Soccer is coming to my city next year. I have heard that a live, professional soccer match is actually quite thrilling. I'll be there opening day. I think we can all agree, however, that Curling is just plain retarded.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 7:41 p.m. CST

    It's not Blackface

    by thegrayghost

    Blackface is an stereotypical, physical exaggeration of blacks with the ragged cloths, shoe-polish skin, wigs, and large lips. Downey actually looks like a real black person. It's not blackface. We are not laughing AT him because he makes black people look funny or act dumb (because he does not), we are laughing because he looks like a real person and is playing a white person who is playing a black person. Big difference. If you don't buy that explanation, it's f-ing comedy, get over yourself.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 8:30 p.m. CST

    You know Mystery Men was his finest hour;-)

    by The cunning linguist

    I'm really looking forward to this, but I just defended Mystery Men, so...oops, did I type that out loud?

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 10:45 p.m. CST

    "He literally knocks this film over the back wall of the theater

    by BadMrWonka

    Harry I love you, but god help me when anyone does that, it makes me want to murder a kitten.<p>there is no REASON to say literally when you mean the COMPLETE OPPOSITE.<p>grammar nerd out.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 5:03 a.m. CST

    Harry, we're still waiting...

    by TheBigLebowsky

    ...for the "More on that later"!

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 6:24 a.m. CST

    tom hanks = speedman

    by ironic_name

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 7:40 a.m. CST

    It's "couldn't give a shit", not "could"!!!

    by pdennett316

    That always bugs me, especially when people say "I could care less". What a dumb fucking statement, if you could care less it means you care a little. <p> The whole point of the statement is to insult who you're addressing by saying they don't matter. If you say COULD give a shit, you're not insulting them at all!!! You're saying "Hey man, you're alright - I do care". Fucking bugs me. It's not just Harry though, it's ALL Americans and it just makes so little sense each time I hear it, I die a little inside.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 9:36 a.m. CST

    OBEY MY DOG.

    by Saluki

    Stiller should direct everything he is in.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Soylent

    by skimn

    I too, thought months ago, this sounded like the seasonal Mountain Dew flavor available at your local participating Taco Bell restaurant.<p>Do The Dew<p>Tropic Thunder for a limited time only.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 1:12 p.m. CST

    re: pdennett316

    by Ray Gamma

    But a whole nation of Americans can't be wrong, can they? </P> <P>Oh wait, they voted Bush in, didn't they?

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 4:10 p.m. CST

    my faraway bride!

    by imthatplainjane

    Check out My Faraway Bride – available on DVD August 19th. This romantic comedy features Bollywood’s Kashmira Shah and Sex and the City’s Jason Lewis. You can watch the trailer at www.myfarawaybride.com.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 4:14 p.m. CST

    zombieflicker

    by juice willis

    no disrespect to your views on the perils of "drug" abuse, but i smoke copious amounts of ganja and still manage to be ridiculously awesome.

  • Aug. 8, 2008, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Ben Stiller was intelligent in funny in the early 90's

    by I Dunno

    His sketch comedy show was great and helped Mr. Show take off and gave Janeane Garafalo (who also used to be funny) her break, as well as other HBO regulars of the 90's. It was smart, satirical and completly bombed. His film The Cable Guy is my favorite Jim Carrey movie. It was smart, and very dark. People were talking about it ruining Carrey's career. <p>So now we have the Ben Stiller of the late 90's/00's. Either a bumbling moron or an over-the-top spaz. Now he's a trillionaire. Give the people what they want.</p><p>With this film it seems that he's made enough money and wants to do what he wants to doand I hope it does well so we won't have to endure There's Something About a Night at the Focker's and Hutch.</p><p>Wait, I actually kinf of liked Starsky and Hutch.</p>

  • Aug. 8, 2008, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Harry! What happend to Neil Cumpston?!?!?!

    by Nerdgasm

    I miss that deranged dude.

  • Aug. 9, 2008, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Hey, Bernie Mac is dead

    by dr sauch

    true stiry

  • Aug. 9, 2008, 9:21 p.m. CST

    I cringe everytime a white person tries to imitate

    by ewokstew

    a black guy. Not because it's wrong, it's just because they usually suck at it. Except for Michael Anthony Hall in Weird Science. Even black people in the audience were rolling after that brilliant showing by mister Hall.

  • Aug. 9, 2008, 11:10 p.m. CST

    I bet half the "Brits" on these boards aren't..

    by malificus

    ..they're probably pathetic wannabe losers who come on here and spout a cheers! here and a Yank! there from their desk in Cleveland. First and foremost, the average Brit is nothing if not polite so these dickworms that come on here with jets aflame are local assholes who've been reading too much Preacher. There's a very simple reason Rugby players don't wear the same protective gear football players do: they don't hit, nor GET hit nearly as hard, obviously, even fully-protected NFL players have very abbreviated careers marked by constant pain and injury and then retire to years of therapy, surgeries and misery. Every time I see a Rugby match all the players are hunkered down in some interminable circle-jerk where NO ONE is getting hit, they just pppuuuuuuuuuuusssssssshhhhh real hard. Woopdeedoo. If England is so fucking great name the last 5 English movies to be released in American cinema's that grossed over 200 million dollars in their first 6 months of release that didn't have Harry Potter in their title. Hell, Dark Knight did that practically in it's first week. Don't even try it, politics sucks but America as a country kicks everyone's ass, and I know it's true because every swingin' dick and hairy pussy in the world wants to come here, if not to stay then they at least spend all their vacations here, you know they do so eat it American-style, with triple patties, 3 slices of American cheese and 4 strips of crispy peppere3d bacon, BITCHES.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 1:42 a.m. CST

    I can't believe Harry actaully likes a movie this summer

    by Rupee88

    <rolling eyes smiley>

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Pineapple Express

    by chuffsterUK

    How come no thousands of reviews for Pineapple Express-this site has hyped every other Rogn shit-fest to death and now,nothing? Is it because it's shit and Harry is to scared to post his review in case it damages it's already mediocre B.O?

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Oh and American Sports

    by chuffsterUK

    U.S `Football`=gay Rugby Basketball=Rounders Basketball=Netball. The last two are girls sports...

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Yackbacker

    by malificus

    That movie would NOT have been made in England the way it was here in the states, don't even try it. If it had the budget would have been like one eighth of what it was and it would have sucked, just like the overwelming majority of all sci-fi/action movies that come out of England suck. And they do. And you know it.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Malificus

    by chuffsterUK

    So America is great because they produce more expensive movies?Ooooookay.......we won't mention how great America is at `friendly fire`then,will we?....

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 1:16 p.m. CST

    could care less

    by DOCTORDETRO1T

    i could care less about it, but i only care this much. i don't see a problem with that. i couldn't care any less about that particular topic. that's good too. people's grammar is the least of my problems, getting a good job, a place to live a nice girlfriend that's what i striving for. you can keep your language england, unfortunately spanish is becoming the new english where i live. and it ain't detroit.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 1:16 p.m. CST

    tropic thunder looks awesome!

    by DOCTORDETRO1T

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Chuffster

    by malificus

    No, not because they are more expensive, but because we spend the money necessary to bring the vision to the screen the way it should be, and sometimes it still sucks, but if you take every cool movie released this summer I don't remember seeing Guy Ritchie's name on any of them. Hell, even your all-mighty Beckham came crawling to L.A. eventually which, while we're on the subject, we'd all be VERY HAPPY for you to take back. Victoria actually manages to out-cheese L.A. and that's saying something. As far as 'friendly fire' goes that's politics and I believe I've already stated politics sucks. Surely even the most jaded Brit can't think for an instant that monkey-faced retard represents the will of the awesome American public. AIPAC runs Washington, I'm sure there's a House of Parlaiment version over there pulling your PM's strings right? Ask any American if they give a rat's ass about spending billions of tax dollars to support Zionism in the middle east, you'd probably have to spell it out for them but gotten down to basics they'd tell the Jews to F themselves, which is what needs to happen REAL QUICK before they blow up another ship of ours like the USS Cole, blame the Iranians and spark up WW3.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 2:22 p.m. CST

    where the fuck is your review for Pineapple Express Harry??

    by TheDark0Knight

    Im sorry for swearing. Seriously though man where is it?

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 3:01 p.m. CST

    malificus

    by chuffsterUK

    Friendly fire is politics?Just representitive of a trigger happy nation.And as for your other bile regarding jews,I'll let other spank your scummy arse for that. The Beckhams,especially Victoria?The majority of us can't fucking stand them!

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 11:09 p.m. CST

    Chuffster

    by malificus

    "bile regarding jews"? What bile? Israel DID attack the USS Cole, it's a fact, what about that is bile? Who in their right mind DOESN'T realize that AIPAC controls US politics? How is my "arse scummy" for being informed? OH, unless you're one of those pathetic bootlickers who think Israel is so sancrosanct that they are beyond reproach or criticism? Why don't YOU defend the Zionists if you love them so much? Me, I won't waste a dime, dollar or precious drop of my blood, nor the blood of those I love and care for over a country that treats people exactly the same way they were supposed to have been treated during WW2, but feel free to buy your ticket for WW3 when it sparks if you love Zionism so much, they'll be happy you did and you might want to bring your kids with you because it's gonna get messy. I welcome any reasonably-informed person to take me to task for calling it like it is, AIPAC hasn't taken away my right to free speech yet, though they are trying VERY HARD.

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Wow

    by PeanutGallery

    And now the thread drifts to anti-semitism! We have a new low!

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 11:14 a.m. CST

    "200 hundred awesome moments"

    by Seph_J

    if that were a real number, then im sure it would be a lot

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 12:47 p.m. CST

    PeanutGallery

    by chuffsterUK

    Thats why I chose not to respond to the Nazi fuckwit anymore:)

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 3:55 p.m. CST

    the clone wars review

    by disfigurehead

    I copied it...... A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away life was good and a movie named Star Wars rocked our god damned faces off. But those days are gone, in their place an endless stream of merchandising not meant for the average consumer, but the hyper specialized fan who still to this day must own everything and anything properly branded with the Star Wars logo. The inmates run the asylum now as Lucas long ago stopped listening to his soul as an artist - his heart as a storyteller – and has since begun listening to the slavering fanboys who cry themselves to sleep at night with their Darth Vader backpacks clutched close to their chests lest they separate it from their beating hearts. He’s long since stopped working with the geniuses of old, replacing them with young, idealistic artists who revere him as some sort of living Man-God and long to carry on his legacy rather than forging their own. He’s forgotten that the most important duty you have to your fanbase is not to give them what they want – but instead to give them what they REALLY want. Do the fanboys REALLY want a bunch of scenes of characters whose destinies we already know fly through a series of dogfights so their pretty ships can go PEWPEWPEW against lifeless moronic droids so incompetent you question the tenacity of anyone that would put them into service let alone fight a war with an army of them? Do the fanboys REALLY want to spend the next 20 years of their lives arguing that the movies they love don’t, in fact, suck the hair off of a nutless monkey? Do the fanboys REALLY want an animated television series not written for 30-year-old men, but easily amused 8 year olds on Saturday morning between bites of soggy Corn Puffs? Because that’s what they’re fucking getting with The Clone Wars. This. Is. Shit-ty. Everything that was wrong with the prequels is wrong again here. There’s not much reason to dredge out all those complaints again. The Prequels aren’t actually Star Wars movies. They’re Fanfic. Bad fanfic that tries to include every element you love about Star Wars without actually using those elements the way they were intended. And while some might argue that it can’t be fanfic if the original creator is involved, I would counter that the creator in question died a long time ago. In a galaxy far, far away. As an artist Lucas is entirely bankrupt, no longer able to conjure a single, tangible, original idea. And unlike other artists in his situation, he isn’t able to properly recycle the ones he had to begin with either. No, Star Wars is an ailing, dying beached whale of a property, too large to ignore but left too long in the sun to save. And the stench is unimaginable. So leave it to television writers to sit down and come up with a classic solution to lagging ratings. Their genius booster shot in the arm of suckdom? A plucky tween girl sidekick who keeps getting herself into trouble while being delightfully precocious and calling Anakin Darth fucking Vader himself Skyguy. Again. And again. And again. Every time this 14-year-old little monster opens her mouth to say something “witty” my jaw went slack and my eyes rolled into the back of my skull. She’s unbearable, absolutely excruciating to watch, and yet she finds herself in almost every scene of the film. She’s around so much I half expected her to pop up in scenes with the emperor or the Hutts, just stumbling into frame while saying something “cute” like “Oops, wrong door,” or “This isn’t the shuttle bay.” Seriously, the only way she could be any more annoying is if she added the word MEESA to the beginning of every sentence and BOMBAD to the end of it. You beginning to feel me? I get that they might be working towards a Luke Skywalker type transformation, but that doesn’t replace the fact that A) her very presence makes me want to punch the person nearest me in the face repeatedly and B) she will not, ever, play a part in the mythology of the original films or the fanfic prequel films at all, unless Lucas goes back in to tinker with them AGAIN. So odds are she will meet a bitter untimely end sometime later in the series, like randomly slamming into an asteroid like the Han Solo clone from Shadows of the Empire. If and when that happens, I MIGHT tune in. If I don’t just youtube the scene. Again. And again. And again. Then there’s the unending problem of putting characters in peril that we already know the fates of. Look, George. Having Anakin and Count Dooku have a dual ISN’T EXCITING. We already know what happens to Dooku. He died on screen YEARS AGO. We know he doesn’t die at the hands of Skywalker. Nor does Skywalker get so much as a scratch from him. We know this already. So why devote so much time to it, unless you’re completely out of ide Oh. The party’s over guys. The only one’s left here are the folks who haven’t realized it yet. I’m sure the Star wars fan forums are going to be aflutter with the revelations that Dooku once fought Anakin or that Anakin actually once went back to Tatooine, or that Jabba has an Uncle that - unlike other Hutt’s - sounds like a bad New Orleans piano player. But for the rest of us? This is just another episode in a long line of attempts to charge you for something you loved as a kid. I mean honestly, how much shit would we be giving Coppola if he had greenlit The Further Adventures of the Corleone’s? Because that’s what this is. Will I be watching the series? After an hour and a half of being bored to tears? Not on your life. That path leads only to fear and anger, and we all know that once you start down that path, there is no turning back. If you WANT this to be good rather than KNOWING it will be good, odds are you’re gonna be in the same boat as myself. This is no better than the Prequels. Scrub that hope out of your heart now. Until next time friends, smoke ‘em if ya got ‘em. Massawyrm

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Nazi's and anti-semitism?

    by malificus

    Same old bullshit, say something a Zionist doesn't like and hang the old anti-semitism label on,can't get any ideas or thoughts across then can you? That shit is tired and people like you two assholes are even more tired and your bullshit game is just about up. I don't see ANYONE leaping to the defense of Zionism on here, or didn't you two twats notice that? OH WAIT, you obviously DID notice that, that's why you trotted out the old standby's right? Pathetic. You don't defend Zionism, you just hang indefensable labels on people who differ from you and call it a day, it's classic. I wish I could meet you two asswipes face to face I'd show you a little righteous anger to go along with the facts you dickfaces can't debate. Hang a label on THAT.

  • Aug. 12, 2008, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Malificus

    by PeanutGallery

    Hehe, got some anger and hate in you don't ya! Your so cool dude. Did a Jew bang your sister or something?

  • Aug. 12, 2008, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Mailificus Part Douche

    by PeanutGallery

    I think the reason no one took you to task on your anti-semitic rant was, I dunno, this is a thread on Tropic Thunder? LOL you stupid fuckwad!

  • Aug. 12, 2008, 1:18 p.m. CST

    USS Cole

    by PeanutGallery

  • Aug. 12, 2008, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Ok I'll bite

    by PeanutGallery

    One fact you spouted off about was the fact that the Cole was bombed by Israel and blamed on the Iranians. Crack a history book you dim witted neanderthal. Iran wasn't blamed. Al Qaida was held liable, as was the Sudanese government. I don't know where your hatred comes from but it really muddies your thoughts. You should try decaf.

  • Aug. 12, 2008, 7:10 p.m. CST

    Peabrain

    by malificus

    My fault for actually speaking about two different incidences in the same sentance, that obviously confused your already overtaxed intellect. perhaps if you spent less time with some strange hobos balls in your mouth you'd have a better view of your monitor and would actually be able to understand what your betters are writing about. Why bother anyway? Al Qaida was created by the fucking CIA to start with douchebag, but I'm sure you already read that in your history book right? In between giving hand relief to your instructors? Why don't you forget about it loser? If I wanted to take the time I could crush you like a cheap oil can but I gotta work, which is probably something else you know nothing about.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 12:42 p.m. CST

    malifucus

    by ChildOfMen

    Why are you blaing PeanutGallery for your incoherence? You said "Israel DID attack the USS Cole, it's a fact". And your defense is that you were speaking about two difference "incidences" (I assume you meant incidents) in the same "sentance"? How so? What exactly are you confusing things with? Even among the crackpots I haven't normally heard of people saying Israel had ANYTHING to do with the USS Cole bombing. Are you possibly confusing this with the USS Liberty?

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Nice try

    by PeanutGallery

    Swing and a miss. I like your assumptions. They make me laugh at how pathetic you seem. I don't need to flex my cyber muscle to out duel you, it's quite evident that the whole world hates you. Your anti-semitic, homophobic rants are quite entertaining. You have almost turned over every forum cliche there is! Your parents must be so proud of their little scrapper.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 2:13 p.m. CST

    just saw it

    by disfigurehead

    Freakin loved it.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Simple Jack

    by disfigurehead

    So I guess a bunch of retards are upset about Ben Stiller's "Simple Jack" character. It's a fucking movie people!! Get over it! What are you all retarded? Oh yeah I guess you are.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 7:27 a.m. CST

    Zoolander is Stillers

    by emeraldboy

    best film. You have to watch it a couple of times. I saw on DVD after the critics killed it stone dead and I agreed with them. But I saw it again and I laughed myself sick. and saw it again and I laughed myself sick all over again. The scene with Stiller and wilson and the computer is priceless but by far and way the funniest thing is scene with Ferrell as Mugatu in office. Magutu: behold the derek zoolander museum for kids who cant read good but want to learn stuff. Zoolander: What is this?... a muesuem for ants, how can they read if they can even fit inside the building.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Very disappointed with "Tropic Thunder"

    by Drunken Rage

    Waaaaay over-hyped. Very uneven script, pacing is bad. Unlikeable/unfunny characters (Jack Black, particularly).

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 9:19 a.m. CST

    For some reason

    by Bob Dobbs

    I just couldn't find that many laughs in this one. It wasn't horrible, but it wasn't laugh-out-loud funny either. Maybe it was Jack Black's completely superfluous character.

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 9:49 a.m. CST

    it wasn't that funny

    by slickshoed

    i came in expecting big things. but maybe reading up on the film kinda killed it. i can count just a handful of times that i laughed, and most of those were during the "previews". how many times do we need to see ben stiller falling on the ground throwing his arms up in the air? props to all involved, but it's sad that it started feeling redundant half way through.

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 8:46 p.m. CST

    It could have been better

    by amrisharmpit

    Definitely agree that this movie did not live up to the hype, and was not nearly as funny as the two other comedies with the same premise -- Three Amigos and Galaxy Quest. I enjoyed Tropic Thunder, but nothing in it was as funny as the fake trailers that opened the film. I also thought Tom Cruise looked awkward doing comedy.

  • Aug. 16, 2008, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Tropic Thunder was FUCKING AWESOME

    by Broseph

    I absolutely loved it! i thought rdj was great.pineapple express was very disappointing

  • Aug. 17, 2008, 6:28 a.m. CST

    Nice Try

    by Half-Baked-Goggle-Box-Do-Gooder

    "Tropic Thunder" had some good performances, some good, EVIL jokes and I didn't even hate Ben Stiller this time around. Downey was PERFECT. But, does anybody else think that it didn't go far ENOUGH? That there were FAR more cynical, underhanded typical moviebiz tactics that could've been lampooned that were left untouched? As far as satires of Hollywood go, this thing didn't have a patch on "The Player" or "Curb Your Enthusiasm". Certainly nowhere near "Team America".

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Classic

    by ChocolateJesus

    Zoolander and Mystery Men are classic comedies.

  • Aug. 20, 2008, 3:28 a.m. CST

    god this was terrible

    by MrHyde

    nuff said

  • Aug. 20, 2008, 7:15 a.m. CST

    It's Was Aite

    by thegrayghost

    I liked RDJ in this movie, but all his good scenes were in the commercials/trailers ... I hate it when they do that. Everyone else was ok or a little annoying. I liked Ben Stiller in Meet the Parents and Zoolander. I also liked Jack Black in School of Rock. But in this movie, they were both annoying, uninteresting, and a little painful to watch at times. I was actually pretty hyped up to watch this movie due to Downey's involvement after the success of Ironman. I don't know ... it simply wasn't that funny. Watch Pineapple Express instead ... that movie actually had an interesting plot and the performances were good, genuine, and most importantly funny. James Franco played a really great stoner ... hilarious!

  • Aug. 22, 2008, 6:30 p.m. CST

    needed less of Cruise/McCougnahey

    by Prossor

    Those scenes with the studio people were not really funny, McConaughey continues to prove the unlikable airhead that he is, Cruise's whole shtick was how many creative ways can he curse and this is lazy writing. It was probably not a good idea to have two real life twits parody the negative aspects of both of their personalities, even in the name of comedy it still came off unlikable. More attention was needed for the jungle stuff like fleshing out Jack Black's character to something more than the crazy fat guy would have been better!

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 6:58 a.m. CST

    Aluminum vs. Aluminium

    by Chilly

    Well this has certainly been a talkback to sum up the best and worse of them. Despite hating online bitchfests, I have to say I was thoroughly enjoying the US vs. UK stuff. I'm a Brit (reluctantly - I'm Scottish) but the banter made me warm pleasantly to both sides of the argument. Shame it then took a much more unpleasant turn, but no country can be held accountable for every dickhead it spawns. And Ray - fair play for keeping the flag flying, mate, but referring to your 'English BUTT' doesn't help your argument. Shame on you, fella. Can I recommend the fabulous Nick Nolte flick North Dallas Forty for an insight into the NFL experience. (Why no films about rugby though, apart from This Sporting Life and the crap Up N Under?) Getting back to Tropic Thunder - good fun. But that fucking redband trailer! Gives away the last terrific joke pay-off, as well as a genuinely surprising early bath for one character. Annoying. Regarding drugs and Pineapple Express, Tropic Thunder doesn't exactly skimp on that front either - Jack Black's cold turkey description of what he'd do for a hit is a definite highlight. Similarly, the blackface argument doesn't hold water. It is covered already in the film and should only offend those pricks who go with the sole intention of BEING offended, imho. And why not Downey Jr. for the Best Support Oscar? What comedy precedents do we have? Kevin Kline doing stereotyped Italian impressions? Mira Sorvino, Whoopi Goldberg and Marisa Tomei as broadly-(but admittedly brilliantly) played stereotypes? Hattie MacDaniel? Downey's character is set up for ridicule, but at least some sort of point is being made. And wonderfully acted, at that. ***MINOR SPOILER AHEAD*** And is it just me, or is he a ringer for Mel Gibson at the end, once he sheds his fake persona? Christ, you could DROWN in the irony.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 12:07 a.m. CST

    Finally saw this yesterday

    by Fineus Fog

    there wsa 3 other peole in the cinema (middle of the day - I should've been working, oh well) Yeah it was funny, but not but gustingly (hee hee) funny. Downey Jr ruled the school and Jack Black was suitably insane but I didnt laugh my ass off all the way thru. Maybe it was the lack of people in the theatre - I dont know. I did laugh a little too loud at the "Prop Head' bit and yes The Cruiser nailed it

  • Sept. 7, 2008, 12:29 a.m. CST

    I would have cast Nick Cage in the Speedman role.

    by Yamato

    I think that would have been a great pick.